South Charleston Legion Post celebrates 100 years

As part of their celebration of the post’s 100th anniversary, members of American Legion Post 176 had a new sign made. It is affixed to the fence at the post, 25 William St.

(Posted Nov. 8, 2022)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

South Charleston American Legion Post 176 will host a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the veterans memorial at the corner of Woodward and South Church streets.

The post is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In honor of the milestone, members had a new sign made for the post which is located at 108 William St. They debuted the sign as part of their float in the South Charleston Heritage Commission’s Heritage Days Festival parade in September. The sign is now affixed to the fence wall at the post.

Also on the float were four individuals who have been Post 176 members for more than 50 years: Terry Cassel, John Corbitt, Howard Myers and Bob Varner. Others who have been members for more than 50 years include Jack Slattery, Dan Spitzer, Fred Tindall (69 years), and Dick Woods.

The post is active in the community and well known for their porkchop dinners. They hold several dinners each year, setting up at a large Southeastern High School track meet each spring, at the community garage sales in June, at their own cruise-in car show in August, and at the Heritage Days Festival each fall.

This year, they had a special request for their dinners. Sunrise Co-op in South Charleston ordered 300 dinners to be given to farmers as they brought their grain into the co-op on Oct. 22.

“We cooked them at the post, then took them to Sunrise and passed them out to whoever wanted them. It was our first time doing this,” said Howard Myers, service officer.

Long-time Post 176 members ride on a float in the Heritage Days parade.

Most of the proceeds from the porkchop dinners go to scholarships for graduating Southeastern High School seniors. Last year, the post gave out approximately $7,000 in scholarships.

In addition to hosting a Veterans Day ceremony every year, the post observes Memorial Day with ceremonies at the Catholic and Greenlawn cemeteries. Members also provide color guard services at Southeastern’s home football games.

The post is named for five men who died in the line of duty: John Allen, World War I; brothers Charles Myers and Floyd Myers, World War II; James Hohn, Korean War; and Carl Sparrow, Vietnam War.

The post’s current officers are: Robert Webb, commander; Ed White, adjutant; Steve Nickels, finance officer; Dave Clemens, chaplain; Jeff Lench, first vice commander; Ronnie Wilson, second vice commander; and Howard Myers, service officer. There are 81 members altogether.

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