The history of The American Legion and its importance to community, state and nation was highlighted in a recent airing of "Our Town. Unfiltered," out of Estes Park, Colo. The documentary spotlighted Joseph J. Duncan Jr. American Legion Post 119.
Throughout the 17-minute episode, Post 119 Commander Terry Rizzuti, Post Adjutant Richard Erbe and members of the Sons of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary shared what The American Legion is about, how the Legion Family serves veterans and its community members of Estes Park, and Post 119's history of leadership and service since it was chartered in 1920.
"I think it's important to serve than to be served. Help the veterans, help their families, help the community, help the state, help the country," said Rizzuti, who shared about his service as a Marine in Vietnam, what it was like coming back from war, and joining The American Legion.
Through stories shared, events held and Post 119's walls of history, journalists and "Our Town. Unfiltered" Producer Claire Mollé captured how Legion Family members in the town that sits alongside the Rocky Mountains continues to focus on serving veterans, their families and the community.
"Post 119 is a place where so many vets have found relief, both in being helped and in helping others," Mollé said. "It's a place where veterans can be heard. It's a community within a community. And it's a crucial part of our town, Estes Park."