Legion Riders honor area veteran

Members of the Gretna American Legion Riders stand flag line March 16 outside the home of Ray Coster in Weeping Water, Neb. The Gretna group sponsored the installation of a flagpole, flag and light at the veteran’s home through 13 Stripes 50 Stars Inc., a nonprofit veterans program.


An American flag now flies on a flagpole in the yard of Vietnam veteran Ray Coster, thanks to the Gretna Post 216 American Legion Riders.

The Gretna group donated the cost to install a flagpole, flag and light through 13 Stripes 50 Stars Inc., a nonprofit group founded by Cliff Leach that aims to install a flagpole at the home of every veteran in the state.

The Gretna Riders participated in a flag raising ceremony March 16 at the home of Coster, and his wife, Linda, in Weeping Water, Neb. The riders stood flag line along the front of the home before raising the flag on the newly installed pole.

Coster has disabled veteran status after serving in Vietnam and battling PTSD and the effects of Agent Orange.

“The Legion Riders truly support our veterans,” said Don Klaumann, director of the Gretna American Legion Riders. “I have met this person, and he is a great inspiration to all veterans and their families.”

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