The American Legion (AL) has a long and rich history dating back to July 26, 1919 of which the Department of Arkansas (DA) has played no small role. The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) has been a pardoner from the beginning. June 11, 2016 the ALA elected Carol Smith of Siloam ALA Unit 29 to as the President of the DA of ALA for the year of 2016-2017 and on June 12, 2016 the DA, AL elected her husband J.W. Smith to be the commander of the DA, AL for the year 2016-2017. This is the first time that members of Siloam Post 29 have been elected to these offices since its founding July 31, 1919. It is only the second time in the history of the DA that a husband and wife team has served at the same time leading the Department of Arkansas of The American Legion and Department of Arkansas of The American Legion Auxiliary.
The American Legion, Department of Arkansas and The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Arkansas are two separately chartered organizations. They have a common goal of providing support for Veterans and their families.
They elect their respective leaders annually at their convention. Mr. & Mrs. Charles Wentworth of Bella Vista became the first husband and wife to take the reigns of the largest veterans organization in the state.
At the 95th annual Department of Arkansas Auxiliary convention held June 10 - 11, 2016 Carol Smith was elected in a land slide over her opponent. At the 98th annual Department of Arkansas elections held on Sunday June 12, J.W. Smith accepted the gavel from outgoing Commander Verlon Abram. Both Carl Smith and J.W. have serve honorably as the leaders of our two great organization here in the great state of Arkansas for the year 2016-17.
J.W Smith. is the Past Commander of Siloam Post 29 and Carol Smith is the Past President of Siloam Unit 29. J. W. has been elected to serve as Siloam Post 29 commander 2017-18 and Carol Smith has returned to AL Unit 29 as an active member.
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Siloam Post 29 of Dept. of AR, The American Legion