Richard Giroux will be the grand marshal for the annual Twin Cities Veterans Council parade, which takes place in Biddeford and Saco on Monday, Nov. 11.
Giroux served in the U.S. Army for 20 years and retired as a staff sergeant.
His goal in enlisting was to become an Army bandsman and have the opportunity to travel to other countries and meet people all over the world.
William Bayliss finally got his Purple Heart – 24 years after he was wounded on Iwo Jima.
It came through the mail a few days ago. He was wounded on Iwo Jima in April 1945.
During World War II, Bayliss was with the 147th Infantry Regiment of the 37th Division, which was attached to the Third Marine Division at the time it went into Iwo Jima. Bayliss was an automatic rifleman.
The American Legion Post 5 (USS Tampa) membership has created a fantastic program called "American Flag History." Commander Bill Hamblin even wears a period costume as "Gen. George Washington" as he narrates the display of each of our nation's flags and their meaning and symbolism as they progressed through history, leading up to our current Old Glory. They enact proper display, folding, etiquette for saluting, and how to raise and lower the flag properly.
This program was presented to Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 246 on July 9 at Post 152 in Tampa.
Indianola, Neb., Post 344 won second place for a patriotic float for disabled veterans in the Old Settlers Parade, which is more than a century old.
Mitty Quigley, a long-time member of the Auxiliary, came up with the idea for the float after her husband hurt his foot. Her husband, Stanley, is a World War II veteran, and a Legion lifer.
"I guess that’s the reason I liked to have the float - because my husband couldn't walk ... I thought, 'Well, let's get a float and get him in the parade.'
"A few of the members are getting older and some have difficulty walking," she said.
Chaplain George Schmidt (left) of American Legion Post 110, Virginia Beach, Va., has earned recognition as Post Legionnaire of the Year for 2013. During the past year, Chaplain Schmidt has contributed many hours and driven many miles in support of military veterans and Legionnaires in need. He was presented with the "White Dogwood Pin" by Post Commander Bert Wendell Jr. (right) at Post 110's monthly meeting on Sept. 11, 2013.
Photo by: Doug Uhlmann, adjutant, Post 110.
Post 168 recently honored Marcel Chapuis for 70 years of Legion service at its installation of officers.
A native of Salinas, he was working as a machinist at the Mare Island shipyard when Pearl Harbor was attacked. After his discharge from the Army in 1944, he joined the Legion at the urging of his father-in-law, who was a Legion officer. After the family moved to Patterson, Chapuis became commander of the local post and served in the Patterson Police Reserves.
After leaving the DEC meeting in Lansing for the drive back home to Battle Creek, I stopped at Eaton/Greenawalt-Flaherty Post No. 42 in Charlotte to drop off "Request to Transfer to Local Post" and "Project Stay Alive" forms for their post, which were distributed to District Commanders earlier.
I thought it would save time and help the post process their transfers more rapidly. After removing my tie and sport coat, I entered the lounge, and asked the lounge manager to give the forms to the first vice commander.
Several members of the 15th District (Tampa area) accompanied the Department of Florida commander in attendance at the Monday, July 1 bill-signing at MacDill AFB by Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
The bill signed was “HB 1223: Deceptive & Unfair Trade Practices,” which authorizes a civil penalty for a person who willfully uses deceptive or unfair trade acts or practices against a military servicemember or servicemember’s spouse or dependent child in certain circumstances.
I am writing to tell you about what my post has started and been recognized for by Gen. Martin E Dempsey, 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
On July 28, 2012, we held a concert to benefit our wounded warriors. We had eight bands that performed from 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. We flew in a wounded warrior from the hospital at Fort Belvoir to be our guest of honor! We escorted him from the airport to the event with Patriot Guard riders, Legion Riders, Corvette Club, National Guard, city, town, county and state police departments, and we were able to donate $5,500 to NY Warrior Alliance.
The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Department of Idaho makes $10,500 donation to Camp Magical Moments Cancer Camp for Kids, Inc.
This year the Department of Idaho’s commander’s and president’s project was to raise money to send children with cancer to summer camp. They chose Camp Magical Moments in Swan Valley, Idaho, to be the recipient of this effort.
