Whitehall News

Post 490 to recognize veterans, honor past Legion commanders


The Whitehall post of the American Legion will honor its veterans and recognize past commanders during a ceremony Monday, May 20, at American Legion Post 490, 1117 S. Hamilton Road.

"It's the first time we've done an event quite like this and hope it can become an annual event," said Jim Refinati, a past commander of Post 490 and a past 12th District commander of the American Legion, Department of Ohio.

The program is scheduled to start promptly at 7 p.m. May 20, Refinati said.

A memorial service will start the program as Post 490 memorializes eight of its past members.

The Honor Guard of American Legion Post 797, based in Gahanna, will perform taps. The names of the eight individuals will be added to a memorial wall inside the post.

An award ceremony will follow the memorial.

Four members of Post 490 will be recognized for their services to the post, as well as to the American Legion. Two members will be recognize for 25 years of service, one for 45 years of service and another for 55 years of service.

Three past commanders of Post 490 will receive plaques for their service.

Scheduled guest speakers at the event include Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard, Franklin County Commissioner Paula Brooks, Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Guy Reece II and Jeff Kaufman, the commander-elect of the American Legion, Department of Ohio.