Legion Post 71 plants tree in honor of past commander

January 11, 2019

American Legion Post 71 in North Augusta planted a dogwood tree Dec. 30 in honor of Past Commander Jerome “Jerry” Morin.

A short, dedication ceremony for was held at the legion post, and Morin’s son-in-law Robert Stevenson opened the service with a memorial address.

In the address, Stevenson cited Morin’s exemplary service to North Augusta, as well as, the leadership and devotion he gave to Post 71.

After his service with the engineering corps in Vietnam, Morin spent 40 years as a chemical engineer for the SRS.

Morin and Robert “Bob” Ramsey were the two men primarily responsible for designing, planning and carrying out the enormous task of constructing the present building that houses Post 71 today.

The new building opened in 2011, with Ramsey serving as Commander through 2013.

Morin would succeed him in 2015.

Ramsey also spoke at the tree dedication. He lauded Morin for his service to home and country, and shared that Morin was an intellectual, honest man and a great project manager.

“This building would not have been built without Jerry,” Ramsey said, before reading the poem, “Legend of a Dogwood Tree.”

The ceremony closed with the planting of the tree in front of the Post 71 building.

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