It was with great honor that Myself, our First Vice and members of the Post Honor Guard carried out the Flag Day ceremony Sunday, June 14, 2020 at the Post. We were also honored to have our Scout Troop 618 present a program on flag etiquette prior to the burning of the flags.
This ceremony is a solemn occasion during which we honor the flag of our country and properly dispose of those flags that have served their various function with grace and dignity. The ceremony is conducted annually on Flag Day and I would encourage each member to make an effort to attend next year as I believe they will find it rewarding.
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 13, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that established June 14 as Flag day. June 14 was established as National Flag Day on August 3, 1949 by an act of Congress.
The new owner and publisher of the 1097 News was present for the ceremony and has promised to publish an article about same in his first edition since purchasing the paper on July 4th 2020. I would encourage all members to seek out a copy of that edition and see what the new owner has to say about our post.
As I get more and more into the duties and responsibilities of being your Commander, I am also meeting more and more of you, our membership. I am encouraged by the friendliness by which I am met and do truly enjoy visiting with each and everyone of you. I will endeavor to broaden my efforts to meet each of you as the days go by.
In closing I want to remind everyone that our next Birthday Luncheon is July 9th. I encourage you to attend if at all possible.
Ben Hardin, Commander
American Legion Post 618
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!!!
A.R. Turner School Americanism Winners
The American Legion turns 100 on the 19th of March 2019. For 100 years the American Legion has been lobbying Congress for Veterans Rights and for American Veterans benefits. From the G-I Bill of Rights, VA Hospitals, Veterans Affairs of all sorts, to include Agent Orange and PTSD coverage. Visit the American Legion Post 618, Willis, Texas, located at 13054 FM 1097 East. View the history and the results of the American Legions lobbying efforts we have posted on the walls. Anytime
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.
Stay Tuned! More dates to come!!