American Legion Unit 323: Did you know?………
Even though many of the programs at the American Legion have been suspended or cut short in 2020 because of the pandemic, the American Legion Legacy Scholarship program progressed because of the dedication of members of the American Legion Riders. The children of U.S. Military personnel who had lost their lives or became 50% disabled or greater while on duty since 9/11 received more than $667,000 for college funds in 2020. It’s the fourth highest amount raised in the program’s 17 year history.
The funds are raised through an annual motorcycle Legacy Run? Because of the pandemic it is being conducted virtually during 2020. All riders are urged to put in miles in their local areas, contribute to the scholarship fund and find out about the fundraising rewards online.
Members of all Posts and their families of the Sons, the Auxiliary and the Riders across the nation are collecting and donating food, sundries and clothing for the many necessary pantries and shelters which are springing up everywhere. Some Posts were even doing free COVID-19 tests daily working with various Foundations and other groups since early July.
That some Posts have been having solemn community Celebrations of Lives to honor friends and loved ones lost during the pandemic . The Post Everlasting ceremony helped recognize the names of those who succumbed to the virus. Our Nation’s flag was raised and lowered while each name was mentioned, taps was sounded and “Amazing Grace” played.
A very important ceremony will be taking place in many Post homes this weekend and that’s the POW/MIA Recognition Day. The American Legion will never let them be forgotten and the service is not only a solemn one, it is a special tribute to the men and women who have given their all for our country.
All American Legion Families wish to ascertain in the strongest possible way that we stand for equal rights for everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or any other characteristic.
It is the strongest belief we have held since the beginning of our organization right after the first World War.
And just as we believe in equal rights for everyone, we also believe and work to maintain law and order. The insanity which has gripped the nation must stop. America is a better country than this and we must all work together to find some common ground where we may all enjoy the freedoms we have vowed to uphold.