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Poplar Choice: History made for American Legion electing first woman Post Commander

Star Staff Reports
The oldest American Legion Post in the state of Tennessee broke a 99-year tradition recently by electing a woman as Post Commander.
Lolita Poplar was unanimously elected on April 14th to serve as post commander for the 2018-2019 year.
Upon her election the Navy veteran had these words to say, “It is indeed an incredible honor to be elected to serve this organization with such a long and illustrious tradition that does so much to help our veterans.”
Poplar who is the founder and CEO of Poplar Christian Health Service, a Christian counseling wellness ministry in Memphis, is also the first African-American Post Commander of Post 1 Memphis.  She went on to explain her vision.
“I want to help as many veterans as possible with their health care needs, improve the relationships between the veteran and civilian communities.  I also want to build better race relations and I believe the American Legion can lead the way and set the example.” Poplar said.
Poplar has been a member of the American Legion since 2016. She will take over from Cmdr. Terry Adams who served as Post Commander for three years.  Both Adams and Poplar transferred from the Millington American Legion Post to revitalize Post 1 Memphis.

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