American legion honors women in the military


By Kasie Strickland - kstrickland@championcarolinas.com



Paying his respects.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Sam’s Club grilled hot dogs to say thanks.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Post 52 stops in at Sam’s Club for their Veterans Day thank you lunch.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Bryson Skelton and Tara Brown took part in the Veterans Day program at Sam’s Club in Easley.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

American Legion Post 52 handed out special Thank you coins to veterans.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell welcomed everyone to Robinson Memorial Gardens for Post 52’s Vet’s Day Program.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Commander Bones Wilson.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Adjutant Paul Smith.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Ret. Air Force MSGT Sam Hendricks, right, and Ret. Army Lt. Col. Tina Ehlies, left.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Post 52 honored women in the military at this years Veterans Day program.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Ret. Air Force MSGT Sam Hendricks.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Dianne Robinson reading the list of names of fallen soldiers in Pickens County.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Sam Gillespie playing TAPS.


Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

EASLEY — The American Legion Post 52 held their annual Veteran’s Day program on Saturday at Robinson Memorial Gardens.

Although the program honored all who serve, this year, the Legion paid particular attention to women in the military.

“We’ve been working tirelessly to have everything all set up and running smoothly,” said Sam Gillespie, active member in Post 52. “Five years ago we did World War II, four year ago it was Korea, then Vietnam and then last year we did the Gulf War. This year, we decided to honor women in the military and we were very fortunate to have such a wonderful guest speaker.”

Army Lt. Col. Tina Ehlies (ret.) was a nurse who served in Vietnam through The Gulf War.

“She did a great job,” said Gillespie. “We really were lucky to have her. This is the 99th year of The American Legion and for the first time, a female has been elected as National Commander, Denise Rohan.”

Gillespie said that Rohan’s election inspired Post 52’s Commander Bones Wilson and Adjutant Paul Smith to make women in the military this year’s theme.

“It wasn’t exactly planned that way, but once Rohan was elected it just made sense,” he said. “I think it went great.”

In addition to the speakers and the traditional laying of the wreaths ceremonies, Post 52 also handed out special “thank you” Legion coins and miniature “Women Proudly Served” dog tags to the veterans that attended the program.

In all, the Legion handed out around 20 coins, Gillespie said.

Paying his respects.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_Post-52-Paying-tribute.jpgPaying his respects. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Sam’s Club grilled hot dogs to say thanks.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_1.jpgSam’s Club grilled hot dogs to say thanks. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Post 52 stops in at Sam’s Club for their Veterans Day thank you lunch.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_2.jpgPost 52 stops in at Sam’s Club for their Veterans Day thank you lunch. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Bryson Skelton and Tara Brown took part in the Veterans Day program at Sam’s Club in Easley.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_3.jpgBryson Skelton and Tara Brown took part in the Veterans Day program at Sam’s Club in Easley. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

American Legion Post 52 handed out special Thank you coins to veterans.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_44.jpgAmerican Legion Post 52 handed out special Thank you coins to veterans. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Easley Mayor Larry Bagwell welcomed everyone to Robinson Memorial Gardens for Post 52’s Vet’s Day Program.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_45.jpgEasley Mayor Larry Bagwell welcomed everyone to Robinson Memorial Gardens for Post 52’s Vet’s Day Program. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Commander Bones Wilson.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_46.jpgCommander Bones Wilson. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Adjutant Paul Smith.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_47.jpgAdjutant Paul Smith. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Ret. Air Force MSGT Sam Hendricks, right, and Ret. Army Lt. Col. Tina Ehlies, left.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_48.jpgRet. Air Force MSGT Sam Hendricks, right, and Ret. Army Lt. Col. Tina Ehlies, left. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Post 52 honored women in the military at this years Veterans Day program.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_49.jpgPost 52 honored women in the military at this years Veterans Day program. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Ret. Air Force MSGT Sam Hendricks.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_50.jpgRet. Air Force MSGT Sam Hendricks. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Dianne Robinson reading the list of names of fallen soldiers in Pickens County.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_51.jpgDianne Robinson reading the list of names of fallen soldiers in Pickens County. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

Sam Gillespie playing TAPS.
http://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_52.jpgSam Gillespie playing TAPS. Britt Wyatt | The Sentinel-Progress

By Kasie Strickland

kstrickland@championcarolinas.com

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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