Post 100 celebrates American Legion’s 100th anniversary
Nov 01, 2019 08:39AM
American Legion dignitaries at the Oct. 22, 100th anniversary celebration at Cherryville’s Post 100 Building were (L-R): SAL Deputy Commander Eugene Bellando, Jim Quinlan, Deputy Commander James Moore, and National Commander James “Bill” Oxford. (photo by MEP/The Eagle)
by MICHAEL E. POWELL
It was a festive night last Tuesday, Oct. 22, as more 150 people attended the American Legion’s 100th anniversary of its founding by a Congressional Charter on Sept. 16, 1919. The Cherryville post has been helping veterans, noted Commander Mike Robinson, since 1937, and now boasts, in addition to the Legion veterans themselves, the Ladies Auxiliary Unit 100 for their spouses, and a Sons of the American Legion unit that was created with 15 charter members. The numbers, he said, have grown now to where Post 100 and its entities are almost 200-strong.
“We need more members,” said Robinson, 72, and a former U.S. Army veteran.
In attendance were a bevy of Legion and auxiliary officials and Cherryville City officials, as well as other Legion members from around the state and local counties.
Cherryville Mayor H.L. Beam, III, and City Councilwoman Jill Parker-Puett, who is active in the Unit 100 Ladies Auxiliary, presented two proclamations to Commander Robinson and Jean Skibo, recognizing the Legion’s role in promoting democracy and the furtherance of raising our youth to love God and Country through the various programs, sports and otherwise, the organization uses to attain those goals.
Post 100 Adjutant Monica Lockwood, a retired Marine veteran, introduced the Legion dignitaries who were in attendance and who would come up and speak. They were American Legion National Commander James “Bill” Oxford; Dept. Commander James Moore; Ladies Aux. Dept. President Julie Smith; and Sons of the American Legion Deputy Commander Eugene Bellando.
Lockwood also recognized the seven member Post 100 Honor Guard and what they do for deceased veterans and their families by attending their funerals and presenting the colors.
Leon Jackson, a Post 100 member, and past Commander and a Navy veteran, gave the Post’s history, noting there were five Post 100 Commanders still living; Darrell Gates, M. Sigmon, Jackson, Bill Sneed, and Mike Robinson.
Said Jackson, “We have about 168 members in Post 100 currently, 84 Auxiliary members, and 21 Sons of the American Legion.”
He noted Fraley Field ball field’s 2002 renovation and the recent $50,000 renovation and paving of the Legion Building’s parking lot.
Post 100’s Legion ball club’s coach Bob Reynolds was also recognized for what he has done with the teams he has led, being the winningest Legion coach and continually putting Cherryville Post 100’s name on the map, as Jackson said.
Mrs. Skibo was praised for her work with the Ladies Auxiliary by Jackson, who said, “They are a fantastic group of women who get things done!”
Adjutant Lockwood noted also that the Auxiliary now accepts male members as well as women.
James Moore noted how the Legion is a family, first and foremost.
When National Commander Oxford spoke, he said his motto and slogan when he became the NC was, “A Foundation for the Future”.
He said he wants every veteran, their spouse, and their children to know and remember they are the future of the great organization that is the American Legion – 100 years strong and still going!
The event was catered by Susan Eason’s family-owned business, Party Girls Catering, located at 1432 Tot Dellinger Rd., Cherryville.
Susan is helped in the business by her parents Klent and Anne Craft and her sister, Mary Underwood, who are members of the Post 100 American Legion and Unit 100 Ladies Auxiliary.