CONNEAUT — The ceremony was partially through a closed window but Herb Hopkins knew he was being honored for 75 years as a member of the Conneaut American Legion Cowle Post 151.

Four members of the Post came to the Villa at the Lake on Tuesday afternoon to honor Hopkins, who joined the post in 1945 after returning from a two-year stint working with airplanes at Air Force bases in Texas and South Dakota.

"It's fabulous," Hopkins said of the pin and certificate he received. The American Legion officers thanked Hopkins for his 75 years of service and saluted him.

Hopkins saluted back and waved to his daughter Susan Hopkins Diamond and the contingent from the post.

Larry Latva, commander of the post, said they believe he is the only member of the post to have been a member for 75 years.

Tom Udell, the adjutant, Latva and Richard Nelson, a member of the executive committee, gathered six feet away from the open window to thank their friend for his service and after the window was closed took a picture closer to the window.

"We should have done this a couple of months ago but we couldn't get him down to the post [because of the coronavirus]," Udell said.

Latva said the national American Legion lets the post know when people reach significant membership achievements.

Hopkins Diamond said her father served in many roles within the Cowle Post during the last 75 years including serving as commander, color guard member, keeper of the weapons and had many other responsibilities.

She said she has fond memories of her father's service to the organization.

"All the parades dad marched in from the time I was a little girl. I was so proud," she said.

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