Commander Dale Cockrill of Carl Boyd Post 42 greets the American Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger on his arrival in Cartersville. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Commander Dale Cockrill of Carl Boyd Post 42 greets the American Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger on his arrival in Cartersville.
Bartow County and regional American Legionnaires had the honor Friday night of hosting National Commander Dan Dellinger at Carl Boyd Post 42.
selected Cartersville as one of the five stops he
made in Georgia during his
"As national commander I try to get to as many - we call them departments - we possibly can.
The Department of Georgia is one of those and I hope to hit 48 this year, and 10 foreign countries.
I'll be on the road about 330 days this year," Dellinger
Elected to a one-year term August 2013, Dellinger said he is the chief executive officer and chief spokesman of the American Legion.
active duty service, he
was posted at Fort Benning and later moved into the Army Reserve.
The Cartersville post, he
said, was an example of the legion's four pillars: patriotism, taking care of veterans, taking care of communities and a strong national defense.
"It's a very good example.
The programs they put on, the scholarships that they give, are exactly why we were founded," Dellinger
Among the legion's duties, Dellinger
explained, is lobbying for both retired soldiers and those on active duty.
Every day, especially with the increase in suicides in the military lately, we have to make sure that the doctors are there when they're needed," Dellinger
Following a dinner and recognition of local, state and national officers in the legion, as well as the American Legion
stood to give his
remarks to an audience composed of legionnaires from around the organization's seventh district.
touched on the legion's need to support new veterans and increase membership.
cited numbers from 2013, when the legion helped approximately 220,000 men and women through sponsorships, scholarships and other activities.
Fundraising amounts hit approximately $22 million, he
said that while membership was up, it still needed to continue growing, and it could be done by simply asking a veteran to join.
"One thing that wasn't stated in my resume was that I'm also a Mason, and I've coined a little phrase this year," Dellinger