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Honors & Achievements

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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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Colonel uses his retirement ceremony to honor World War II veteran

Colonel uses his retirement ceremony to honor World War II veteran

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.

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Post 54 veteran John Heege selected as parade grand marshal

Post 54 veteran John Heege selected as parade grand marshal

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.

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National Veterans Assistance Day

National Veterans Assistance Day

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.

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Post 555 grateful to Home Depot

Post 555 grateful to Home Depot

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.

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Marine Corps museum to open new exhibits, including War on Terror gallery

Marine Corps museum to open new exhibits, including War on Terror gallery

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.

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Sons charter received

Sons charter received

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.

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Korean War veterans honored

Korean War veterans honored

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.

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Voorhees, N.J., Township Wall of Honor

Voorhees, N.J., Township Wall of Honor

I was recently honored for my Korean and Vietnam era service by the Township of Voorhees, N.J. I received a medal for my Air Force service (24 years), and my picture was posted on their Wall of Honor.

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Post honors all deceased local veterans, including those with unmarked graves

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.

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California post donates presidential document to James Monroe High School

California post donates presidential document to James Monroe High School

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.

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''Bud'' Cornock, World War II veteran, recognized by Navy Reserve

''Bud'' Cornock, World War II veteran, recognized by Navy Reserve

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.

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In Texas, one veteran dedicates life to painting fallen heroes

In Texas, one veteran dedicates life to painting fallen heroes

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.

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Center Street Elementary School awarded plaque for Veterans Day program

 Center Street Elementary School awarded plaque for Veterans Day program

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.

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Military bugler performs at 10,000th service

Military bugler performs at 10,000th service

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.

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Henry Repeating Arms honors veterans at Great American Outdoor Show

Henry Repeating Arms honors veterans at Great American Outdoor Show

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.

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Berlin salutes returning GIs

Berlin salutes returning GIs

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, tcimral@cox.net or t.cimral@aol.com. Tour dates are Sept. 27 to Oct. 4.

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Edison Park Post 541 (Chicago) TV interview

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.

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70 years of continuous Legion membership

70 years of continuous Legion membership

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.

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