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Fundraising concert for Post 434, Nixa, Mo.

Fundraising concert for Post 434, Nixa, Mo.

A fundraising concert for the Nixa American Legion Post 434 was held recently. Some area businesses got together and put on a concert to raise money for the Nixa post. It was a great time and the post received some great exposure in the community. The public got a chance to mingle with the Legion members. It seems a lot of the public doesn't know what the Legion is all about but I think this helped get the word out.

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Civil War veteran gets headstone 92 years after his death

Civil War veteran gets headstone 92 years after his death

The grave of Civil War veteran Francis Henry Lee Barnacassel finally got a headstone 92 years after his death, thanks to Sons of the American Legion (SAL). A Civil War Veteran Monument Dedication was conducted last Friday at Waldheim Cemetery near Callaway. At the Callaway Christmas Celebration, Keri Chesley approached the Sons informing them about Barnacassel’s grave which had no headstone, only a mortuary marker and an incorrect Grand Army of the Republic marker. He fought on the Confederate side of the war. Chesley asked if SAL would consider putting a headstone on his grave.

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Louisiana American Legion Post 69 hosts WWII Tribute Tour

Louisiana American Legion Post 69 hosts WWII Tribute Tour

American Legion Post 69 has recently hosted their second World War II Tribute Tour. The inaugural WW II Tribute Tour was sponsored in November 2014 by American Legion Post 69 Daniel J. Bentley, commander. The second tour, April 2015, was sponsored by a local Iberia Bank. Assembling at daybreak at the post home, World War II veterans and their chaperones gathered for coffee and donuts before boarding the chartered bus for their destination: The National D-Day museum in New Orleans. They were accompanied by a younger generation of veterans, who served as their chaperones.

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Manuel L. Quezon Post 603 installs new officers

Manuel L. Quezon Post 603 installs new officers

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/lifestyle/20150624/vallejo-ae-source-always-something-to-celebrate Vallejo A&E Source: Always Something To Celebrate From left, the 2015-2016 officers include: Asst. Sergeant at Arms Manuel Acebedo, Sgt. at Arms Joselito Lagman, Historian Nestor Aliga, Member Erlando Yambao, Commander Lee Horton, 2nd Vice Cmdr Robert Asercion, Finance Officer Phillip Johnson, 1st Vice Cmdr. Ken Spingola, Chaplain Paul del Rosario, Adjutant Jimmy Jianoran and Service officer Warlito Moises. Not pictured are members Eli Cabugao, Deitdre Holtz and Larry Trusclair.

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Civilian's quest for knowledge about secret plane crash leads to Cold War memorial

Civilian's quest for knowledge about secret plane crash leads to Cold War memorial

Photo courtesy of Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial Facebook page | Relatives of the Air Force servicemembers and scientists who died in the USAF 9068 plane crash lower a flag into a vault at the Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial on Mt. Charleston outside Las Vegas. The nation's first memorial devoted solely to the "silent heroes" of the Cold War, including veterans and intelligence agents, was dedicated May 29 on Mt.

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Coast Guard could be first branch to have 'dedicated list' of Purple Heart recipients

Coast Guard could be first branch to have 'dedicated list' of Purple Heart recipients

Photo courtesy of the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor When Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Aviles visited the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in 2010, he quickly searched the database for members of his branch of service - the Coast Guard. After many searches, he could only find one name, Nathan Breckenthal, a Gulf War veteran.

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Legionnaire restores garden benches for wounded veterans

Legionnaire restores garden benches for wounded veterans

Photo courtesy of Cutler family | A flag rests on a restored bench to be given to a wounded veteran. When Legionnaire Ed Cutler heard about a veteran returning from war after losing both legs, he wondered what he could do. The man, Greg Caron, had received a house from Building Homes for Heroes. Cutler realized he had a bench he'd repaired that might be a nice housewarming gift and small thank you. Since then, he's given away dozens of benches to wounded veterans. He said he intended to give them to servicemembers returning from Afghanistan and Iraq.

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Legion helps honor forgotten hero at Biloxi National Cemetery

A "Forgotten Hero Service" was held Friday, June 5, at Biloxi National Cemetery for a veteran with no known relatives. As a member of The American Legion, Sons of The American Legion and Patriot Guard, this funeral was different than the several forgotten hero services that I have attended this past year. Present were the normally assembled active-duty personnel, Patriot Guard and Legion members but a full complement of the Keesler Honor Guard was also present. This time there was a six-member flag barrier honor guard that also performed a rifle salute and a bugler played taps.

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Years later, son unearths WWII history that father kept silent

When I was young, my dad, Dugan Swindle, named his dog "Gouvy." I asked him why that name. He told me that it was the name of a town in Belgium he was in during World War II. My dad had been in the 89th Quartermaster Railhead Company. I presumed railhead meant close to the front line - issuing rations, ammo and so on. When I was older, he said they were surrounded in this town. He wouldn't say anything more. He passed away at age 62. Later, I Googled "89th Quartermaster." Now I know what happened there but not what my dad went through personally.

