In late 1919, a group of WWI veterans in the Carthage area met to discuss the need for an organization to support veterans in Smith County, The charter members voted to name this organization after the U.S. Army 2nd Lieutenant Charley E. Price, a Smith County native killed in Action during WWI on 29 Sept 1918. On 25 November 1919, an application for the Charles E. Price Post of the American Legion in Carthage, Tennessee was submitted. This application contained the names of the following veterans:
Nat B. Key, Savage Hackett, Dr. Rhea Garrett, Billy Martin Young, Ovid Neal, Blake Thackston, I.D. Beasley, W>W> Heckman, W.H> Turner, Roy Ligon, Harry Baird, Claud Greer, Bryan Key, Dortch Hackett, Andrew Carpenter.
On 16 December 1919, their application was approved and a charter was issued to establish the Chaarley E. Price American Legion Post 57. On 3 May 1920, an application for a permanent charter for the Charley E. Price Post 57 was submitted and approved on 28 January 1921. The Permanent Charter was issued on 25 March 1921.
Post records for 1919 - 1953 has W.W. Heckman, Commander, and W.H. Turner, Adjutant in 1920, 1921, and 1922. During this 3 year period, membership dropped from 63 in 1920 to only 5 in 1922. Due to inactivity, Post 57's Charter was cancelled on 14 September 1924. Post 57 remained inactive until 1930. In January 1930, an application to the American Legion was made for a new charter for Post 57. The request was approved and a new Charter was issued for The Charles E. Price Post 57 on 3 March 1931 and has continued to be an active post.
On 14 March 2017, Post 57 submitted an application for an American Legion Rider Charter. The application was approved and a Charter was granted on 20 March 2017. Charter members are:
ALR Director Bob Glidwell, Donny Payne, Fred Keith, Joe Stout, and Ray Lawrence
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Smith County community, the goal of every Veteran to it's last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday. Each year, active members of Post 57 along with the Boy Scouts, place flags on Veteran graves in Smith County.
ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans. It has been in Smith County. Annually the Post sponsored the Armistice Day Parade is held on the Sunday afternoon preceding Veteran's Day.
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American LegionPost --- sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the National American Legion.
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