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American Legion Post 208 looks to reengage with community
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The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Warren County’s Post 208 was established in 1943. The group made a donation to the Senior Center on Friday. Pictured, from left, are William Dillard, Charles Lusk, Wayne Wolford, Senior Center employee Teresa McCormick, Senior Center director Lana Whitlock, Marvin Lusk, Larry Locke and Steve Nowlin. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

American Legion Post 208 is gearing up to delve back into community service. 

“We’re ready to get active and continue to be part of the community,” said post commander Wayne Wolford. “Post 208 has a long history of community service and we’d like to continue that.”

Established in 1943 by Roy Spencer, the post was located in the Leesburg community. The remains of the old post home still stand. However, it is a crumbled reminder of what used to be lively meetings, dances, fellowship and gatherings.

In his book “Through Wolf’s Eyes,” Wolford described the post as being “known for its involvement, throughout the Black community. Americanism, ceremonials, children and youth programs, veteran affairs, and last but not least the American Legion Auxiliary. The ladies served their country and community well.” 

The group is without a post home, but meetings are being held at the Black History Museum of Warren County. 

“What I’m trying to do is spark a little interest in the community and get us back on the map,” said Wolford, who is also curator of the museum. “We are veterans looking to give back to the community. If we can give a check once a month to a needy individual or nonprofit organization, it would be worthwhile to us.”

It inaugural donation of $200 went to the McMinnville-Warren County Senior Center.

“Our hope is the community will help us as we try to help the community,” said Wolford, who voiced a desire to increase the donation amount with community support.

Donations can be mailed to American Legion Post 208 at P.O. Box 7319 in McMinnville, TN.

For more information about American Legion Post 208 or how to become a member, Wolford can be reached at 931-212-6609.