Saturday afternoon began a weekend of celebration as well as honoring the veterans of the Korean War.
Charles Beale, Post Exec. Commander opened the occasion as Master of Ceremonies and welcomed everyone to the ceremony following the posting of colors and posting of P.O.W.-M.I.A. flag. Bonnie Armstrong, Unit 193 Sgt-At-Arms gave the prayer and Roy Smith led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Hanniton Watts Post 193 had its beginning in Pensacola, Florida in the early months of 1946. Its organizers consisted of Dr. Eli Sanford Cobb and fourteen other veterans who lived in the community and had served in the World Wars.
Dr. Cobb, a general practitioner and surgeon served this community for a total span of about forty-nine years. He served in the Army as a medical officer in France the time the American Legion was born. It was through his guidance that Hanniton Watts came to be.
A constitution and the name “Hanniton Watts” was adopted at the organizational meeting. Hanniton Watts was a local veteran who died in the defense of his country. Upon application and approval by the American Legion Department, Sate of Florida, Post 193 received its temporary charter on July 22, 1946. And it’s permanent charter June 21, 1962.
Sunday, Hanniton Watts observed the Sixty year anniversary of the Korean War.
Although it was never considered a war, but a conflict, veterans gave their lives and also were POWs-MIAs. Heroes remembered were: George G. Allen, Emmett Anderson Sr., Clarence W. Blount, Walter R. Blount, Jesse O. Brooks, Robert Broughton, Fred Carter Jr., Frank L. Cotton, Charlie O. Frye, John Gaylord, William E. Gove, Samuel C. Hardy, Fred Hicks, Leonard A. Hudson, Arthur W. Humphrey, Wince E. Jerido, Charles M Johnson, Foster M King, Aaron Long III, Allen Moore Sr., Albert S Smith, Jr., Richard L Thomas, Eddie S. Todd and Lawrence Wilson.
The American Legion Post is currently accepting membership for their organization. If you have been in the military, you can join the American Legions. If your spouse was in the military, you can join the Auxiliary. “There’s all types of benefits to all American Legion family,” said Walter Wallace.