BREAKING NEWS ****** YOUR MEMBERSHIP MATTERS PLEASE RENEW TODAY FOR 2021
DUE TO COVID-19,
POST MEETINGS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
The memorial consists of a marble slab listing World War I and World War II dead from Clay County, North Carolina. The marble is held by a river stone and masonry structure standing on a single base also made of stone and masonry topped with concrete. Set into the base is a small stone tablet with one name from Vietnam.
American Legion Post 532 & VWF Post 6812
The memorial is located at the intersection of Main Street and Herbert Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street, in Hayesville, NC.
Published on June 17, 2017
JOIN FELLOW VETERANS OF ALL MILITARY BRANCHES
25 RIVERSIDE CIRCLE, HAYESVILLE,NC 28904, USA
LAST TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH EXCEPT DECEMBER @ 1800 HRS AT THE LEGION BUILDING LOCATED AT 25 RIVERSIDE CIRCLE, HAYESVILLE NC 28904
JOE BUCKNER, COMMANDER
MITCHELL SHIELDS, ADJUTANT
American Legion District 25, Chaplain of the Year
George Lee Post 532, Hayesville NC
It is with great respect and gratification I announce the 1st annual “Chaplain of the Year” award for District 25, Department of North Carolina American Legion went to Chaplain Carl Maxwell, USAF of George Lee Post 532. Our District Commander J.D. Baker, USN made the presentation during a Memorial Day service at Unaka Baptist Church.
Chaplain Maxwell became our Chaplain about 7 years ago and has set the standard for looking after veterans and their families in Clay and surrounding counties. Under his leadership Post 532 developed the Tri-county Veterans Missions Counsel to meet physical needs . Chaplain Maxwell maintains contact with the veterans at the Clay County Care Center to insure they do not feel forgotten. He leads by responding to the needs of all veterans by working with other Veterans groups. Chaplain Maxwell is the example for the American Legion slogan “For God and Country”.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions for military veterans. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth. Following is a chronology of significant dates in Legion history: History of Post 177 & Post 532 Hayesville’s First American legion Post, named after Robert Napoleon Roach, who was killed in action on October 22, 1918 during WW I in France. He is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France. On July 30, 1927, a meeting was held for forming a Post of the American Legion. All men that served any time during the World War at home or abroad being eligible, were invited to be present. An application for a Charter was filled by the following; Bascom Neal Haigler, George B. Thompson, Robert M. Tiger, Roy Smart, Will Taylor, Bynum Penland, Carl Parker, Allen Bell, A.B. Ledford, Carmen Anderson, Wayne Anderson, Dent Nelson, Gad Nelson and Walter Burch on July 30, and accepted by the national organization on August 2, 1927. At the August 26, 1927 meeting the first officers were elected; Post Commander-Bascom Neal Haigler, 1st vice Commander-George B. Thompson, 2nd Vice Commander-Will Taylor, Adjutant-Allen J. Bell, Finance Officer-Marvin Alexander, Chaplain-Roy Smart, Historian-Claude C. Long, Sgt-at-Arms-Henderson Setzer. In 1936/37, the Post was no longer active. On August 22, 1940, a group of ex-servicemen got together to reorganize the Bob Roach Post 177. The Commander- Arthur Jones, Vice Commander-J.N. Alexander, Adjutant-Allen J. Bell. On Saturday October 19, 1946, The War Memorial on the Hayesville Square, was dedicated to those who gave their lives in the two World Wars. The Commander, Vernon F. Martin, of the Bob Roach American legion Post 177, conducted the ceremony. The black draped stone was unveiled while the Legion Boys Choir sang “My Buddy” with piano accompaniment by Mrs. C.E. Standbridge. The American Legion Charter for the Bob Roach Post 177 was cancelled two years later in October 1948. In summer of 2008, Veterans of Clay County, applied for a Charter to form a new American Legion Post in Hayesville, to be named after George Lee. Mr. Lee passed in December 2008, he was a prominent Clay County resident, a World War II Veteran and recipient of a Purple Heart. He had also been a member of the original Bob Roach Post 177. On January 17, 2009, an American Legion Charter was presented, establishing the George Lee American Legion Post 532