Henry K. Burtner Post 53 held their annual Salute to Heroes on Friday August 16, 2019, at their post home located at 729 Creek Ridge Road, Greensboro, N.C. The post salutes local heroes from the Guilford County Emergency Management Service (EMS), Guilford County Sheriff Office/Detention Center, Greensboro Police and Fire Departments, and North Carolina Highway Patrol (Troop D). This year’s recipients are:
Guilford County EMS – Joseph Castleda
Guilford County Sheriff Deputy – Deputy Stacey L. Joseph
Guilford County Sheriff Detention Deputy – Senior Officer LaPorsha Davis
Greensboro Police Department – Officer Michael Molson
Greensboro Fire Department – Capt. William D. Coker
North Carolina Highway Patrol – Trooper Brandon Jefferson
The post has recognized local heroes for 50-plus years, according to Post Adjutant Bob Davis. Bob has been a member of the post for 50 years and the post has been doing it as long as he has been a member. This year’s ceremony was hosted by Post Commander Peter Munos. This year’s ceremony was attended by Greensboro Police Department Deputy Chief Brian James.
The American Legion is founded on four pillars: Americanism, National Defense, Veterans Rehabilitation, and Children and Youth. The Legion in its Preamble specifically calls out to maintain law and order, and through this program we recognize the law and order of our local community. One of the children and youth programs the post is involved with is American Legion Baseball, and the post and guests heard from our baseball team manager James Goard, who provided a synopsis of their season and that next year the baseball program will have Junior and Senior teams. The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization and is open to all veterans and active-duty personnel who have served or serve since December 7, 1941. To learn more about The American Legion, go to www.legion.org.