Legion dedicates community space to Saddler

By Wayne Allen

August 10, 2013

Wayne Allen

PDT Staff Writer

The American Legion Post 23, located on Court Street in Portsmouth, is and has been home to a number of community events and parties. A ceremony was held Thursday night in which the hall where many events are held was formally dedicated the James R. Saddler Veterans Hall.

“Jim is a man who has dedicated his life to public service with this service to his country, his service in the Portsmouth Fire Department and his continuing service to veterans,” said Shawn Gee, Post Commander.

A number of events and activities that Saddler and his wife Jane are involved in were highlighted including the annual Veterans Picnic held each summer and the annual Veterans Christmas Party held every year.

In his remarks to those in attendance Saddler thanked his wife for being along side his through these activities.

“Whatever it is I’ve accomplished, there is no doubt in my mind it’s because I met my wife Jane 50 years, one month and about 16 days ago,” Saddler said.

Saddler went on to tell stories about what it takes to organize the Christmas party every year and some of the interesting people he has meet in the process.

“The board and the officers at the post last year decided to do this for my father and I can’t thank these guys enough for doing that,” said Rich Saddler, son of James Saddler. “He is just a regular person and does not want all of the fame, you can tell that by what he said this evening, it was about other people. But, this minute, right now is for him.”

Plaques will be hung at each of the entrances of the legion indicating it as the James R, Saddler Veterans Hall.

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