Nick Mezins Honored At American Legion Centennial Celebration

Nick hug.jpgNick Mezins receives a congratulatory hug Sunday afternoon from American Legion Cmdr. Linda Fox after he was presented with an award recognizing his 50 years of membership in the Legion. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.comIMG_0454.jpgReine Williams and Jim Hay enjoy the festivities Sunday afternoon at American Legion Post 90. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Linda cake.jpgAmerican Legion Post 90 Cmdr. Linda Fix gets ready to cut the Centennial Celebration cake Sunday afternoon. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

Diane Swan.jpgEnjoying the Centennial Celebration of the American Legion Sunday afternoon at Post 90 are, from left, Bill Cooper. Diane Swan and Leland Lehman. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

IMG_0453.jpgAmerican Legion State Distric 1 Cmdr. Dave Pineda and his wife, Dorothy from Espanola join Post 90 Sunday afternoon for their Centennial Celebration and recognition of 50-year American Legion member Nick Mezins. Photo by Maire O’Neill/

IMG_0448.jpgAmerican Legion Post 90 Cmdr. Linda Fox presents an award to Nikolajs “Nick” Mezins Sunday during the Legion’s Centennial Celebration recognizing his 50 years of “faithful and dedicated allegiance to the ideals of the American Legion”. The award is signed by National Cmdr. Brett P. Reistad, National Adjutant Daniel S. Wheeler and Fox. Mezins was born in Riga, Latvia in 1936 and moved to the United States in 1950 where he started high school. He graduated from  City College New York in 1959 with a degree in Electrical Engineering (Power) and a RA Commission. He spent 11 years on active duty in the U.S. Army, to include three years in Vietnam. He received his Master of Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh in 1973 while working for a coal mining company in Western Pennsylvania. He was hired by the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1974 and worked there as an engineer and section leader until retiring in 1993.  He also retired from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel of Engineers. Photo by Maire O’Neill/