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American Legion Hosts 96th National Convention in Charlotte

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Charlotte, N.C. (WJZY) -- The American Legion is hosting it's 96 national convention in Charlotte this week. They're expecting between nine and 10,000 people from across the country.

The Convention Center in uptown Charlotte is buzzing with veterans and their families checking out the vendors.

We caught up with a group that left behind the nicely air-conditioned Convention Center and took on the heat in South Charlotte.

"The American Legion is very proud to give back to the communities where we spend our national convention. We paired up with Rebuilding Together. We wanted to leave a positive footprint versus spending all our time at the convention center," Scott Miller said.

Scott Miller is a member of the American Legion. He's visiting Charlotte from Illinois.

"They're all volunteers who offered their time to get up early this morning before the sun was up. They're from Washington State to Maine and everything in between. Everything from the community members to past commanders and up in coming officers," said Miller.

These legionnaires and their families are sprucing up the Pine Valley Community Center in South Charlotte.

"They've got an after school program, an after school meal program, and that really hit home with the American Legion in terms of taking care of our next leaders," Miller said.

"Most people of the neighborhood grew up here and now their children are being serviced and their grandchildren. It's part of our history," said Marshalle Peay.

Marshalle Peay is the President of Pine Valley Community Development.

"I grew up in the neighborhood since I was 9 years old. I once attended the programs here back in the day. I also worked here as a teenager. My children and grandchildren have been serviced here," said Peay.

Peay says she couldn't believe it when the American Legion chose her neighborhood center for their rehab project.

"I really do thank the American Legion for taking the time out of their busy schedules to help us. They don't know how grateful we are. We're just truly thankful for what they've done for us," Peay said.

The American Legion will be out in the community again this Sunday for a big parade. Here are more details on the event.

 

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