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.
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.
The Rockin' Roundup Band and Alpharetta Ga., American Legion Post 201 - in observance of National Veterans Assistance Day which is May 16 of every year - honored all veterans at our performance on May 16 and presented a special "Real American Hero Award" to our special veteran guest of honor.
The Rockin' Roundup Band was proud and honored to sponsor this award and show our respect for those who have served and protected our country in the Armed Forces. The Rockin' Roundup Band's co-founder, Stephen R.
After 75 years, it became painfully obvious that the cozy and beloved headquarters of Post 555 in Midway City, Orange County, Calif., was in need of a major makeover.
The kitchen, used weekly to feed its members and for frequent fundraisers like chili cook-offs and taco nights, was in bad shape and nearly unsafe. Restroom plumbing leaked. Air conditioning was nonexistent and old windows needed replacing.
Image courtesy of National Museum of the Marine Corps
From 2017 until 2020, the National Museum of the Marine Corps, located in Triangle, Va., will enter the final phase of construction to complete what was envisioned in its opening in 2006. Many new interactive galleries will open.
All dependent sons of military members who attended school in Europe - such as Nuremberg, Frankfurt and others to include the Asia-Pacific region - sons of active and retired veterans attending school in the USA, or older adults whose father or grandfather were veterans, are invited to join the Sons of The American Legion. Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership.
At the April 11 Awards and Appreciation Dinner, Post 41 recognized its members who served on active duty during the Korean War era. The Korean War is often referred to as the "Forgotten War," and the men and women who served were never properly recognized and thanked for their service and sacrifice. 21 of the 36 veterans who served during the war were able to attend the dinner. Each Korean War veteran was presented with a certificate and a commemorative coin.
The officers and men of Post 41 extend our sincere thank-you to our veterans and all veterans who served during this war.
In Marshall, Texas, Legionnaires from Post 878 are assuring every veteran receives honors at his grave. The post now will present any area cemetery interested with a plaque honoring all soldiers laid to rest there. So far, they have issued six memorial plaques, and have several requests to fill.
Though popular, programs to place flags at veterans' graves often missed unmarked headstones or those without military honors, resulting in upset cemetery patrons and loved ones of the deceased.
On Presidents Day, Legion Aircraft Post 581 donated a document signed by President James Monroe to a nearby high school named for him. It hangs in a prominent position in the school's assembly hall.
The document grants 160 acres of land in the Indiana Territory to a Revolutionary War veteran, and includes a printer's illustration of Monroe.
Legionnaire Gene Denney inherited his father's collection of historical artifacts. His father, inspired after meeting President Franklin Roosevelt, became a "fine collector" of presidential documents, Denney said, among them this land grant.
Warren "Bud" Cornock of Frank Wendland American Legion Post 253, Royal Oak, Mich., was recognized by the Navy Operational Support Center, Detroit, at the Naval Reserve Centennial Celebration at Selfridge ANG Base on March 3, 2015.
Bud is a World War II veteran who served on USS Fogg, DE-57, in the Atlantic on convoy duty. In December 1944, Fogg was torpedoed by a German U-boat, which resulted in the loss of the stern section of the ship. Fogg was towed back to the States, fitted with a new stern and returned to action.
Ken Pridgeon paints a portrait of a fallen servicemember. | Photo courtesy of Portrait of a Warrior
Ken Pridgeon wakes every day to work toward his goal: to paint portraits of each of the Texan men and women killed in action in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since he began in 2010, he has painted more than 150 fallen servicemembers. There are still more than 400 left.
The Portrait of a Warrior Memorial Gallery in Baytown, Texas, holds the completed paintings, and Pridgeon said about 100 people a week file in for tours.
Bentley Trumble American Legion Post 442 of Horseheads, N.Y., to Center Street Elementary School for its annual Veterans Day Recognition held at the request of the principal of the school. Each year they invite the veterans of Chemung County to participate in a parade in the school halls to demonstrate to the students and staff the contributions our veterans have made for the freedoms they have the privilege to enjoy.
Michael Joseph Jackson, military funeral honors bugler. plays Taps at the state of Rhode Island veterans cemetery in Exeter, Rhode Island or any other military funeral around state.
Jackson, who has just played his 10,000 funeral for veterans, gives of himself unselfishly, sometimes four times a day in rain, shine, sleet or snow. That's how he got the nickname Iron Mike aka Action Jackson.
I recently met Jackson through a mutual friend after attending a service for a military member.
Henry Repeating Arms presented Military Service Golden Boy Tribute rifles to six veterans, from World War II to Afghanistan, at the NRA Foundation Banquet and Auction at the Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa., on Feb. 12, 2015.
As lead sponsor of the event, Anthony Imperato, president of Henry Repeating Arms, chose to award local heroes of the community who’ve proven to go above and beyond the call of duty. “These men and their families sacrificed to protect this great country of ours, and we owe our freedom to them today,” Imperato said, choking back tears.
The Checkpoint Charlie Foundation, a nonprofit educational group in Berlin, Germany, welcomes returning Army and Air Force GIs who served in Berlin from 1945 to 1994. The Welcome Home To Berlin Tour is a weeklong, all-expense-paid (except airfare) opportunity to visit old haunts and those areas in the East we couldn't see.
If interested, please contact Col. (retired) Ted Cimral at (757) 229-3062, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tour dates are Sept. 27 to Oct. 4.
In 2006 Edison Park Post 541 of Chicago was interviewed on public television. The interview was done live and a copy was put on YouTube in three parts.
Part 1 -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBrL25UAmIw
Part 2 -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNUPDLtgrYk
Part 3 -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51afoKj3dGo
Members who served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam all participated by telling their stories of the service and also their service in The American Legion.
We currently use this video to introduce potential members to the post.
American Legion Post 150 in Frankenmuth, Mich., honored two members who have 70 years of continuous membership in The American Legion. Post Commander Larry Henry (center) presented Ralph List (left) and Wallace E. Weiss (right) with certificates. Both Legionnaires served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
On Nov. 15, the Grand Rapids American Legion Post 232 in Grand Rapids, Ohio, was the host of the seventh annual Doug McCabe Memorial Dance to benefit this year’s American Legion Charity, Operation Comfort Warriors.
The dance was sponsored by The Sons of the American Legion Post 232 and the Five O’clock Rush Band both of which Doug was a member of. The event that takes place every year around the Veterans Day holiday week and was attended by a sellout crowd.
The event raised over $10,458 for Operation Comfort Warriors of which 100 percent of the proceeds were donated.