American Legion state commander visits local post

by | January 4, 2006 12:00 am

American Legion Department of Georgia Commander Bob Pollard of Lincolnton visited Local Post 103 at its December meeting at Lynn and Bob’s. With over 75 members and guests present, Pollard updated the veterans on activities of the Legion and legislative initiatives affecting the military, veterans and their families.

Commander Pollard also reminded local Legionnaires that the single largest Congressional bill in our nation’s history was the direct result of the American Legion’s efforts to help the millions of WWII servicemen and women.

“After the universal draft of WWII, the lives of nearly all 18-25 year old males in America and many females as well were interrupted as they answered the call of defending freedom of Europeans and Asians,” Pollard reminded the group. “The American Legion sought to ease their burden and helped persuade Congress to pass what is now commonly known as the “GI Bill of Rights” which provided job training and education assistance as well as low rate, government-backed loans of housing and business start-up. This legacy continues today.”

Also in attendance was National Executive Committee Member Ray Hendrix of Statesboro. Hendrix spoke of the importance of joining the Legion and what membership has meant to him personally. Miss Emanuel County, Brittany Willis, briefly spoke about her late grandfather, John Willis, who served in Japan immediately after the war. She shared pictures her grandfather brought back with him showing the aftermath of Hiroshima following the atomic bomb. Miss Willis also read a patriotic poem and drew the winning ticket for the shotgun raffle. Charles Hall held the lucky ticket.

Legionnaire B.J. Snell was recognized for selling the most tickets and for recruiting the most new members and District Commander Joe Harmon honored the local post for achieving 100 percent of its membership goal.

Out-of-town officers who attended the meeting were: District Commander Joe Harmon of Sardis; District Senior Vice Commander Gene Kindrick of Tybee Island; District Junior Vice Commander Willie Patterson of Waynesboro; Commander Wesley Chester of Wrightsville; and former State Commander Al Smith of Thunderbolt.

Post 103 Commander Al Jones commented, “This was an excellent meeting. Rarely will this many American Legion members from the national, state, and district levels attend a local post meeting. This shows their commitment and dedication in helping the local community realize the importance of the Legion.”

Commander Jones also reminded the group of upcoming projects including the High School Oratorical Contest January 28th; Boys and Girls State; and the “Flag-a-Grave” project when Post 103 will put a flag on the grave of every Emanuel Countian who died fighting for the American people for Memorial Day, and for all veterans on Veteran’s Day. Adjutant Robert Muns provided door prizes of floral arrangements and a fresh fruit basket. Winners were Pat Halwes, Edith Willis, and Willie Patterson.

The next regular meeting will be held Thursday, January 5th at 6 P.M. at Lynn and Bob’s.

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