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American Legion moves into new Rock Hill building

The American Legion Frank Roach Post 34 has opened its new building which features a club room with a bar, dining area, kitchen and pool tables.
The American Legion Frank Roach Post 34 has opened its new building which features a club room with a bar, dining area, kitchen and pool tables. aburriss@heraldonline.com

After almost 100 years on Cherry Road, Rock Hill’s American Legion post has moved into a brand new building on the southern edge of the city, where it will continue its dedicated service to veterans and to the community.

“We want the next hundred years to be even better than the last,” said Craig Charlton, commander of Frank Roach Post 34, now at 524 Heckle Blvd.

The Legion for decades has been host to countless big events in its post at the corner of Cherry Road and Constitution Boulevard – between District Three Stadium and Winthrop University – where its American flags have shown the community’s patriotism and pride. That will continue at the new 18,000-square-foot building, say the leaders of the post, including Charlton, Adjutant Tom Bates, Sergeant-at-Arms Bill Patterson, Trustee chairman Pete Stathopoulos and Chaplain Bobby Deas.

The new building is the largest American Legion post in the state and can hold hundreds for functions, banquets and events.

The ballroom that houses bingo every Tuesday night and other events is more than 6,000 square feet. The Legion will rent out the space as a way to make money to give to local charities.

“Service is still what we are about,” said Patterson, a former post commander.

The post, which gave $50,000 to the city’s Glencairn Garden Veterans Memorial, contributes to several philanthropic causes, including scholarships for veterans’ families, Junior ROTC, and assistance to several other clubs, organizations and civic groups.

The old building is for sale but is still being rented for banquets and other functions.

The Legion’s members invested wisely in property over the generations, enabling the post to buy 19 acres to build the new post and possibly soon, a baseball stadium to be home for the post’s longtime ballclubs.

Membership is open to anyone who served in the military during war, conflict or terrorism and was discharged honorably.

Tuesday night bingo and first Sunday of the month Honor Guard breakfasts are open to the public.

Andrew Dys •  803-329-4065 •  adys@heraldonline.com

American Legion Post 34

By the numbers:

18,648 – Square-footage of the new building

$3.5 million – Cost of the new building

750 – Number of veteran funerals the post’s Honor Guard has volunteered for in the past 11 years

1919 – Year the American Legion organization was formed

809 – Number of members of the post, making it the third-largest membership in South Carolina behind Greenville and Murrells Inlet near Myrtle Beach

132 – Sons of American Legion members

250 – Ladies’ auxiliary members

2 – Pool tables in the huge Club Room, which also includes a bar, dining area and state-of-the-art kitchen

Want to know more?

Call the post at 803-327-2959 for information about rentals, events, membership – or anything else.

Who was Frank Roach?

Frank Roach was a Rock Hill native who was killed in France during combat in World War I. The post was named for him after it was chartered.

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