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Sons of the Legion

The Post 175 Sons of The American Legion would like to ask all post members to aid us in a recruiting effort for the SAL.  All male (of any age) descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of the American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who died in service during World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf War and the War on Terrorism, during the delimiting periods set forth in Article IV, Section 1 of the National Constitution of The American Legion, or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge from such service, shall be eligible for membership in the Sons of The American Legion.  The primary purpose of the SAL is to assist and serve in the activities of the post to which it is affiliated.  We would like to increase our membership so that we may be of greater service to the Post and the community.  Please see post Commander Jim Legg or SAL Commander Jim Oliver (804-370-5104) if you know of a family member or friend that would qualify for membership and might be interested in joining.

 

Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America started as an idea in 1992 by Morrill Worcester of Worcester Wreath Company in Harrington, Maine, when he had a surplus of wreaths near the end of the Holiday Season, and decided to honor the fallen veterans at Arlington National Cemetery, where he visited as a young boy, and which left a lasting impression.  In 2007 Morrill, with the help of veterans and other groups and organizations, formed Wreaths Across America, with the goal of placing wreaths on the graves of the fallen.  in 2008, in over 300 locations in the US, Puerto Rico, and 24 overseas cemeteries, and with the help of over 60,000 volunteers, they placed over 100,000 wreaths on veteran's graves.

In 2014, over 700,000 wreaths were placed on veterans's graves in over 1,000 locations in the United States and beyond, with the help of a network of volunteers,  That year, they acheived the goal of covering the 226,575 graves at Arlington National Cemetery with wreaths.  They did not do this alone, but had the support of 2,047 fundraising groups and contributions and donations from shipping, trucking and thousands of volunteers helping hands.

Every year, on the second or third Saturday in December, the annual Wreaths Across America pilgramage from Harrington, Maine to Arlington National Cemetery, has become known as the world's largest veteran's parade, stopping at schools, monuments, veterans’ homes and communities all along the way to remind people how important it is to remember, honor and teach.

Please consider making a donation to this worthy cause by visiting their website;

http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/

(Wreaths Across America is a 501-(c)3 not-for profit organization)

 

 

This iconic image became viral in 2005, inspiring increased national interest in the annual tribute and prompting the formation of Wreaths Across America as a non-profit 501-(c)(3)

 

 

 


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