it's dangerous cutting out active duty forces especially when there is so much talent in the armed forces. I remember this happening after other conflicts, and it usually has a negative impact on training and force multiplier capability.
Over 200 members of The American Legion family hold the American flag before the start of the Colts vs. Bengals game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday, October 19, 2014. Photos by Lucas Carter/The American Legion.
People gathered from all over the country to attend the first Freedom Fest, organized by American Legion Fort Kent, Maine Post 133. The festival, which included 10 bands, also featured Maine's First Lady Ann LePage and SSG Travis Mills parachuting with the All Veteran Parachute Team into the event. LePage is known through her state as a true friend of veterans. SSG Mills is retired from the Army 82nd Airborne division. Mills lost his arms and legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan in April of 2010, and was the first quadriplegic survivor of the Afghanistan War.
Hundreds of people gathered at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in downtown Indianapolis on May 23 for the 500 Festival Memorial Service, including American Legion National Commander Daniel M. Dellinger and National Adjutant Daniel Wheeler, who was co-master of ceremonies. Photos by Lucas Carter / The American Legion.
The 69th Anniversary Commemoration of the Iwo Jima Flag Raising at the Matthew B. Juan and Ira H. Hayes Veterans Memorial Park in Sacaton, Ariz. on Saturday, February 22, 2014. Every year, the parade continues to grow. Photos by Lucas Carter / The American Legion
Legionnaires gather in Springfield, Ill., to celebrate the 80th Annual Pilgrimage to Lincoln's Tomb. The yearly event celebrates the life of the 16th president of the United States with a tour of the Abraham Lincoln Museum and wreath-laying ceremonies. Photos by Lucas Carter / The American Legion.