Legionnaires celebrate 95th convention
American Legion members stand during the opening ceremony for the 95th American Legion convention at the Radisson in Manchester on Friday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Vice Commander Gerard Bernard of Post 11, left, and Vice Commander Alan Baumann of Post 72 drape the POW-MIA flag over emply chairs during a ceremony at the 95th American Legion convention at the Radisson in Manchester on Friday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
Mayor Ted Gatsas, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte and John Neylon Sr., the Legion's national vice commander, were among those to welcome the hundreds of New Hampshire legionnaires to Manchester for the convention, which moved another year closer to celebrating its 100th.
Shea-Porter, who serves on the House Armed Service Committee, spoke about her efforts since returning to Congress to provide veterans opportunities in education, including a tax credit for employers who hire a recently discharged veteran.
"In addition to helping returning troops access the health care and education they deserve, I am committed to helping them find a job," she said.
Roy Jeffrey of Plaistow, a World War II veteran well-known for his work with the Legion and throughout his community, was honored as Legionnaire of the Year.
Jeffrey said he served two years, 11 months and 28 days. He said he'd be willing to go back and serve the final two days if that's what it takes, drawing another round of laughter during his remarks.
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