Veterans Banner displayed through downtown Albany, Indiana
Over a lifetime some years are better than others, and sometimes a particular year is especially bad. 1969 was one of those bad years for me, as my childhood friend and fellow Marine Lee Roy Herron was killed in Vietnam, and I almost died after a three story fall. But three decades later I learned that Herron had died a hero, receiving the Navy Cross posthumously. Since learning the actual circumstances of his death, I have been on a mission to preserve Lee Roy's memory, heroism, and legacy. In so doing, perhaps I have made 1969 a better year for his family--and me.
Latin American Post 840 and Auxiliary Post 840 hold annual memorial ceremony in addition to a special rededication of the new Puerto Rican Medal of Honor Grove.
Annual Memorial Day Ceremony
NVC Michael Cotten's recent visit to New Hampshire
The George P. Vanderveer Post #129 of Toms River, NJ was advised of the need for new classroom flags for the Lakehurst Elementary School, and quickly provided them. After mold was discovered at the elementary school, the building was closed and the students relocated. Months later the school re-opened, minus classroom flags. Once the Legion heard that the students were saluting small desk flags, they quickly responded with brand new large classroom flags for each room.
What I learned about my father, the paratrooper!
What happens when you continue to serve; both in the American Legion as a Legionnaire and in the American Legion Auxiliary? The result is an interesting mix of a civic minded leader who continues to serve well after their Armed Service tenure has ended. I recently had the privilege of interviewing Jean Wilson, Department of Ohio 2nd Vice Commander; I was intrigued by what makes this remarkable woman tick.
A first POW/MIA Golf Tournament to honor a Fallen Soldier who could not attend the event
Former Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. served the Knoxville area as Congressman for 30 years, and his father served many years before him. Congressman Duncan shares his fascinating stories with baseball. Rep. Duncan shares his love of baseball by providing an interesting perspective on the game's history. He served for years as a batboy and had exciting opportunities with players that baseball fans would find fascinating.