For more than 60 years, the
Department of Nebraska has
recognized Legionnaires for their
community service through its
Cody Kerr Memorial Award.
At the time of his death, 47-year
old Cody Kerr, a World War II
veteran from Valentine, was the
department’s community service
chairman. His selfless service
to The American Legion and the community was so well respected that his
Legionnaire friends wanted to find a way to honor his memory. They did so by
developing the Cody Kerr Memorial Award, which was first presented to his
widow, Belle Kerr, in 1954.
This award, presented annually at department convention, is given to a
Legionnaire who has performed superior work in a community service project
or program for the prior year. Any Legion member can nominate another
Legionnaire and the selection committee is comprised of the three immediate
past department commanders.
The 2018 recipient of the Cody Kerr Memorial Award was presented to Post
3’s very own Ed Schnabel at the department convention in Kearney. While most of us are aware of Ed’s daily contributions to American Legion activities in Post3, the Cody Kerr Award recognizes Ed for the many other things he does in the
community in service to others.
Space does not allow printing Ed’s entire nomination form, but it made it clear
that Ed was most deserving.
Ed taught school and was active in other civic activities in Hartington. He also
taught school in Farnam and organized a committee to start a community blood
drive there. (He continues donating blood to this day and is an 18-gallon donor
with the Lincoln Community Blood Bank.)
Ed became active with the Lions in Farnam and helped charter a new Lions
Club in Lincoln. He remains very active with the Star City Lions club now.
Ed has been involved with a number of projects within the Lincoln Public
Schools and volunteers many hours at the VA Health Clinic in Lincoln. He
participates with Post 3’s Honor Guard and remains very active in his church.
Congratulations, Ed, for making all of us very proud of you!
Jack Sibert the District 15 recipient of the 2019 District Citizenship
Award, received his medal from District 15 Commander Gerry Wolf at the
District 15 convention. His medal will be presented at the Department Convention in Kearney.