BR> After more than 48 years of serving Hood River veterans, Marjorie "Marge" Kageyama is retiring -- but not without a salute from the troops.
"Anyone who has been in the American Legion for a period of time associates it with Marge because she's always been in charge," said Will Carey, Legion board member. "She has been extremely dedicated with a great personality and desire for service."
American Legion Post No. 22 on Third Street and Cascade Avenue is hosting a potluck dinner in Kageyama's honor that will begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30. The event is open to the public and participants are asked to either bring a favorite dish to share or give a $5 donation for the meal.
Kageyama admitted she was uncomfortable to have so much attention focused on herself.
However, she admitted that she was looking forward to the celebration and hoped to see a lot of both old and new friends there.
"I loved my job and that's why I stayed with it as long as I did," said Kageyama. "I was treated well and I hated to quit, but there just comes a time."
Her replacement will be Dee Snider of Underwood, Wash., who will tackle the management tasks for the local American Legion, affiliated with the world's largest veteran's association that has 15,000 international posts and nearly three million members.