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American Legion squadron to mark 43 years with celebration

July 19, 2017
By ERIC DeVAUX ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 323 will mark its 43rd birthday with a celebration.

Hosted by the American Legion Post 323, the event will take place on July 21 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the post. Free and open to the public, the festivities will consists of raffles, giveaways and more.

"We're getting back to our roots here," 1st Vice Commander Christian Rapp said, adding that the birthday is a milestone to be celebrated. "Forty-three years is a long time being in existence."

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There will be a drawing for $200 in scratch-off tickets, plus $100 cash - a $300 total prize value.

The scratch-off tickets are currently on sale at the post for $10 each.

Officials explained that the winner will be drawn at the celebration once all 250 tickets are sold.

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Proceeds from the event will benefit the Sons of the American Legion charities.

"We have fundraisers and a lot of them, the public are invited to," he said. "We raise money for all sorts of different charities."

According to Rapp, Squadron 323 has been helping the local community for the past 43 years. All of the Sons of the American Legion in Florida have been actively working in their local communities.

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43rd birthday celebration


Sons of the American Legion Squadron 323


July 21 from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m.


American Legion Post 323, 1124 Ashlar Ave.


Free and open to the public

"As an organization, the whole Sons of the American Legion throughout the state of Florida donated over $105,000 to the Special Olympics last year," he said.

Squadron 323 organizes Memorial Day events for the veterans, among other activities.

Rapp pointed out a possible disconnect with the local younger generation.

"The community knows the American Legion is here. I don't think the younger generation really realizes what's here and that's a shame," he said. "Our primary focus is to raise money for our veterans and children's charities, support our disabled veterans and their families, as well."

At the event, squadron member "Bouncer" Ray Leventhal will entertain as the deejay.

The Legion will have a choice of New York strip steak, fish or shrimp for dinner, as well as cake for desert, for those in attendance. There will also be drink specials available during the celebration.

For more information, call 239-369-3178 or visit:

The American Legion Post 323 is at 1124 Ashlar Ave.



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