American Legion Post 64 in Heber Springs received a visit from the American Legion’s National Commander, Charles Schmidt on Monday.

Post 64 was filled with members of the organization from all over the state with many different rankings and the public. The rankings represented at the ceremony ranged from National, State, Post, Son’s of the Legion and Son’s of the State.

After being escorted by Heber Springs Police Department and members of the American Legion Riders, Schmidt arrived to a warm welcome.

As the crowd entered in the building, Post 64 Commander, Louis Gray, opened the night by introducing speakers that eventually led to Schmidt taking the floor to speak briefly about his history, American Legion history, and the pride of the American Legion.

Schmidt was elected as National Commander in September 2016 at the 98th American Legion National Convention being known as the Legion’s first National Commander from the state of Oregon.

He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1965 and served active duty until he decided to retire in 1993.

The American Legion is the United States largest veterans service organization, with a membership of a little over 2 million men and women. Formed in 1919, the organization focuses their efforts on serving veterans, service members, and communities by influencing social change within the United States.

After the speaking, the crowd was served Prime Rib with an assortment of sides, and a beautiful arrangement of desserts.