By SALLY SEXTON
Officers and supporters of the American Legion Post 163 gathered for the post’s official grand opening Friday afternoon at its new location off Cartwright Park Road.
“We want to welcome you to our new home, which will hopefully be our permanent home for the next 100 years at least,” Commander Bill Mallory said.
The American Legion officially moved to its new headquarters early this year, after conducting meetings in a nearby trailer before the building was completed. The old post 163, which was located off Eureka Street, was home to Legion officers from 1933-2011.
“This has been a long, hard journey,” past commander Ron Chandler said. “Without this Legion family, I don’t see how our post could have survived.”
Lisa Flowers, with the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce, congratulated the Legion on its new location and facilities. Other guest speakers included Jim Fleming, American Legion Department of Texas commander, and Parker County Judge Mark Riley.
“We appreciate you and what you’ve done for the service of our country,” Riley said. “If there’s anything we can do for you, we’ll do it. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it.”
During the ceremony, Mallory and Chandler produced plaques to officially dedicate the post and the outside memorial, which was relocated from the old Legion.
Guests were presented with hamburgers and hot dogs, cooked in the new kitchen, and entertainment provided by Lady Rae Silver.