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November 02, 2023

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704-484-1047 Our 40th Year • Issue No. 44 • November 2, 2023 "In GOD We Trust" ©Community First Media Community First Media 356 E. Main St., Lawndale 704-538-0508 Mon-Fri. 7:30am-6pm • Sat. 8am-4pm Locally Owned & Operated FALL SAVINGS ALL MONTH LONG ALL KNIVES IN STOCK! 10 % OFF BEST PRICES AROUND! CHECK US OUT! WE'RE STOCKED WITH LEAF BLOWERS COME IN FOR OUR BEST DEALS! WE'RE EXPANDING OUR MILWAUKEE TOOL SECTION! OVER 100 PAIR! FREE GIFT WITH EACH PURCHASE! 20 % OFF ALL BOOTS IN STOCK ONLY S O E CO C ! Flag Day, June 14. It was a spe- cial event for SAL Sgt-at-Arms Cy Cook collaborated with his grandfather, David Rose, AL Sgt-at-Arms for over forty years in conducting the ceremony. The Squadron under the di- rection of Chaplain Roger Cox worked to have the community law enforcement officers, fire- fighters, and EMT's recognized as part of the National Day of Remembrance on Sept. 11. Over the next four years the Squadron expanded its proj- ects to coordinating the ALFO to collect toiletries for veterans at the VA Hospital who did not have personal hygiene items. They support the Shepherd's Table Food Bank by raising funds to ensure that the organization has canned food and meat for their holiday meal. Working with the American Legion, the SAL members rang the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign. SAL First Vice Commander Woody Weaver, a fifty-six year member of the Ameri- can Legion, promoted Americanism by helping Squadron members earn the Five Point Medal by completing requirements for the award. In 2021, the American Legion World Series (ALWS) asked the SAL Squadron to take over coordinating the ushers for the six day event. In 2023, over 40 community volunteers helped to usher and sell programs at the ALWS. Joining them were state and national SAL Command- ers, the American Legion national Commander and his staff, and members of the North Caro- lina Detachment of the American Legion and National Executive Committee. See SONS, Page 2 Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Shelby Squadron 82 celebrates 4th Anniversary on Veterans Day On Novem- ber 11th the nation will cel- ebrate Veter- ans Day as it honors all who s e r v e d o u r country. It will be the fourth anniversary of the start of Shelby SAL Squadron #82 and the 104th anniversary of the American Legion. In the summer of 2019, Jim Quinlin talked about starting an SAL Squadron at the Shelby American Legion Post. Five months later, twenty-five char- ter members formed Squadron #82. To become a SAL mem- ber, one's father or grandfather had to serve in the military and be a Legion member. Post 82 members encouraged their sons, grandsons, and Legion members to be part of the char- ter class. Officers were elected at the first meeting, and they set their sights on focusing on two things – helping veterans and helping the community. In March 2020 Covid hit and the Squadron still met using Zoom. Commander Dr. Jack Weller and the Ameri- can Legion Family of Organiza- tions (ALFO) worked on its first major project, to identify and place flags on the graves of all veterans at Shelby's Sunset and Webb Memorial Cemeter- ies. For three Saturdays groups of ALFO members walked the cemeteries and identified over 1,100 veterans graves. As arrangements were being fi- nalized for a ceremony on Memorial Day, the group volun- teered to help form the Ameri- can Legion Color and Honor Guard. Under the direction of Navy veteran and SAL mem- ber Bob Bona, the Color Guard honors veterans at ceremonies, parades, and funerals. Opportunities continued to arise in the community as the Squadron helped coordinate a flag retirement ceremony on Flagging Graves occurs each Memorial Day honoring over 1,300 veterans. The Honor Guard supports community programs through- out the year. Woody Weaver presents information on the American Legion and Americanism at a SAL meeting. Original Meeting of the Squadron was held January 2020 with sixteen of the twenty-five charter members present. FALL BACK! Turn Clocks Back 1 Hour At 2 AM

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