Happy Birthday American Legion!

I am a day late and a dollar short on recognizing our American Legion 100th anniversary. I pulled this up out of archives to make sure I got the details straight.
The American Legion, is an organization of U.S. war veterans headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. It is made up of state, U.S. territory, and overseas departments, and these are in turn made up of local posts. The organization was formed on March 15, 1919, in Paris, France, by a thousand officers and men of the American Expeditionary Forces (A. E. F.) , and it was chartered on September 16, 1919, by the United States Congress.

The Legion played the leading role in the drafting and passing of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the “G.I. Bill.” In addition to organizing commemorative events, members provide assistance at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals and clinics. It is active in issue-oriented U.S. politics. Its primary political activity is lobbying on behalf of interests of veterans and service members, including support for benefits such as pensions and the Veterans Health Administration. It has also historically promoted Americanism, individual obligation to the community, state, and nation; peace and good will. On a personal note I have been inquiring about testing for my hearing. Having never engaged with the VA I was stunned that it came so quickly. I am impressed!

You know the new raffle tickets have come out and are available around our usual outlets. Although no one local won it raised much needed money for the Post which, in turn, serves the community. 100 Anniversary American Legion coins are still available. Also, the Sons of American Legion will be looking at an opportunity for a local tour in the facilities of our local Hominy heroes. We are working on an extensive tour of both our outstanding first responder Fire Department and our Thin Blue Line Police Department. Apparently, this will happen on a Monday when school is out early October. They are very excited, and they need to share these opportunities with other boys at school who had/have parents or grandparents that are veterans.

Don’t forget our regular meetings continue the first and third Thursdays of the month. October 3rd will be the next one. Sons of American Legion will meet at 5:00 PM, Dinner at 6:00 PM and Legion at 7:00 PM. Monday morning Koffee Klatch 8:00 AM meetings in October are still scheduled for biscuits and gravy and always a cup of Joe (coffee to the civilians). Just watch the weather, it is the only factor that my change that or if Chef Sebert needs a break. If you drive by and no one is there head downtown where there is a great breakfast place. If you are a veteran come on by. If you have a good story it may end up in print. Also keep up with us at website “americanlegion142.org”.

About Gary Lanham

Authors the weekly article "News from the Hut", about local American Legion Post #142 in Hominy, OK. Read his weekly articles in the "Hominy News Progress".
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