American Legion Post 316 South Cherokee County held its 94th American Legion birthday celebration and special awards presentation at Magnolia Hall in Woodstock.
State Rep. Michael Caldwell (R-Woodstock) attended the ceremony and congratulated the post on its celebration of the American Legion’s 94th birthday. Caldwell also thanked the award recipients for their service to the local community.
Among those receiving Woodstock Police Officer of the Year Awards were: Supervisor of the Year — Lt. Matt O’Keefe; Officer of the Year — Detective Ron Hughes; Rookie of the Year — Officer Cullen Fitchett; Civilian of the Year — Jenny Banas; Volunteer of the Year — Matt Marano.
Woodstock Fire Department Firefighters of the Year Awards went to Firefighter of the Year — Bobby Brian Dean and Rookie Firefighter of the Year — James Brennan
Eagle Scout presentations were also made to William Harrison Stepat and Benjamin McKenzie.
U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey was unable to attend the festivities but honored Post 316 and its award recipients with an address to the Speaker of the House.
In the address Gingrey said that he wanted to recognize American Legion Post 316, located in Woodstock, which celebrated 94 years of patriotic service on March 21, 2013.
Since the American Legion received its Congressional Charter in 1919, it has grown to more than 2.4 million members at over 14,000 posts across the world, Gingrey said.
“Mr. Speaker, as the country’s largest wartime veteran’s organization, the National American Legion has become a leading advocate for devoted veterans, active service members, and strong communities. In that spirit, American Legion Post 316 will honor local men and women for their exemplary service,” Gingrey said in his address. “To American Legion Post 316, Cherokee County law enforcement, firefighters, and community leaders: On behalf of Georgia’s 11th District, my deepest thanks for your service and your commitment.”