Eric Triplitt presents Eddie Breeden with his certificate. Supplied photo

Two Western Wayne men, Eddie Breeden and John Harrod, are being honored this year for 50 continuous years of membership in Cambridge City’s American Legion post.

Eric Triplitt, commander of Lawrence H. Bertsch American Legion Post 169, presented both with certificates and hat pins to mark the milestone.

Through the years, members of the post at 25 W. Church St. have helped connect veterans to resources and donated to various programs helping first responders and local youth, among others.

John Harrod stands near the banner showing him as an Army soldier. Supplied photo

Harrod is shown outside No. 9 Grill with the Hometown Hero banner picturing him as a 19-year-old soldier in the U.S. Army. Harrod served during the Vietnam War and rose to the rank of sergeant.

Cambridge City Chamber of Commerce collaborated with Legion and town leaders to create a veteran recognition banner program in 2023.

Local veterans’ families, individuals, businesses and organizations, including the Legion, have sponsored the banners and required hardware lining U.S. 40. Additional banners were added earlier this year.

For more information about the banners, contact chamber leaders at 765-541-8936 or For more information about Legion programs and services, call 765-478-3877.

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A version of this article appeared in the July 3 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Millicent Martin Emery is a reporter and editor for the Western Wayne News.