A significant milestone was celebrated Saturday, Sept. 1 as the Wilkesville-based Joseph A. Freeman American Legion Post 476 celebrated its 150th anniversary in conjunction with the annual bean dinner. The event featured beans cooked in iron kettles, bluegrass music, a car show and Civil War display mixed in with all the fellowship. The Legion is active in many community events and also participates in parades and civic affairs.
Commander Wayne Smathers told The Telegram the day was about heritage, history and reflection.
"I am just thrilled our post has lasted this long," said Smathers. "We think it is important to support our country, the military and for people to remember the history of our country. We thank everyone for coming out today."
The Civil War collection was unusual as there were uniforms, caps, musical instruments, weapons and other memorabilia for the war that divided America. The music provided came from the Backwoods Bluegrass & Friends group, reflecting the days of traditional country and Americana sounds all throughout the event.