Matthews American Legion Post 235 Installs New Officers

Former Commander Alan Burgess, Ed Steel, Masonic Lodge and Legionnaire. (Ed Berti)
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American Legion Post 235 located in Matthews on Wednesday night had their annual installation of Post Officers for the 2018-2019 calendar year.  These newly elected leaders will officially take their positions effective July 1st.

The outgoing Commander Alan Burgess passed the gavel over to the new Post 235 Commander Phil Mowry.  Interesting enough both gentlemen were former Majors in the United States Air Force.

New Commander Phil Mowry, Commissioner Jeff Miller, in background John Higdon and Post Historian John Ellis. (Ed Berti)

In attendance were some of the local Board of Commissioners John Urban and Jeff Miller, Mayor Pro-Tem John Higdon, 40 plus Legion members, spouses and guests including Ed Steel, Secretary from the Matthews Masonic Lodge.

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization that was chartered and incorporated in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization.  It is the largest veterans group committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our local communities across the nation.  The Legion advocates patriotism, Americanism, honor, promotes strong national security, and continued devotion to service members and veterans from different generations.

POW-MIA Ceremonial Table. (Ed Berti)

The American Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to assist veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities.  The Legionnaires are devoted to service, patriotism, volunteerism, and camaraderie.

The Post 235 Officers are Phil Mowry, Commander, Ed Berti, First Vice Commander, Dave Matteo, Second Vice Commander, Albert Cerino, Adjutant and Chaplain, Richard Bowers, Finance Officer and Judge Advocate, John Ellis, Historian, Michael Pennell, Sergeant-at-Arms, Fred Dorsey, Quartermaster, Hal Parker, Executive Committee, Alan Burgess, Immediate Past Commander.  The Post needs to appoint a new Service Officer over the next few months to fill this important position.

Two new American Legion Post 235 members. (Ed Berti)

American Legion Post 235 has 231 members on their roster and growing.  If there are any veterans, guardsmen, reservists, and active service members from the local area who would like to join and participate in making a difference within our local community and  nationally please contact the Legion.  The Post has meetings every third Thursday of each month year round at the Matthews Masonic Lodge located at 184 South Trade Street, Matthews, NC 28105 at 6:00 pm.  If interested the Post 235 website can be found at for more information.

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Ed Berti
Ed is retired and remains active as a freelance writer, local journalist and independent contractor. He is engaged in print and electronic media writing stories covering business, sports, hometown news and veteran's affairs including articles of interest to various media outlets. Ed is a graduate of Wagner College where he earned an MBA and holds a BBA from Pace University.
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