As the new year dawned Saturday morning, the ovens and stovetops at American Legion Post 6 in Corinth warmed up, and the smell of hog jowl, black-eyed peas, turnip greens and cornbread filled the air.

After a two-year absence, the New Year’s Day meal was back on the menu.

American Legion Post 6 Commander Nora Moreland and volunteers eagerly watched as the doors opened at 11 a.m. to a line of hungry patrons, and more on the way.

“The Post 6 family came together and showed up and showed out,” said Carlean Parker, officer with the American Legion Post 6 Auxiliary. “Everyone jumped in and did an awesome job.”

Despite 14 pounds of black-eyed peas, 20 pounds of fried potatoes, 30 pounds of hog jowl, six gallons of turnip greens, eight large heads of cabbage, three large pans of cornbread, and an array of choice desserts, the meals were sold out in less than an hour. The only disappointment of the day was having to turn away folks because all the food was gone.

The huge success of the New Year’s Day meal and the new leadership under Post Commander Moreland has given the American Legion a burst of encouragement and enthusiasm heading into the new year.

“It’s an awesome start to the new year,” said Parker. “Here’s to you, 2022!”

Volunteer opportunities await in both the American Legion Post 6 and Post 6 Auxiliary, noted Parker, a longtime supporter and volunteer.

“Keep an eye out for future things coming from the American Legion Post 6 family,” noted Parker, as the American Legion meets the second Thursday of every month at 6 p.m.

The next meeting will be Feb. 10 with a pot luck meal at the Legion building on Tate Street.

“If anyone is interested in becoming a team member and in finding out what we are all about, come join us,” she said, as the mission of the Legion is to help veterans and their families.

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