American Legion Post 46 Cmdr. John Kiesman (left) watches as the winning ticket is drawn by post member Oscar Comer, 101, as finance officer Robert McLellan and Nathaniel "Buddy" Nicholas watch. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)

CONWAY – American Legion Post 46 of Tasker Hill Road in Conway held a raffle drawing last Saturday to help support its upcoming presentation of the “Wall That Heals,” the replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memoriald to be displayed at the post, Aug. 8-11.

A total of 180 tickets were sold at $100 each, according to Post Adjutant  Nathaniel “Buddy” Nicholas, Post Cmdr. John Kiesman, Finance Officer Robert McLellan and Senior Vice Cmdr. Ken McGovern.

On hand to do the drawing was World War II Army veteran Oscar Comer, 101, of Conway.

Winner of the top $5,000 prize was Dr. James L. Glazer of North Conway. Taking second place and $3,000 was Lee Haines of Standish, Maine. Winner of the third-place drawing of $2,000 was Richard Young of New York.

Legion member Jake Leiper won a runner-up prize of $200 worth of New Hampshire Lottery scratch-off tickets.

Proceeds will help Post 46 in its efforts to host the display of “The Wall That Heals” when it vists the Legion next month.

A volunteer meeting will be held Sunday, July 14, from 1-3 p.m. at the post, to which all interested helpers are invited. Light refreshments will be served.

Nicholas said a motorcycle escort will be furnished to the Wall that Heals when it travels from Ossipee to Conway on flatbed Aug. 6. Laconia Harley-Davidson and the Legion Riders of Rochester are coordinating that effort.

“We welcome general riders to join that ride. They should be at the Ossipee Hannaford’s by 3 p.m.,then head out by 3:45 p.m. for the slow ride to Post 46 in Conway,” Nicholas said.

Volunteers are also being sought to help set up the exhibit. Post 46 will provide a barbecue for all helpers that evening.

The exhibit will be open 24 hours a day and free to the public.

Nearly 400,000 people visited an all-new The Wall That Heals exhibit in 2018.

For more information, call Nicholas at (603) 662-2320 or email him at nnicholas1299@gmail.com or call Post 46 at (603) 447-3927.

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