Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the Harrisburg Hilton, The Pennsylvania American Legion kicked off their 100th Convention! The program was attended by the entire Legion Family including the American Legion Auxiliary, The Sons of the American Legion, The American Legion Riders and The American Legion.
The night started with a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and God Bless the USA from Sergeant Rahn Richards of the PA State Police.
We were called to worship from our Department Chaplain, Reverend Richard Denison. Past Department Chaplain Reverend James Fox gave the invocation. Reverend Donald Cosby read the Old Testament Reading and Reverend John Trout read the new Testament Reading. Our guest speaker for the night was Reverend Gregory Moore.
Post Chaplain of the Year Award went to Chaplain Harry J. VanRiper, Post 548 and was presented to him by Department Chaplain Richard Denison and Department Commander Paul Kennedy.
Post 272 Honor Guard held a beautiful ceremony honoring the members who have gone on to Post Everlasting. Those honored were Past Department Commander Robert D. Shalala, Past District Commander John L Ralston, Auxiliary Past Department President Anna K. Coneybeer, Past District Commander Jerry P Gantzer, Past District Commander John E Kuhn, Sr., Past Western Vice Commander John “Jack” Haines, Past District Commander James W. chandler, Past National Vice Commander Terry D. Lewis, Auxiliary Past Department President Verla Mae Shultz.