FROM THE DESK OF THE COMMANDER
Over the years, this Post has raised $462,000 for the Shrine Hospital System. An outstanding feat! There are several groups of people responsible, especially our Auxiliary Unit 618. These ladies and girls worked their tails off. The BEST AUXILIARY UNIT IN TEXAS!
All this would not be possible without the participation of our sponsors and donors:
Wiesner Auto- 23 years of donating an auto!
Millstead Auto- 16 years of donating an auto!
Mr. John Henderson with Coca Cola
Mr. Thomas Ewers with AAA Water Purification
Dave and Kristi Stark, Sue Hoskins, Gerald Stein, Mary Diaz, Wendy Ellen,
Jason Fletcher, Jerry and Sandra Renaud, B.J.Davis, Sons Squadron 618,
618 Jr. Girls, Phillip Cash, Scott Sutton, Roana Hyde, Karen Fulton,
SilverEagle Beer Distributors.
and so many more. We are proud of each and every one of you.
God Bless all of you!, the people who donate their time and money.
If you have ever been involved, hold your head high!!!
DID YOU KNOW?
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on services to veterans, service members, and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War l into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2 million in 13,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 Departments: one each for each of the 50 states, along with District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Phillipines.
SIGNIFICANT DATES IN LEGION HISTORY
March 15-17> Members of the American Expeditionary Force convene in Paris for the first American Legion caucus.
May 8-10> St. Louis Caucus. "The American Legion" is adopted as the organization's official name. The Legion's draft preamble and constitution are approved.
June 9> The National Executive Committee adopts the Legion emblem.
Sept. 16> Congress charters The American Legion
Nov. 10-12> First Legion convention convenes in Minneapolis The Constitution and preamble are adopted. Delegates vote 361-323 to locate the Legion's national headquarters in Indianapolis, instead of Washington. A resolution is passed in support of the Boy Scouts of America. Today, the Legion is the chartering agency for more than 1,700 Scouting units made up of approximately 64,000 youths.
Aug.9,1921- The Legion's efforts result in the creation of the U.S. Veteran's Bureau, forerunner of the Veteran's Administration. Today, the Legion continues to lobby for adequate funding to cover medical, disability, education, and other benefits for veterans.
June 15, 1923- The first 'Flag Code' is drafted during a Legion conference in Washington. Congress adopts the code in 1942. Today, the Legion is at the forefront of efforts to pass a constitutional amendment to protect the U.S. flag from physical desecration.
July 17, 1925- The Legion creates the American Legion Baseball program. Today, more than 50% of Major League baseball players are graduates of the program. About 82,000 youths play on Legion-sponsored teams each year.