American Legion Post 71 has a new commander.
David Myers became the new post commander as of July 1. The post’s membership voted him into the position during its May meeting.
“This post has been here for 80 years serving the community,” he said. “I think it’s a great responsibility to make sure that tradition goes on serving other veterans and serving the community.”
Myers spent 26 years in the Navy and was the NJROTC instructor at North Augusta High School for 11 years.
The close relationship the NJROTC program had with the local post encouraged him to join the American Legion in fall 2001, he said.
“The two organizations do a lot of work together, supporting each other in different activities,” he said. “It seemed a logical connection to be a member of the American Legion with the two groups interacting so closely. Once in the Legion, seeing how much they do for other veterans in the community made me want to stay.”
The post participates in a variety of activities, including playing host to the city’s Memorial Day and Veterans Day programs, looking after the flags and monuments at Wade Hampton Veterans Park on Georgia Avenue, visiting veterans in the area, and working with area elementary and middle schools and the NJROTC unit at North Augusta High.
In association with the post, there is also an auxiliary, an American Legion Riders unit, which has group rides to raise funds for scholarships and Sons of the American Legion unit.
Myers is looking forward to serving as the post’s commander for the upcoming year, he said. His term will end June 30, 2014.
“It’s a wonderful group of men and women who are all interested in looking out for each other and looking out for the community,” he said.
For more information about American Legion Post 71, visit www.napost71.org.