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Dillard first joined the American Legion in 1969 after serving in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy.

COURTESY PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL/FO - Members of the Forest Grove chapter of the American Legion salute during the presentation of colors at a Veterans Day assembly at Forest Grove High School in 2017.National Commander of the American Legion Paul Dillard will visit Forest Grove later this month.

Dillard will be in the area for a national convention hosted by the Aloha American Legion post June 23-25.

"We are extremely honored to host. We didn't realize we were even more than a blip on the radar," said Wendy Berger Wood, commander of the Forest Grove post. "So we're pretty happy about this."

The Forest Grove American Legion Post 2 organizes an annual flag disposal ceremony, hosts a local Boy Scouts of America branch and helps organize the city's annual Sept. 11 memorial. Wood said the post has 104 paid members, mostly veterans of wars in Korea and Vietnam who now reside in Forest Grove, Cornelius and Gaston.

Dillard, who first joined the American Legion in 1969 after serving in Vietnam with the U.S. Navy, will be at the legion meeting room at 2003 21st Ave. at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 21, to talk about the Forest Grove branch and hold a question and answer session. The public is invited to attend.

For more information about the American Legion, contact Wood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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