American Legion Post 61 Receives 2018 Transit Van
On January 11th, 2018 after 4-hard years of work, the American Legion Clendenin Post 61 got their much-needed Van in a dedication service at the Clendenin Community Center. A State Governor Grant through Gov. Tomblin for $25,000. was obtained to purchase the 2018, Ford F-150 Transit Van. Instrumental in securing the grant was Commander Richard Milam (Who passed away July 2017), American Legion member-Ron Garton, and Speaker of the House-Tim Armstead. Keith Townsend who is the Adjutant and Present Acting Commander of Post 61, stated
they do 70+ funerals a year in Kanawha, Clay, Roane, Jackson, and other counties. Clendenin Post 61, with 97 members, was founded temporary on September 29th, 1929, and was made a permanent post on November 30th, 1938. The Post was named in Honor of Private James R. Cox, of Queen Shoals that was a casualty of WWI. Acting Commander Keith Townsend states, they do fundraisers and accept donations to supplement taxes, insurance on the Transit van, and gas required to travel to services. Bob Parsons is their Senior Member and was present to accept the keys to the new van.
***Editors Note; The Clendenin American Legion Post 61 have performed Flag raising ceremonies, graveside services, bridge, and other dedications, and much more in our area. These fine gentlemen need to be commended on the great job they do, on their own time, at no pay. They do it because they love their country.