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My U.S. flag: Holding Old Glory

My U.S. flag: Holding Old Glory

I was sergeant of the guard in the Color Guard. I was holding Old Glory! Semper Fidelis

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My U.S. Flag: Showing pride from Illinois

My U.S. Flag: Showing pride from Illinois

Trimmed a few overhanging branches off of my tree by the road so I can display the United States Ensign along with the U.S. Navy Flag. The weight at the bottom is an old window weight from the wooden windows of days gone by.

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My U.S. Flag: Showing the colors

My U.S. Flag: Showing the colors

I erected this flagpole and The Colors Veterans Day 2013. The backdrop is always beautiful but sometimes borders on spectacular. The day this photo was taken, God's Glory shown forth in the firmament of the heavens. One of the locals just had to ham it up.

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American Legion Post 6

American Legion Post 6

Bob Greene, American Legion Post 6 commander watches as Staff Sgt. Shane Holland, 319th Civil Engineer Squadron fire fighter and Master Sgt. Brian Williams, 319th CES assistant fire chief of operations load into a car hundreds of soda can pull tabs collected at the 319th CES Fire Department June 2, 2015 on Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., while All of the tabs collected are used to create donation funds for the Ronald McDonald House in Bismarck, N.D. (U.S.

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Past Post 154 commander is parade grand marshal

Past Post 154 commander is parade grand marshal

Post 154, Nappanee, Ind.: Veteran Robert (Bob) Heckathorn, past post commander, was selected as 4th of July parade grand marshal (2015) in Nappanee.

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Clopper-Michael Post 10 Veteran's Mural and Memorial

Clopper-Michael Post 10 Veteran's Mural and Memorial

Clopper-Michael Post 10, Boonsboro, of Md., recently installed a veteran's memorial mural to its social room to honor all veterans for their service and sacrifice.

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Ohio Post 572 receives Gifts for the Yanks awards

Ohio Post 572 receives Gifts for the Yanks awards

Current Ohio 13th District Commander Tim Leahy and incoming Commander Richard Wright made an award presentation to Commander Tony Kessler of Joseph J. Jacubic Post 572 in Parma, Ohio. The post has consistently over the years been one of the top two posts in the state with donations to Gifts for the Yanks. This year they received second-top honors from Department and three awards from the district, including the largest percentage of goal and largest contributions of posts with 300-499 members.

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Gone but never forgotten

Gone but never forgotten

To show support for our troops during the Vietnam War, we wore a bracelet bearing the name of a POW or MIA soldier. The bracelet allowed us to show our support for the troops. Even if we didn't know the person whose name appeared on the bracelet, it was a way for us to keep alive the memory. My wife, who was an elementary school teacher, sent for a bracelet. She received one with the name Lt. John Ryder, MIA, 6/9/70. She knew little about John Ryder until one day in 1990, when she went to a traveling display of the Vietnam Memorial.

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Old Glory is presented by Oro Valley Post 132 to students

Old Glory is presented by Oro Valley Post 132 to students

Arizona's Oro Valley Post 132 Color Guard presents the colors to Wilson K-8 students in Oro Valley, Ariz., on Veterans Day. Post 132's Color Guard is a popular face of the unit in the Tucson region performing 20 to 24 times a year including at various venues such as the Four Chaplains ceremony, Homeless Vet Stand Downs, sporting events, Veterans and Memorial Day and supplying a firing party for post members. It is the only Legion Color Guard in Southern Arizona.

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Sunset Beach Cape May New Jersey Flag Ceremony

Marvin Hume, a World War II veteran, recently passed at 94 after flying veterans casket flags for 40 years at his flag pole on the beach at the tip of New Jersey. His family is continuing his ceremony every day from Memorial Day (when his flag is flown) to Labor Day. Marvin, a dear friend of mine, has left quite a legacy regarding his desire to make everyone aware of giving respect to this country, the flag and those who made the supreme sacrifice. Marvin was a member of Cape May American Legion Post 193.

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New Mexico Boys State 2015

New Mexico Boys State 2015

I just spent a week with the future leaders of New Mexico, and perhaps the United States. I was a counselor at New Mexico Boys State which is one of the premier programs of The American Legion, and is not widely recognized as perhaps the most outstanding program run by the Legion. Many members are unaware of the significance of this program.

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Legion Riders Post 96 13th annual Freedom Ride

Legion Riders Post 96 13th annual Freedom Ride

ALR Post 96, Morgan City, LA "Atchafalaya" chapter held its 13 Annual Freedom Ride and 1st Annual Freedom Fest on May 24th along Lake Palourde in Morgan City, LA. Joined by local mayors at each stop, the Legion Riders placed wreaths at a Blue Star Location, with speeches given about the true spirit of Memorial Day. The Chairman of the Chitimacha Tribal Council, John Paul Darden, gave his speech in the Chitimacha language. The rides are in memory of Rowe Rosson, who conceived the event 13 years ago after observing one individual placing wreaths at memorial sites in the area.

