Over 200 visitors, many of them veterans, came out to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of American Legion Post 12 in Carthage on Saturday, June 18.
A large event tent anchored the festivities in the summer heat, surrounded by military re-enactments and featuring live music by Whiskey Pines and South Ridge Bluegrass.
Speakers included Post Commander Phil Vandercook, US Rep. Richard Hudson, NC Sen. Tom McInnis, Post 177 Adjutant Rebecca Crocker, and Korean War Veteran Elton Turner.
“At Post 12, we understand that in order for America to remain free, it must honor and remember the brave. This is an organization of veterans that truly understands the darkness of combat, while providing light to our community and country that we love and pledged to defend. My command philosophy is to create a space for all veterans to enjoy camaraderie and to further deepen all veterans’ commitment to serve our country.” said Commander Vandercook in his welcome speech.
Top-notch military re-enactors added patina with World War II (505th, 82nd Airborne, and British XXI paratroopers) as well as Vietnam outfits and gear on display. Additional military collectibles were on display by The Bunker.
Many attendees visited the displays and engaged with the re-enactors, some of which had come from out of state in support of Post 12. Fellow American Legion members from Post 523 (Harrisburg), Post 350 (Pinehurst), and Post 72 (Aberdeen) were also in attendance.
American Legion Post 12 was founded in 1919 and chartered in 1922. It has 156 members, with many Korean War, Vietnam War, and Gulf War veterans. The American Legion family invites any active-duty military member or veteran with honorable service to join.
Feature photo: Attendees enjoying the shade in a big tent while listening to live music celebrating 100-year anniversary of American Legion Post 12 in Carthage on June 18.