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Statewide gathering of Legion next week

 


The Haines American Legion chapter will host Alaska’s 98th American Legion Department Convention April 27-29, bringing more than 95 people to town.

Haines American Legion (Lynn Canal Post 12) member Joe Poor said state and national American Legion and Auxiliary members will attend the Legion’s only annual statewide gathering.

In preparation, Poor said volunteers have repaired and re-painted the local American Legion building exterior on Second Avenue, remodeled the commercial kitchen, swapped old electric appliances with new gas-fired appliances, purchased new chairs, re-upholstered booths and dressed up the entrance.

Nick Kokotovich, local commander of Sons of American Legion, said the convention was in Haines last about nine years ago.

Most participants will take part in workshops and classes, while some VIP events include a totem pole dedication at the Sobleff-McCrae building at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 27 where the public also is invited, a visit to Klukwan’s Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Center and a Takshanuk mountain tour.

“Come and learn more about our American Legion and how we are focused on supporting American veterans of all military services to include Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, US Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserves,” Poor said.

Members of the public can buy raffle tickets to win 15-20 different prizes donated by local businesses during the convention. Tickets are available by stopping by the Lynn Canal Post after 2 p.m. or by calling 907-766-2530. The Legion also is looking for volunteers to help with lunches and cleanup in the evenings.

 
 

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