“The reason I became an American Legion member is because they support and promote the education of veterans (who) want to continue to go to school. The American Legion will do whatever it can to support veterans.”
“The Legion is only as strong as the people involved in it. I’ve never met anyone in the Legion who doesn’t have the best interest of the veteran in mind. The American Legion does more to help our nation’s veterans than any organization that I can think of.”
“The Legion is our opportunity to maintain that presence in the community to remind everyone of who served before and those who serve today. It’s a way to bring us all together in a shared experience.”
Thirty-eight years after they lost their lives in what is regarded as the last battle of the Vietnam War, 13 U.S. servicemembers came home in May. Fragments of their remains were laid to rest together, in one casket, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Post 24’s membership was stuck at about 500 and idling. Then, as the post-9/11 generation of veterans began to discover it, the historic American Legion post was transformed, adding more than 250 new members, mostly those who have served in the global war on terrorism. The key to the post’s growth and success, say Legionnaires of eras going back to World War II, is that the young members were not forced to wait long to lead.