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Post 104 Officer - Roy Burnette

Posted: 15 June 2017

In a June 12 presentation by Post 104 Commander, Ed Harwood, officer Roy Burnette is presented with an award distinguishing him as the outgoing District 25 Vice-Commander. Roy is a valuable asset to Post 104, the community of Jackson and Swain Counties, and the 25th District of the American Legion. His tireless efforts in all Legion matters sets an example for all legion members to exemplify.

Congratulations Roy for your devotion towards serving veterans and your local community from those of us who serve with you at Post 104.





American Legion Post 104 Announces
Tarheel Boys’ State Representatives

Posted: 4 August, 2017

The American Legion's William E. Dillard Post 104, comprised of wartime military veterans of Jackson and Swain County, recently selected its representatives for sponsorship to Tarheel Boys’ State. Selection committee members were Ed Harwood, Joe Hurt, Jim Nicholl, and Ron Yount.    

 Selected for the 76th Session of Tarheel Boys’ State, a week-long experience of democracy in action to be held at Catawba College, Salisbury, June 18-24, are the following:  David Conlin, son of Scott and Holly Conlin, Sylva; Travis Hinton, son of Larry Hinton and Brandon McDevitt, Webster; Ryan Richards, son of Carol Ann Graves, Sylva; these three Boys’ State honorees are rising seniors at Smoky Mountain High School (SMHS).  Also, selected are home-schooler Cooper Smalley, son of Steven and Linda Smalley, Sylva, and Dawson Allen, son of Ron and Colleen Allen, Bryson City, a rising senior at Swain County High School.

 Special thanks to Stacy Macke, SMHS guidance counselor, for her help in identifying a high quality pool of candidates from her school.

 Military veterans in Jackson and Swain County interested in joining Post 104 are invited to visit the Post website (sylvalegion.org),  attend the next meeting, or contact Post Adjutant Jim Nicholl at (828) 293-5835.

Posted: 15  June 2017

  On Monday, May 29th, William E. Dillard American Legion Post 104 hosted the Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Fountain, at the foot of the stairs leading down from the Old Jackson County Court House in Sylva.

 Post Vice Commander Roy Burnette will act as Master of Ceremonies and has arranged for Smoky Mountain High School student Carter Buchanan to begin the program by playing the National Anthem on his baritone horn, right after a Post honor guard presents the colors.  After Chaplain Burrus Jones offers an opening prayer, patriotic songs will be sung.  Jackson County and Town of Sylva elected officials will be recognized before the Reverend Matthew Ledbetter, an Army veteran and Post member, serves as the principal speaker.

Roy                                   Ed

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Memorial Day Ceremony


American Legion Post 104 to Hold
Third Annual Flag Disposal Ceremony

Posted: 25 June  2018

At 11 am on Saturday, June 16, William E. Dillard American Legion Post 104 will provide a Flag Day Disposal Ceremony program in the parking lot outside the Legion Hall at 915 West Main Street, beside Mark Watson Park in Sylva.

     Post Commander Ed Harwood led the program, which will include a solemn American Flag retirement ceremony, to properly dispose of worn, faded, torn, and dirty flags by burning them in a respectful manner. Helping Commander Harwood were VSO, Howard Rhoner, Intern-Chaplain David Zachary, and member Richard Blomberg, with other legion and auxiliary members . In addition, member Adjutant Larry Agle took photos o fthis event.

     Persons with such flags may bring them to the ceremony or pass them on to Post 104 members by Friday for proper disposal.

 A Memorial Wreath honoring all US veterans will be presented to World War II Army infantry veteran Arnold Price of Sylva, who served in combat in France, earning a Silver Star, a BronAll Jackson County veterans deceased since Memorial Day 2016 will be listed in the program and will be honored in a solemn Post Everlasting ritual that will conclude the ceremony, as Boyd Sossamon, Jr., plays Taps on his trumpet.

Jim Nicholl - Post 104 Adjutant of the Year

Posted: 7 April 2018

Jim Nicholl is honored for his many years of service to Post 104 as the “Post Adjutant of the Year” and presenting the award is Post Vice-Commander Roy Burnette. The legion is blessed to have such a dedicated individual who has kept our meeting minutes, handled banking transactions, conducted membership assistance, involved himself with numerous Post 104 events concerning the younger generations of the community, and selflessly devoted himself to the betterment of the administrative portion of Post 104 business. Jim is retiring after the 2017-2018 season is complete and member Larry Agle will be stepping in to fill Jim’s enormous shoes during the upcoming Post Officer election in June. Those of us who have worked with Jim over the years are glad to know that he is passing the torch of responsibility to the younger generation and I personally congratulate him for all he has done for our veterans in Jackson and Swain counties.

May his life and his wife be blessed as he ventures into post-retirement. Thank you Jim!

David Zachary, webmaster Post 104

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