A monument honoring veterans from five branches of service used to stand in Lake Placid, Fla. But when the town recently renovated its downtown, the monument Post 25 had donated back in 1985 no longer was an aesthetic fit. (A flag still stands downtown.)
The monument, made of five 6-foot concrete slabs, each approximately 250 pounds, representing the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, needed a new space. The town offered to give it back to the post.
"We couldn't see it just lay in the weeds and nobody using it," said Robert Moore, former post commander.
Ernest Guenst thinks up a new small memorial to honor veterans each year at Post 255 in Sellersville, Pa. This year's memorial has a unique element: shells fired over the graves of the fallen.
The simple memorial, with flags, a small white cross and symbols honoring the different branches, sits on a well-trafficked street, right in front of the post's flagpole.
"The people come by and admire it, and you even have people that have lost someone.
When high school classmates Rich Husman and Doug Prewitt asked retired art teacher Karol Holton to paint a mural for Post 125's meeting room in 2010, it was only six months after her husband Pat died from pancreatic cancer.
"That Merrill Legion group sent all of our sons to Boys State when they were juniors in high school," she said. They also sent one of her daughters to Girls State. She told them she would do it for free because they had done that for her kids.
"They got very involved with it," she said.
In February 2014, National Vice Commander Paul E. Dillard and Department of Florida State Commander Art Schwabe toured the National Naval Aviation Museum and the National Flight Academy onboard Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla.
A top tourist attraction in the state of Florida and the country, the National Naval Aviation Museum engages the public by preserving the history and heritage of naval aviation. Renowned for its one-of-a-kind historical aircraft and dioramic exhibits, the National Naval Aviation Museum brings history to life.
Vietnam veteran Wayne Sayer has traveled Idaho roads back and forth, up and down, and has thought a lot about what small towns can do.
He’s seen thoughtful veterans’ memorials, but in his community, near Kimberly, Idaho, there was nothing. Sayer said he thought of vets such as his father-in-law, who served in World War II, who "next to his family that’s probably the proudest thing he did was serve in the Army."
"I thought, 'Well, there ought to be something done here,'" Sayer said.
So he approached American Legion Post 76 and began laying the groundwork.
More than 150 people gathered at Post 748 in Loretto, Pa., for the dedication ceremony of the Loretto Area Veterans Memorial.
The project chairman for the memorial site was Larry Hoover, post chaplain. The Barlick Art Studio of Cresson, Pa., provided artistic design. Stephen Parks and Associates served as architects of the project.
At Post 184 in Hudson, N.Y., the parades were thinning out. Only two or three American Legion members were walking in the celebrations. Many veterans who wanted to show their patriotism and participate on Memorial Day, Flag Day and Veterans Day couldn't because of age or disability. Henry "Hank" Crouteau, Jr. was struck by an idea: a parade float with seating.
It was important to the post that its "classic" veterans, World War II, Korea and Vietnam vets, be able to participate in the city's patriotic affairs.
"They have no other means of being able to enjoy the occasion," Crouteau said.
Elmwood, Neb., American Legion Post 247 had a twofold dream: of preserving a Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) Hall and creating a museum to help preserve the military history of the hundreds of local veterans. A G.A.R. post with 16 charter members had been established here in 1882 and the hall built in 1886. It is now one of the four remaining G.A.R. halls in Nebraska from more than 100 at one time - making the preservation of the building important historically.
On Nov. 11, 2013, Veterans Day, a Purple Heart Wall was dedicated to thank our soldiers who gave their all and those soldiers wounded in service to this great nation. American Legion Memorial Garner-Grant Post 101 of Bushnell, Fla., welcomed the community to celebrate with them both the unveiling of the Purple Heart Wall and the 75th anniversary of being chartered by the national organization in 1938.
Commander Dennis Angelo, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, after community recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, asked Sgt. at Arms Dan Lanning, a veteran of the U.S.
Martin-Klein American Legion Post 133 and the Fort Kent Historical Society are joining forces to pursue a Veterans Museum & Community Center in downtown Fort Kent. The Northern Maine Veterans Museum & Community Center will be a community magnet open to the public to provide a place for veterans to congregate and share common experiences and interact with all generations; providing a living, breathing interactive education to young and old as to the true cost of freedom.
The Cecil D. Buchanan American Legion Museum in Greenville, S.C., houses lots of artifacts - videos of World War II and Korean War vets sharing their stories, rifles, disarmed grenades, cannons, a nearly 6,000-volume military library, even the medals of Major Rudolf Anderson, the only man killed by enemy fire during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Its collection represents every war America has fought from the Revolution to the Iraq War.
Buchanan, a Korean War veteran, the emeritus director at the American Legion Museum and now its namesake, can log them all.
I have been a Northeastern Unit 459 Poppy Chair & supporter for several years. My sister, Chris, knew this and one day sent me a email titled, Look Who's Wearing a Poppy?" It was a picture of Angelina Jolie (with Brad Pitt) wearing a poppy on her coat.
Upon further examination, I realized it wasn't an American Legion Poppy. I discovered it was a Royal British Legion Poppy.
I was amazed. England has Legions & poppies! I contacted the RBL and requested some of their poppies and I would send some of ours.