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One family's gives six-star WWII service

Six of the Allen men left their home in small-town Minnesota to fight in World War II. Their father would hang a six-star banner in the window until they all returned home in 1945. Jim Allen, his grandson, said the red around the edges of the banner has faded. “But the blue stars are still as bright as ever,” he said. The banner has been passed around the family for decades, and for now it’s Jim’s. Jim served in the Army from 1961 to 1964, stateside and in Beirut, Germany. His father, Archie Allen, served in the Army from 1941 to 1945 in Naples, Italy, he said.

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Larry Dandridge Volunteer Work at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC

Larry Dandridge Volunteer Work at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center in Charleston, SC

Larry Dandridge is an American Legion member in Charleston, SC. He is a 100% disabled Vietnam era wounded warrior, retired Army LTC and aviator and the founder, chief operating manager, editor, and senior writer with Tigers, Vikings, and Vipers Publishing, LLC. He is an accomplished motivational speaker and writer. His leadership, aerospace, business, and logistics articles have been published in over 24 magazines, journals, and newspapers and two books in the US, Germany, and Britain.

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My Family Tradition

My Family Tradition

This is a newspaper clipping about my father, Oliver Hackwith and his brothers. He lied about his age and joined the Army in 1930 at 17. He started in the infantry, then went to the cavalry and the to the Air Corps just before World War II started. During the war he served as a ball turret gunner on a B-17. He was awarded five air medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross. During the time of the Korean War he was assigned to a B-36 crew but never deployed. He finished his career in weather reconnaissance, on modified B-29s. I joined the Army in 1964 and served four years as a tank crewman.

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Local American Legion renovation is receiving help from Air Force volunteers...

Local American Legion renovation is receiving help from Air Force volunteers...

The following may be a story of interest for your publication… The building, American Legion Post 62, was built in 1925 and is an historic landmark in the small town of South Pittsburg, TN. This grand building has been used as a processing and departure point for WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans. The building has also been used as a school house, community center and various other events such as reunions, weddings, dance classes, Girl Scout/Brownie meetings. Over the years and for various reasons this historic landmark fell into severe disrepair.

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Four Womack children in Desert Storm

Four Womack children in Desert Storm

This is a story about five out of seven children who went through the military. Two of them went through ROTC in college, and another one joined the National Guard and paid for her education. Another one joined the National Guard and stayed for eight years. The older son went into West Point and got his education. One has retired at colonel, another two retired at lieutenant colonel and another daughter is still in the National Guard as a master sergeant. Four of them have a combined 130 years of Army and National Guard.

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Shadow box

Shadow box

My dad was a BM2 in the Navy stationed in Pearl Harbor when World War II ended in August 1945. He was on the aircraft carrier USS Corregidor, CVE58, part of Carrier Division 24. During his time in the service he accumulated many small items which he kept in a cigar box in his Navy bag. The things he collected were novelties such as 5-cent tickets good at the USO club in Honolulu, various pictures of the chaos in downtown Honolulu after the war ended, chevrons with different ranks on them, ribbons with battle stars on them, tobacco ration coupons and liberty passes.

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Local veteran's flag display honors troops for 15th year

Local veteran's flag display honors troops for 15th year

SOUTH BELOIT (WIFR) -- As Americans we have many freedoms. On days like today we have the privilege of honoring the people who fought to protect those freedoms. 23 News reporter, Eric O’Brien brings us a local veteran who is helping people do just that. "I hope more people will actually remember to thank a vet today!" Arnold Potter says. Potter moved to this South Beloit home over 15 years ago after multiple years of service with the Air Force and Army. The flag has a special meaning to him. "The red is for the blood that's been shed.

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Cloverdale, Ind., Boy Scouts perform flag retirement ceremony

Cloverdale, Ind., Boy Scouts perform flag retirement ceremony

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the 71st anniversary of D-Day, Cloverdale Boy Scout Troop 93 and Venture Crew 93 performed a flag retirement ceremony. The ceremony was hosted by Cloverdale American Legion Post 281. Over 100 flags were retired. The U.S. Flag Code states: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

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All-woman Auxiliary Color Guard

All-woman Auxiliary Color Guard

This group of dedicated Auxiliary Legion Auxiliary Jackie Robinson Unit 252 members are serving on their Unit Color Guard that has been strong for over 30 years. There are three original members of the current 12-member group. This unit has won many awards throughout the years, continues participating in many parades, civic ceremonies and Legion Family installations. We are proud to support veterans through serving as an example of true patriotism to all men and women in our military.

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