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American Legion Post 1 elects new officers, presents awards

May 28, 2018 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Three days after electing new officers, the Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 presented awards to two Junior ROTC cadets.

On May 11, Post 1 presented American Legion medals and a certificate describing the award to South Florence High School students Blake Jackson and Abigail Sansbury.

Jackson received the award for scholastic excellence; Sansburg received the award for military excellence during the school’s annual recognition ceremonies.

The entire complement of cadets received various awards for their academic and military accomplishments during the year.

The Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps is run in schools across the nation, and the American Legion participates in and supports the program.

Cadets learn about the military and the discipline that it requires. The program builds self-confidence and an appreciation for teamwork and hard work. Some cadets put this training to good use by joining the military or by pursuing ROTC programs in college.

The program at South Florence High School is a Navy program with retired Navy personnel acting as instructors.

On May 8, Post 1 held its annual election. The results:

>> Post Commander – Ken Curran.

>> 1st Vice Commander – Don Handley.

>> Post Adjutant – Mike Richey.

>> Post Treasurer – Charlie Bethea.

>> Post Judge Advocate – Bill Cheney.

>> Post Sergeant-at-Arms – Carroll Bonner.

>> Post Historian – Vic Phillips.

>> Post Chaplain – Greg Greer.

>> Post Media Officer – Cliff Benton.

Handley, the outgoing commander, and District Commander Charlie Bethea congratulated the new and incumbent officers. They challenged the new team to grow the membership and to serve all veterans with enthusiasm.