Dec 08 Legion meeting
Dec 10 Auxiliary meeting
Dec 11 SAL meeting
Dec 13 Wreaths Across America
Dec 14 Kids' Christmas Party
Dec 22 Exec Board
(for info go to EVENTS)
Wreaths Across America - Dec. 13
This year's "Wreaths Across America" ceremony was held on Saturday, Dec 13 at 1:30 PM on the Marlborough Green.
The ceremony honored those who served and sacrificed.
Wreaths Across America mission - Remember, Honor, Teach, is carried out in part by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies a specified Saturday in December at Arlington, as well as veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond.
New Commander/New Meeting Day
At a recent membership meeting, members
voted Keron Flannery in as the new Commander.
Flannery takes over for Cmdr Bernie Hoyland.
The membership also voted to change the
Legion meeting to the second Sunday of the
month (at noon). The Exec Board will meet on the fourth Sunday.
There will be a setback tournament at the Post on Saturday, January 24.
Registration begins at 6:00 PM.
Play begins at 7:00 PM.
Post Hall Rentals
The hall at the Post is available to rent for
members and to the public.
It is ideal for parties, dinners, dances etc.
The hall holds 210 people, and can be decorated. Also, a private bar is available.
If you are interested in renting the hall for an event, contact the Post at 860-295-7810.
American Legion Post197
(from the Commander)
Hello and welcome to the American Legion
Post 197 Web Site.
I took the job as Commander of Post 197, not to be nice or sociable, but to see if my officers and I could get the Post back in a good operating position.
I guess we have failed! This is your Post - our Post, but we cannot survive without member participation.
We need members to get involved in the Post.
We also need members who will step up two nights a month and become officers and attend meetings.
All I can say is that without our members' (Legion, Aux, SAL) help we cannot survive!
Please support our canteen (and your guests are welcome) and participate at American Legion, Post 197.
Thank you, and I am looking forward to an improved Post in 2014.
Bernie Hoyland, Commander Post 197
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a not-for-profit community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide.
from the National Cmdr (pdf)
Monday, May 26 2014
Kate Smith sings God Bless America
(click to play)
The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.
This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the
evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.
If you are interested in
becoming a member, fill
out the form on the
"Contact Us" page and
indicate in the Comment
section that you are
interested. You will be
Membership Eligibility Requirements:
December 7, 1941 to Dec 31, 1946 (WW II)
June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 (Korean War)
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
Aug 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)
Dec 20, 1989 to Jan 31, 1990 (Just Cause - Panama)
August 2, 1990 to today (Op Desert Shield/Storm)
Vets' Day Ceremony will be held Nov. 9, at the Post.
May 17, 2014
The Ultimate Sacrifice:
A Memorial Day Poem
We set aside Memorial Day
Each and every year
To honor those who gave their lives
Defending what we hold dear.
In all the dark and deadly wars,
Their graves prove and remind us,
Our brave Americans gave their all
To put danger far behind us.
They made the ultimate sacrifice
Fighting for the American way;
We admire them and respect them
On every Memorial Day.
By Joanna Fuchs
A big thank you to the SAL and
Cmdr Brian Mensinger for their generous donations to the Post!
The American Legion Auxiliary was honored by the Americans for the Arts with the Outstanding Contribution to the Arts Award for the Auxiliary’s important work in helping veterans heal through the arts, most notably through the ALA’s co-sponsorship of the annual National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. Americans for the Arts presented its prestigious National Arts Awards in New York City.