2017 Legionnaire of the Year

Legionnaire Larry Hardesty has actively supported Lloyd Williams Post 41 for over 11 years.  As a “Can Do” spirited individual, Legionnaire Hardesty has served as Post 41 vice commander and as an outstanding member of the Post 41 Executive Committee.  When not fulfilling Post 41 challenging leadership responsibilities, he can be readily found enthusiastically supporting other Post activities and programs.

Legionnaire Hardesty enlisted in the Army and received training in law enforcement and security.  He ultimately served in a Military Police assignment while stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.  After being discharged from the Army, he settled in Clarke County,  supervised the school system maintenance department, supported his church, was active in various community programs, and eventually retired.

Legionnaire Hardesty is an extremely dependable person who can be relied upon to undertake and complete Post projects ranging from simple efforts to complex programs and events.  The fruits of his labor are enjoyed and appreciated by all.  However,  Larry’s extensive work has reached a point where many Post members have become accustomed to his ability to successfully complete tasks in the background without realizing the tremendous contributions he has made to these activities.    He sacrifices a significant amount of personal time and graciously donates the use of his own vehicle and gas for most of these tasks.  A few examples of the activities in which he is routinely involved include:  helping with the placement of graveside military markers, transporting tools, placing the new markers and repairing old ones; constructing the concrete bases used to mount the bronze military markers; organizing the early morning loading, delivery and placement of folding chairs, podium and ceremonial flags for the Memorial Day ceremony at Rose Hill;  at the conclusion of the Memorial Day ceremony he also organizes the cleanup and return of items that were used.  During general Post meetings, Larry regularly assists with the preparation and set up of the food and snacks and after meeting cleanup.  He also helps transport shut-in veterans to various community events and Post meetings.  Legionnaire Hardesty is always “there”, enthusiastically and willing to help with any project or activity.

In addition to supporting Post 41, Legionnaire Hardesty actively assists his church, Brucetown Methodist Church, in various programs and projects that include construction and maintenance efforts.  Two events that are critical to both his church and Post 41 involve the preparation and set up of Post 41’s annual Christmas Dinner and Spring Awards Dinner which are catered by the Brucetown Methodist Church. 

Legionnaire Hardesty is very active with CCAPP (Congregational Community Action Program) in which he spends considerable time assisting with sorting and delivering donated food and clothing.  He is a member and president of the local Retired Teachers Association and also heads activities to preserve and restore a historic church located on Crums Church Road.

In recognition of his outstanding dedication and conscientious service to Lloyd Williams Post 41 of the American Legion, Legionnaire Larry Hardesty has been selected as the 2017 Post 41 Legionnaire of the Year.  The Legionnaires of Post 41 salute Larry Hardesty’s exemplary service, patriotism, and dedication to his Post and the mission of The American Legion.

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