Past Events of 2016 Post Events

Posted: 6 June 2016

Post 104 Announces Boys State Representatives

by Jim Nicholl, Post 104 Adjutant

 Schedules Potluck Supper with Officer Installation

     The American Legion's William E. Dillard Post 104, comprised of military veterans from Jackson and Swain County, recently selected representatives for sponsorship to Tarheel Boys State.

     Selected for the 77th Session of Tarheel Boys State, a week-long experience of democracy in action to be held at Catawba College, Salisbury, June 19-25, are the following:  Juan N. Moore, son of Michael and Cathy Moore, Sylva, and Matthew K. Toedt, son of Michael and Dominique Toedt, Whittier.  This year's two honorees are rising seniors at Smoky Mountain High School.

     The next meeting of American Legion Post 104 will begin at 7 pm on June 13 at the Sylva Legion Hall, 915 West Main Street, beside Mark Watson Park.  Members are asked to bring a covered dish to share at a potluck supper (the Post will provide meat and bread, and the Ladies Auxiliary will provide beverages, side dishes, and desserts), and guests are welcome.  After supper, Post 104 and Ladies Auxiliary officers for 2016-17 will be inducted.  (Post officers are asked to wear the summer short-sleeved shirt uniform, including ties and gold shoulder cords, for a photo session.)  Also on the program is a solemn Post Everlasting Ceremony, honoring Post 104 members who have passed away since June 2015.  

     Military veterans in Jackson and Swain County interested in joining Post 104 are invited to attend the next meeting, or to contact Adjutant Jim Nicholl at 828-293-5835.  More information is available at the post website (

Posted: 21 May 2016

Post 104 Memorial Day Ceremony - 2016

by Jim Nicholl, Post 104 Adjutant

Beginning at noon on Monday, May 30th, the American Legion Post 104 will provide a 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 he has arranged for Post member Kim Shuler to begin the program by singing the National Anthem, right after a Post honor guard presents the colors.  After Chaplain Burrus Jones offers an opening prayer, Shuler will sing patriotic songs.  Jackson County and Town of Sylva elected officials will be recognized before former State Representative Phil Haire, an Air Force veteran and Post member, serves as the principal speaker.

A Memorial Wreath honoring all US veterans will be presented to Korean War Army veteran Ernest Bumgarner of Sylva, who served with the 2nd Infantry Division.  All Jackson County veterans deceased since Memorial Day 2015 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.

Posted: 3 April 2016

Identifying Veterans Remains

Dr. Joe Hurt - The Identification of Unidentifiable Bodies.
by David Zachary, Post 104 Webmaster

The William E. Dillard Post 104 of The American Legion is proud to announce that Dr. Joseph P. Hurt, Pathologist, will be the guest speaker at the next regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 11 at the post facility, which is located at 915 West Main Street, Sylva and immediately adjacent to the east side of Mark Watson Park.  Meeting time begins at 7:00 p.m.

         This special informational meeting will feature Dr. Hurt describing ways that veterans and their families can assist  in identifying the “unidentifiable” remains of their deceased family member, as he speaks about his medical experiences from both the military and civilian segments of life. The presentation will address topics such as, DNA and Dog Tag identification and the use of personal items from every day life in the identification of remains.

We encourage all military veterans in Jackson and Swain County who are interested in this topic to come and join us at this special meeting.

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WRGC Radio-A-Thon for the Charters of Freedom MonumentWRGC 540 and WBHN 1590 Radio logo

Posted: 1 July 2016

by Jim Nicholl, Post 104 Adjutant and David Zachary, Post 104  Webmaster

On Friday, July 8th, WRGC Radio will be running a day-long Radio A Thon, with the goal of finishing the funding for the Charters of Freedom Monument, to be constructed adjacent to the Post 104 Legion Hall on West Main, Sylva.  All Legionnaires and other veterans are invited to come to the Legion Hall and take a turn greeting people who might stop by the Hall.  I'd also like to ask as many as will be willing to tell the radio audience why they think it is important to have the Memorial located at the entrance to Sylva, beside Mark Watson Park (named for a local veteran), just down the back of the hill from the Old Jackson County Courthouse, and a couple of hundred yards from the Veterans Memorial Fountain.

All citizens of Jackson County are encouraged to stop by the Sylva Legion Hall and fellowship with local veterans and Post 104 legion members. Help us erect a permanent memorial that will honor our veterans from all branches of service.

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