During the May 2 meeting of Cazenovia American Legion Post 88, Robert McKinnon was awarded with the 50-year American Legion Membership Certificate for his half-century of dedication to the veteran's organization.
McKinnon was presented the certificate by Post 88 Adjutant Richard Benner, Commander John Mott and Vice Commander Joseph Barilla.
"Bob has served his country and community as an outstanding citizen," said Mott. "We are proud to have him with us, as a friend and comrade, in the Cazenovia American Legion Post 88."
After serving in the U. S. Army from 1952 to 1954, during the Korean War era; McKinnon joined the American Legion in 1960, through the Camden Post 66, and went on to serve as its Commander.
Robert currently resides in Nelson with his wife Kathy. He was the owner operator of MacKinnon Liquors in Cazenovia. He included the "a" in Mackinnon while naming his store to honor his relatives, who were stripped of it upon their arrival at Ellis Island. He ran the business from 1982 to 1998.
Prior to those years, he obtained a master's degree from the University of Illinois. McKinnon then pursued a career in physical education and guidance counseling in various educational institutions such as the Camden Central School District and SUNY Morrisville College.
Cazenovia American Legion Post 88 is located at 26 Chenango St. and holds regular meetings the first Monday evening of each month. For more information, contact 420-4329.