American Legion, SUFFOLK POST NO. 57

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New River Valley History:

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For discussion of history and genealogy of the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia you are welcomed to join the New River History and Genealogy Discussion Group.

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New River Notes — Complete

January 21, 2014

After about two years of work we have completed a major upgrade to New River Notes. On January 21, 2014 we switched in the last of the updated files and final page revisions.

In January 2013 we introduced the new site layout but because there were many pages left to do there was a big red Under Construction on the front page. A year later we've finished all of the pages that were on the original site. Construction is complete. We have a great looking site full of material to help you in your research and possibly entertain you.

We're not finished. A site like this can't just freeze in time. It must be maintained, .... Read More

New River Notes

January 6, 2013

New River Notes, a leading genealogy resource for the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia, launched its new look website today.

new river valley mapNew River Notes was originally launched in 1998 by Jeffrey C. Weaver providing New River Valley researchers with a new wealth of information and that tradition is continued today by the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Welcome and we hope you enjoy our new look. For more information on the changes and plans see posts on the GCVHF Google+ Page.


Suffolk, Virginia

American Legion, 1924

The American Legion was started in Suffolk immediately after the war, with Captain C. H. Causey at the head of it. He was for a period of a year Post Commander and the membership of the Post at that time was about forty, which is the present membership now. It has always maintained about that membership from veterans of the city of Suffolk and Nansemond County. The Post has done quite a bit of work towards helping out veterans who were unable to help themselves, and charitable work, and probably the biggest thing that the Post has done was to declare in Suffolk a day known as American Legion Day. During the year 1921, the banks and all business houses declared a holiday on that day, a big parade was given in the morning, in the afternoon they had a tournament in which about thirty knights participated; that night they had a ball and everybody participated from the old to the infants. The Lieutenant-Governor introduced the Governor, who made the charge to the knights. A member of the State Senate made the coronation address and there were people here from all over the State. The American Legion realized about $1,900.00 from the tournament and ball, $1,000.00 of which was given to the Memorial Library fund, a fund for the purpose of erecting a memorial library to the veterans of the world's war from Nansemond County and the city of Suffolk.