Senator Gloria Negrete McLeod and Assemblymember Wilmer Amina Carter spoke of the history of Veteran's Day recently at the Guy Wynton Morris American Legion Post 710 and thanked their servicemen for the contributions to the country.
Guy Winton Morris was a local veteran who went into the military (not sure but probably was drafted) He lived in the Westside His relative by marriage was the next door neighbor to Jack Hill one of the founders of the Post and an outstanding citizen. Morris served the South Pacific, became ill and died in a military hospital.
After WWII 1945-1946 they decided to form an American Legion Post. They needed a name and the family of Morris lobbied to have his name be used. Jack Hill who was new in town went along with the suggestion and the Guy Winton Morris American Legion Post 710.
James Guy was the only Black member of the American Legion Post 106 in Redlands; he volunteered to help the post get started. It was actually the one who got the ball rolling. Prior to that Blacks were not traditionally accepted in every group but Redlands accepted him.
Even the historically White American Legion Post 14 in San Bernardino was not open to Black members but helped in the establishment of Post 710.
"No event is complete without remember the POW's," said Commander Charles Love.
Other highlights were the presentation of colors and the recognition of the POW's.
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