Radford American Legion lauded for 100th anniversary

City of Radford photo – Members of the Harvey-Howe-Carper American Legion Post 30 stand with members of Radford City Council during a ceremony Monday in honor of the post’s 100th anniversary.

RADFORD – Radford City Council recognized the American Legion Post 30’s 100th anniversary at Monday’s council meeting, which was the first full meeting of Radford’s new council.

The Harvey-Howe-Carper American Legion Post 30 has operated in Radford since 1919 and was named for the three Radford residents who died in Word War I. At one time, it was one of the three largest American Legion posts in Virginia.

Monday’s accolades were a bit delayed, as the anniversary was in 2019, but were nonetheless appreciated by the American Legion members on-hand. A proclamation in honor of the 100th anniversary praised Post 30 for its sponsorship of the Boy’s State and Girl’s State programs, participation in parades, the city’s Memorial Day program and other events and donating the use of their post home for various city functions. The proclamation also showed appreciation for the American Legion’s mission of being “committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans.

Monday’s meeting was the first full meeting in her new position for Vice Mayor Naomi Huntington, who was elected by her fellow council members at the July 1 organizational meeting. Radford’s two newest council members, Onassis Burress and Forrest Hite, were also in attendance for their first full meeting.