Post 29 set to celebrate 100th anniversary

ELKINS — American Legion H.W. Daniels Post 29 will celebrate its 100th birthday with a special dinner on Sept. 21.

Post 29 was one of the original 5,400 posts founded in 1919.

Mike Cardinal, adjutant of Post 29, who has been involved with the Legion for 14 years, spoke about the new Legion Act LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act) that President Donald Trump signed into law in July.

Originally, when the American Legion was founded, a veteran was only able to become a Legionnaire if they had served in World War 1. In 1942, the policy was updated to include all wars but the person in question had to serve during a time of declared war.

With the new Legion Act, all veterans can become Legionnaires, which is certainly cause for celebration, Cardinal said.

“I’d like to see us fill the room” for the Sept. 21 dinner, said Cardinal, adding that tickets are available by RSVP only. “A lot of people, with our dinners, tend to wait until the night of the event to show up at the door.”

The menu for the evening consists of a quarter chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, salad, a roll and cake for dessert, all for a ticket price of $6.

Donnie Lambert, Post 29 commander, said the guest speaker for the dinner will be Barbara Burdette, Department Commander of the American Legion, Department of West Virginia.

“She was a marine during the Vietnam era,” Lambert said.

The public is invited to this event to recognize those who have served our community for the past 100 years. Tickets are available at the Post 29 office or in the Legion clubroom. You may call to reserve your ticket at 304-636-3930 or email alpost29@suddenlinkmail.com.

The event begins at 5 p.m., and Lambert wants the community to know that “we’re not out here to make a lot of money. We’re just here to boost the image of our community organization.”