PALMETTO -- Central Area Cmdr. Eunice Butts headlined the recent Veterans Celebration at St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church.
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LaKay Fayson, chairwoman of the 2015 Veterans Celebration and recruitment coordinator, One Church One Child of Florida, said Butts was chosen the first African-American female serving as Department of Florida Central Area Commander in Pasco, Polk, Pinellas, Hernando and Hillsborough counties, which includes 47 American Legion posts and 22,000 veterans.
Butts is a 25-year plus veteran and a 30-year member of the American Legion Department of Florida on the national level, a member of the 114th Legislative Committee, and also served as a member on the Veterans Rehabilitative Committee.
Co-Chairman John Cotton, a Purple Heart recipient, was also at the event.