Then American Legion Post 323 in Lehigh Acres has celebrated its 50th anniversary with a thre4e-day open house at its post home at 1124 Ashlar Ave.
The celebration was held between April 12-14. On the first day, the celebration began as Legion Riders held a fish and shrimp dinner from 5 to 7 p.m.; and then karaoke with Tina and Barry, a local group, said Linda Hall, a spokeswoman with the American Legion Auxiliary 323.
On Saturday members held a picnic at the backyard of the posts home. Boy Scouts cooked hot dogs and hamburgers, Hall said. There was a bounce house for the children, a dunk tank, which if you were lucky, you could dunk Commander Jerry Sherlock or Past Commander Don Carter.
There was also a "jail" where for a fee you could incarcerate a friend and find people who would pay to have him or released, all for charity.
Hall said that during this time, Tina and Barry donated their time playing music and at 2 p.m., Guns & Hoses Drum and Bugle Corp performed.
Later, Jeff Pecht and his volunteers cooked and served a meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, roll and butter, Hall said.
The dessert was a big 50th year anniversary cake which was donated by Tina and Craig Hanson. Later that evening, Hall said everyone danced to the Live and Learn Band.
Donations to the function came from the American Legion Post family, the Sons of the American Legion Squadron and the American Legion Riders. All proceeds will be given to a local chapter of "PAWS 4 Patriots."
Hall said this organization trains the dogs that help wounded warriors when they return to the U.S. from war.
Hall said the event was a successful one and was enjoyed by the large group that attended. She also said new members are welcome and if you are interested to call the American Legion at (239) 369-3178 for details on how to become a member.