|Published: 12:43 PM, 10/14/2013
||Last updated: 12:44 PM, 10/14/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-If you look closely
enough, you can see the name in several places in Madisonville. It's
on two different veteran memorials at the courthouse and it's
displayed above a door on what is referred to as "the old stone
Now, though, American Legion Post 65 in
Madisonville, in operation since at least the 1930s, has closed.
Third District Commander Lester Norton
said the main reason for the closure is lack of interest.
"There was no activity and no
participation," Norton said, "for quite a while. You could call a
meeting and no one would show up."
While you can point to the aging
veterans from previous generations beginning to leave us and a new
generation of soldiers perhaps wanting to do their own thing as
reasons for waning interest in the American Legion, Norton said it's
not easy closing a chapter down.
"We lost our meeting place," he
said, "due to nobody doing it anymore. We had the same thing happen
with the Legion in Sweetwater and the one in Tellico Plains split
into two groups. But after the Sweetwater chapter was closed, people
became upset, so we reopened it and now it's going again, so
there's always hope."
See full story in the Sunday, Oct. 13, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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