Tuesday, August 26, 2014

American Legion through the years

Take a look at a past American Legion convention in Charlotte and other local doings!

'Legion Convention: Well-decorated members of the American Legion listen as Gov. Jim Hunt addressed the group's annual state convention at the Sheraton in Charlotte. Hunt drew the biggest round of applause when he told conventiongoers: 'I believe that the people in Washington, D.C., can find some way to cut without cutting the veterans' program in this nation.' About 900 members from 127 state posts are attending the convention.'
June, 1983. Fred Wilson/Staff

'North Carolina American Legionaires listen to NC governor Jim Hunt at their convention at the Sheraton Hotel.'
June, 1983. Staff

'Ivan Sweatt, 78, was honored by American Legion Post 337 in Pineville for his 60 years of continuous membership in the Legion. Sweatt joined the organization as a bugler with Battery E of the 111th Field Artillery in France in 1919. Two members of his WWII unit, Claude Allen or Chester, Pa., and George Martin of Danville, Va., attended the meeting.'
1978. Staff

'Veteran Barbecue Servers, Eaters: S.H. Porter dishes up a helping of barbecue during American Legion Post 262's barbecue, held recently at the post on Donald Ross Road.'
April 1, 1987. Tom Franklin/Staff

'89-year-old Howard Johnson, Post 262's last surviving World War I veteran, enjoys his barbecue-with-all-the-trimmings lunch.'
April 1, 1987. Tom Franklin/Staff

'Raising flag at Unionville American Legion Post.'
1981. Chuck Burton/Staff

'No, J.J. Collins isn't taking aim at the clouds. He was just enjoying one of the nice spring days Charlotte is famous for. Mr. Collins found himself a seat in front of the American Legion Post on West Boulevard near the airport. And there he sat, waiting to play bingo.'
1982. Davie Hinshaw/Staff