At the recent installation of officers for Post 731 at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Willis Forman was recognized for his 70 years of service to The American Legion. Post 731 also awarded an honorary lifetime membership to Forman.
Forman's association with the Legion began in the 1930s when his father, a post commander in Oregon, signed him up as a Sons of the American Legion member.
American Legion Post 110 of Virginia Beach, Va., held its installation ceremony for elected 2013-2014 post officers on July 10, 2013. Installing officer was 2nd District Commander Mike Bukowski, and acting sergeant-at-arms was 2nd District Adjutant Al Steward. In the photo (l to r) are Sergeant-at-Arms Terry Howard, Vice Commander Dan Ryan, Historian Brian Abbott, 2nd District Commander Mike Bukowski, Commander Bert Wendell Jr., 2nd District Adjutant Al Steward, Finance Officer Steve Sokolowski, Service Officer Doug Uhlmann and Chaplain George Schmidt.
American Legion Post 110 in Virginia Beach, Va., sponsored three delegates to Virginia Boys State, held June 16-22, 2013, at Radford University in Roanoke. At Post 110's meeting on July 10, two of the delegates - Jacob Nerab of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School and Daniel Vickers of Cape Henry Collegiate School - gave a report on their personal experiences at Boys State. The third delegatem Jackson Sheen of Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School, was unable to attend, but sent a written report which was read by Legionnaire Wendell Parker, Post 110's Boys State coordinator.
William J. Wyland, center, receives a plaque honoring him for his 68 years of service to Loretto (Pa.) Post 748. Wyland, a charter member, is flanked by Post Commander Kenneth Clark (left) and Post Chaplain Larry Hoover.
Dec. 7, 2012, was a beautiful day, a beautiful memorial, and a lot of beautiful people that made a dream come true.
As not to forgot anyone, I won't name them all, but I will say that day would not have happened without the help of two beautiful people - Mr. and Mrs. John Flaherty. God Bless them.
I'm so proud of the 10 Gately names on that memorial and all the veterans that gave their lives and others that put themselves in harm's way to keep this country free. I was very proud.
I'm also very proud of the Flahertys, who keep on giving and not asking for anything in return.
American Legion Post 42 congratulates Vancleave High School students
Merrissa Perry and Josh Martins for their achievements.
Perry of Vancleave won fourth place prize of $200, donated by Post 24 in the Department of Mississippi District 9 competition of the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program titled "A Constitution Speech Contest," which took place a few months ago in Hattiesburg, Miss.
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George Banas - a member of Post 43 in Naperville, Ill. - and his wife were trapped between Tangier, Morocco, and Madrid, Spain on 9/11/01. George relates this and other personal adventures and world events, from President Jimmy Carter's administration through George W. Bush's term in office, in his new multi-genre book, "Terrorists and the Terchova Treasure - In My Brother's Place."
In addition to the five-star ratings reviewers have given the book on Amazon.com, George was notified that Reader's Favorite, a book review firm in Ohio, has also awarded the book a five-star rating.
On June 6, 2013, the James E Coffey Post & Auxiliary Unit 3 presented scholarships to Allison Latham and Dakota Williams. Allison is the recipient of the unit scholarship and Dakota is the recipient of the post scholarship.
Allison is a 2013 graduate of Merrimack High School and will be inducted into the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., on June 27. She will major in mechanical engineering.
Dakota is a graduate of Alvirne High School (Hudson, N.H.).
Traveling 4,500 miles to present a medal has become the norm for a local military retiree. Col. Don Edmands Jr., U.S. Air Force (ret.), of American Legion Post 256 in Tellico Lake, has awarded medals to two Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) students at Bitburg High School, Germany.
The American Legion Scholastic Excellence Medal for scholastic and leadership excellence was presented to Cadet Chief Master Sergeant Denzyl Jackson, a sophomore calling Bitburg home. His father is Master Sergeant William Jackson (ret.).
Norman McLeod American Legion Post 26 hosted its annual Memorial Day service on May 27 in Plant City, Fla.
This year’s service included the posting of the colors by the Plant City High School JROTC, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Cub Scout Pack 5, speeches and a bagpipe performance.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a barbecue lunch and fellowship.