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Color guard, from left, Larry Griffin on rifle, Glenn Burnaman with the American flag, Joseph Teed with the Missouri State American Legion flag, Bill Linnartz on rifle and color guard commander Gary Maugh, foreground, as the group performs at the state convention earlier this month where they retained their status as Missouri’s official American Legion color guard.

Stockton’s own American Legion Trent-Sallee Post 230 color guard is officially headed to compete for nationwide honors.

The post’s color guard took first place in the state of Missouri last year and went on to place fourth place in last year’s national competition.

Placing first again this year at the state level, the group looks to outdo itself in the upcoming national competition.

“We’re more prepared this year,” American Legion Post 230 color guard member Bill Linnartz said. “We took fourth in nationals this past year and we really want to win it all this year. We feel good about it and I think we really have a shot.”

Color guard members will travel to Indianapolis, IN, Aug. 22-25 where they are scheduled to compete on Friday, Aug. 24, for national honors.

During the three-day event, the group will lead the Missouri detail during a parade which is paired with the national color guard competition.  

The annual winner of the color guard competition in Missouri provides professional and traditional posting of national and state colors at conferences throughout the state as well as funerals, military celebrations and special events upon request.

With the national competition swiftly approaching, the local American Legion post is accepting contributions to offset the costs associated with their participation in the national competition.

Donations of any amount are appreciated and can be made at the American Legion Trent-Sallee Post 230 at the lower level of the Community Building in Stockton and/or the Cedar County Republican office at 26 Public Square, Stockton.

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