On Sunday, December 10, the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce will dedicate this year’s Chamber Christmas Tree in memory of Amos Anderson, a former Preston resident and U.S. Veteran. The ceremony will be held in front of Preston City Hall in Preston, Minn. and will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m.
The ceremony will include a welcome from the PACC Executive Director and President, a prayer from Pastor Dan Bredberg from Christ Lutheran Church, and a few words from local veterans. The family of Anderson will also be in attendance.
Anderson was a well-known Preston community member and lived in Preston for several years before his passing in 2015. He was well-known for his firm hand shake, great hair and warm smile. Anderson was a United States Postal Service employee for 35 years, beginning before WWII. He served in WWII and saw Germany, Italy and France while overseas. Anderson was among the troops who first liberated the concentration camp in Dachau, Germany. After finishing his mail career, after his military career, he worked at the Preston Apple Orchard and remained very active in the Preston Community. He was active in the Preston Lion’s Club, the Garden Club and served two terms as Commander of the Preston VFW, of which his first term was as the first Commander of the Magdlin-Gilbertson Post 6893 chartered on April 7, 1946. Anderson passed away in January 2015, at the age of 101. He was a vibrant part of the Preston community and he is missed by many.
The PACC Christmas Tree Dedication Ceremony began in 2014. The intent of the ceremony is to dedicate the Christmas Tree in memory of individuals who have served the community in some way. Nominations are made each year and the PACC Board decides who they feel is an appropriate selection.
For more information on the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce and upcoming events in Preston, please contact Gabby Kinneberg at (507) 765-2153 or visit the Chamber’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/prestonmnchamberandtourism.