American Legion member John Davis has been named Legionnaire of the Year.
“I can’t begin to tell you how much this award means to me,” said Davis. “It is the recognition from your peers of your good work. It was also a great honor to have it presented by American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt and American Legion Department Commander Nancy Harper. All in all, it was a memorable night.”
American Legion department adjutant Dean Tuttle read a citation about Davis which included the following information about his contributions to the organization:
• The candidate exemplifies everything the American Legion stands for.
• The candidate serves as chairman of the Post Americanism Committee and the Boys State Committee and is a member of the Post Oratorical Committee. The candidate works with the county high schools on a regular basis to ensure all schools participate in these programs.
• The candidate is responsible for maintaining the flags for placement on all veterans’ graves in the county, over 2,000 graves, replacing and ensuring all flags are serviceable.
• He was the organizer of the county Memorial Day program in 2017 and participated in several Veterans Day ceremonies.
• The Legionnaire organized and participated in the Flag Retirement Ceremony held in August. This year he helped retire over 500 unserviceable flags, set up flag collection boxes at the local radio station and newspaper offices and publicized the retirement ceremony on the local radio, inviting everyone to attend.
• The candidate transports veterans to and from medical appointments when called upon.
• The candidate is a member of the Post’s Honor Guard, participating in three or more funerals a month.
• The candidate has recruited six new members by phone contact, by letter or visited and left door tags, to all members who have not renewed for this year.
• He received a Certificate of Appreciation from National Commander Schmidt, for recruiting one member and a pin for recruiting three new members.
• The candidate has attended every post and district meeting, mid-winter conference and department convention, as well as the annual Department Open House.
The award was presented at the Department Convention, Commanders/ President Banquet, in Murfreesboro on June 24.