A longtime member of American Legion Post 336, located in East Bend, has now taken on a new role with the veterans’ organization. David Shore, commander of Post 336, was installed as the North Carolina state commander of the American Legion on July 2 at the group’s annual convention in Raleigh.
Shore has been involved with the American Legion for 20 years and served as the commander of the East Bend post for 13 years. He will continue to serve in his role of post commander in East Bend. He said he also is excited about the opportunity to serve in this statewide position as well.
“I’m looking forward to this year as being state commander. I get to travel the state,” Shore said. “It’s a great honor. It means a lot to mean that they’ve placed their confidence in me to hold this position.”
The American Legion is the nation’s largest organization for wartime veterans. In addition to working to support veterans in need, the group also is heavily involved in youth activities. They sponsor scholarships, oratory competitions for youth and a baseball program which culminates in the American Legion World Series each year.
In addition to funding scholarships for youth and a national emergency fund that goes to help veterans in need during times of crisis such as natural disasters, Post 336 also supports a special project known as Operation North State which sends care packages of North Carolina products to NC veterans serving overseas.
In his duties as state commander, Shore will travel throughout the state, visiting and participating in meetings and events in all the state districts. He also will travel to the national post in Indianapolis several times for trainings and other meetings.
Shore is no stranger to working on national and statewide American Legion projects. He said he has been involved with numerous projects with the American Legion during his time with the organization.
He said he is particularly excited to be able to attend this year’s American Legion World Series event in Shelby.
One of the goals the local organization has, Shore said, is to recruit younger veterans. Since he first joined Post 336, the group has grown in numbers, but those numbers are starting to decline. Working to find new activities to entice the younger generation of veterans to participate is something Shore said they hope to accomplish.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.