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.
The youngest generation of veterans are reaching out and standing up at American Legion Post 436 in Jourdanton, Texas. Isaias and Theresea Cruz, a married dual-military retired couple, are taking charge and leading the movement. With Legion elections right around the corner, they are looking to take over with the assistance of the Vietnam War veterans who have been running the facility for the past decade. Together we can create a partnership of young and old and take The American Legion into the next decade stronger than ever.
As the population ages and the Greatest Generation dwindles in numbers, more veterans find themselves in retirement communities and nursing homes. In Cushing, Okla., Post 108 realized this, and implemented a program honors veterans who might otherwise go unnoticed. Since 2008, the Payne County Forgotten Warriors has brought gifts, help and recognition to veterans in local assisted living facilities.
"Quite a number of these veterans don't have any family close to them or at all," said Bobby Bryant, Legionnaire and program coordinator.
The Winona American Legion Riders (ALR) happily announced the 2014 Rider of the Year. The person nominated for this honor is a Rider who shows dedication not only to the Riders, but to their community through their own trials and triumphs in life. For 2014, David “Bronco” Bronk was named the Rider of the Year. David is a dedicated rider who attends many ALR, veteran and community events. He rides throughout southeast Minnesota with the ALR, Patriot Guard and HOGs, typically with his wife as passenger. Please join us in congratulating David on this honor!
At a ceremony during the post general membership December meeting, George Lizanich, a member of Joseph J Jacubic Post 572 in Parma, Ohio, was given the honor of becoming a “Knight of The National Order of Legion of Honour” by the French Consulate for his actions to liberate France while serving in the 66th Division in northern France from December 1944 to May 1945.
The French Legion of Honor is an order of distinction first established by Napoleon Bonaparte in May 1802. It is the highest decoration bestowed in France.
December 1944. The Ardennes region of Belgium, France and Luxembourg. The horrid, frigid weather had never been colder. Desperate men, face to face, killing to stay alive. The Battle of the Bulge. Yet when the sun finally shone in January, the Allies began rolling the Germans eastward, winning the war at the Western Front.
In what many historians have called the bloodiest European theater combat of World War II, the Battle of the Bulge began Dec. 16, 1944, and officially ended Jan. 25, 1945. Approximately 500,000 Germans, 600,000 Americans and 55,000 British engaged in the fighting.
Photo courtesy of Linda Jacobs | Commander Roger Jacobs of American Legion Post 537 Morgantown, Alexander Hummel, Rep. Mark Gillen and George Svencer of the post's Legion Riders stand following the ceremony honoring Alexander's work done on behalf of combat-injured veterans.
Alexander Hummel, an 11-year-old boy, received a U.S. Congressional Citation for the work he has done for the nation's combat wounded through non-profit Keystone Iron Warriors. He was also honored with a ceremony on Oct. 7 at Post 537 in Morgantown, Pa.
Photos of Omaha Beach courtesy of John McWilliams
For veterans who served on D-Day at the beaches of Normandy, France, sand taken from Omaha and Utah Beach is available as a thank you.
Pastor John McWilliams and his wife were preparing for a trip to Europe to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary. Though his ministry has taken him all over the globe, he hadn't made it to Normandy, France.
Joan De Munbrun, a Legionnaire with the Charles W. Turner Post 867 at the Chula Vista Veterans Home in California’s District 22, received reassignment from the Eternal Commander-in-Chief to Post Everlasting on Sunday, Nov. 2. She was 101 years old.
Comrade Legionnaires in the 22nd District will long remember De Munbrun for her 67 years of active membership in The American Legion and for her never-failing dedication and commitment on behalf of her fellow veterans. De Munbrun attained the rank of Army Sergeant, high for women in the military services at the time.
McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst resident Delisa Sliker was recognized as Ms. New Jersey Veteran at the conclusion of a series of four New Jersey Resource and Opportunity Fairs held throughout the state.
Chief Petty Officer Sliker retired from her service with the United States Naval Reserve in September 2011 as an Intelligence Specialist. Sliker was an active-duty military member from November 1986 until March 1997, where she was a Machinery Repairman (MR) on USS Yosemite (AD-19), SIMA Little Creek, and the PreCom of USS Bataan (LHD-5).
Williamstown resident Jason Montgomery was recognized as “Mr. New Jersey Veteran” at the conclusion of a series of four New Jersey Resource and Opportunity Fairs held throughout the state.
SSG Jason Montgomery was an active-duty Army member from March 2004 until October 2011. The soldier held multiple positions during his military tenure, including Human Resource Information Systems Specialist at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he was assigned to the 18th Personal Support Battalion to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Moina Michael, the Poppy Lady, devoted her life to those in the service and to veterans. It is appropriate that she was honored by Georgia Women of Achievement, though in life she sought no recognition or reward for herself.
Please watch the video and see the interview with the veteran who was inspired by Moina Michael, and who inspired his daughter to write a book about her and donate the proceeds to families of veterans.
Adam Quinn was born on June 6, 1985, and was a Junior Reserve Officer Training Candidate while attending Deland High School in Florida. Upon graduation, Adam enlisted in the Army and served with the 82nd Airborne Division, which deployed to Forward Operating Base “Phoenix” in Afghanistan. A roadside bomb detonated near his vehicle, and Specialist Quinn lost his life on Oct. 6, 2007. He was posthumously promoted to sergeant, and awarded the United States Army Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart Enduring Freedom Medal.
During the rededication ceremony on Oct.
On Aug. 17, 2014, Boy Scouts of America Troop 417 of Red Bluff, Calif., held a Court of Honor for Gabriel Abramo Satori, who was advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout. During the ceremony, Frank Scotella, second vice from American Legion Post 45 in Corning, Calif., presented Gabriel with the American Legion Certificate of Recognition for making Eagle Scout. Brig. Gen. (retired) Michael LePeilbet presented Gabriel with the U.S. Army Youth Certificate of Recognition issued by the U.S. Army Recruiting Station in Sacramento, Calif.
Pictured from left to right are LePeilbet, Sartori and Scotella.
Having spent most of his tender years from the age of 6 through 18 at St. Joseph's and St. Michael's School for Boys in Scranton and Hoban Heights, Pa., who would have thought that Frank Augustine would go on to live such a rich and full life?
Augustine has had a stellar year of recognition for his lifetime achievements and service to his community and his country that he accepted with calm, grace and humility. He was given a proclamation by Dawn Zimmer, mayor of Hoboken, presented with a Senate Resolution by N.J. Sen.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Nicholas Wilson, 509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs, Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri)
Matthews-Crawford Post 131 in Warrensburg, Missouri, recently honored three post members who reached the 70-year membership milestone with The American Legion. At the post's membership luncheon on Sept. 20, 2014, they were honored as over 140 Legion Family members and local dignitaries attended the event.
The three 70-year members were Howard E. Chappell, John W. Marr and James S. Whitfield.