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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The American Legion Boyce Aten Post 25 in El Centro, Calif., reached 120 percent membership for the year and it continues to strive toward a goal of 125 percent.
As post commander, I attribute this to several significant factors:
1. Post leaders and members reducing the discussion of post business - especially in the canteen.
2. Events, events and more events. As the amount of events have increased, members and new members have become more attracted to the events.
3. Simply asking people about membership.
By Orlando A. Garcia, Captain (Retired) US Army, ALR 47 President, Havre de Grace, Maryland
The morning of April 11 was brisk and sunny as American Legion Riders from Posts 22 (Towson), 47 (Havre de Grace), 128 (Aberdeen), 130 (Perry Hall), and 135 (Perryville), gathered at the Joseph L. Davis American Legion in the heart of downtown Havre de Grace.
These Riders (a group comprised of Legionnaires, SAL and Auxiliary members) have come together to ride to the Chapel of the Four Chaplains at the Philadelphia Navy Yard.
Zyk Post 272 in Butternut, Wisc., planned, organized, collected, packaged and mailed 41 troop care packages to Afghanistan and Cuba, in support of the Wisconsin National Guard Company 950 Engineers from Superior, Wisconsin.
In the photo are Commander Jerry Wegner, Auxiliary Past President Connie Wegner, current Auxiliary President Nancy Schultz and Auxiliary committee member Shari Brennan.
All Legion posts are invited to share supplies from home that will make life on deployment brighter. Lists of recommended supplies are available from troop commanders or chaplains.
I had been a member of American Legion Post 4 for about 12 years. In the fall of 2002 I was sitting in a regular Legion meeting, when I asked our commander if I could look through his Emblems Sales Catalog, he said yes.
I came across the Legion Riders Patch, I told a fellow vet setting next to me, I want one of these, we went to work on a chapter, the spring of 2003 on my birthday we were a bonafide Post 4 Pocatello, Idaho, American Legion Riders Chapter.
We had our ups and downs at first, I had a motorcycle ride in support of other groups.
American Legion Post 15 has just celebrated its 95th anniversary in beautiful and historic Dade City, Florida, this month. Post 15 was chartered on Feb. 20, 1920, and it is currently the oldest post in Pasco County and was the 15th American Legion post chartered in Florida. There was war memorabilia that was displayed during the event for the community to view also.
The American Legion Post 15 partnered with the local Dade City Kiwanis Club for fundraising during the anniversary celebration and they did a wonderful job with assisting Post 15 and serving their community.
Congratulations to all the high school students who participated in the Department of California Oratorical contest held at Historic Hollywood Post 43 on March 8. In attendance was Department Commander Janet Wilson (in light green jacket). A big thanks to Hollywood Post 43 Junior Past Commander David Gibson who is the Department Oratorical Chairman and others who made it happen.
For the past four years, veterans have been visiting the Ossining High School art rooms for a project called The Living History Veterans Project. This is a two-day project where students interview, share their artwork with the veterans, eat lunch together and photograph and scan images from the veterans' war experience. The students then have two weeks to create a piece of artwork visualizing the veterans stories.
On the second and final day, the veterans and their families as well as the students and their families, come together for a final presentation.
The Veterans Court in Palm Beach County, Florida, provides alternative programs to criminal sentencing, probation and diversion treatment for veterans who have become involved on the wrong side of the law.
The program is a separate division of the 15th Judicial Circuit, and has jurisdiction over felony and misdemeanor level crimes. The assigned judge, prosecutor, public defender and probation officer are all veterans, as are all the mentors.
The prosecutor and probation officer are members of Post 271 in Tequesta, and many of the mentors are also Legionnaires.
As originally submitted by Major Glenn P. Richard II in January 2015, edited by Citizen Airman magazine and published in Citizen Airman (February 2015):
from Staff Reports
Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs
1/28/2015 - Citizen Airman/Feb. 2015 -- The commander of a Colorado Air Force Reserve unit chose to use his retirement ceremony to secretly honor a World War II Army veteran for his service in Europe.
Everything appeared to be routine as a crowd gathered to say goodbye to Col. Steven T.
The Cherokee Co. Alabama American Legion Post 62 would like to share our Armed Forces Day event. Post 62 co-hosted a full day of events on May 16, to include a parade of vehicles, and BBQ cookout served under three large tents in an open field at McCords crossroads in a rural area of Cherokee County. Several hundred meals were prepared and served, and was free to all veterans.
The music video is titled "Their Country Called" and it can be viewed at the following YouTube link:
The song was written and performed by Todd Lincoln Richards, and the video work was done by Phoebe Carter.
Retired Senior Master Sgt. Bob Greene, American Legion Post 6 commander, gives some quick instructions to a group of volunteers on where to place U.S. flags at Memorial Cemetery in Grand Forks, N.D., on May 22, 2015. More than 200 base airmen and family volunteers observed this year’s Memorial Day by placing small flags over 32 acres of cemetery plots that serve as the final resting place for more than 1,000 U.S. servicemembers. The U.S. flags placed at Memorial Park Cemetery (by South Columbia Road) were provided by the Legionnaires. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luis Loza Gutierrez)
On Monday, May 25, 2015, American Legion Post 54 was the lead-off unit in the 141st Memorial Day Parade in Freehold, N.J. They provided an honor guard for a 21-gun salute as well as a color guard at the pre-parade ceremonies held at Elks Point in downtown Freehold. Post 54 World War II veteran/Sgt.-at-Arms member John Heege was the grand marshal for the parade.
On Monday, May 25, 2015, American Legion Post 54 was the lead-off unit in the 141st Memorial Day Parade in Freehold, N.J. They provided an honor guard for a 21-gun salute as well as a color guard at the pre-parade ceremonies held at Elks Point in downtown Freehold.