CHENEY-ARMSTRONG POST # 5 NH
Dear Post 5 Members, December 2019 and January 2020
December 8th, 2019: Christmas Dinner is at noon on Sunday located at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove Street, Peterborough. Pot luck! Please let us know if you are coming 563-8376. So far 55 are coming. We need the count The Post supplies the turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, squash and cranberry sauce. Wayne, Ron and Jane Bowman will be cooking the three 30 pound turkeys. Arthur will be carving the turkeys! John Maclean peeling potatoes.
January 5th, 2020: MEETING IS CANCELED!
February 2nd, 2020: Meeting at the Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm Street, at 2:00pm
March 1st, 2020: Post meeting.
In memory: Bryant W. Crocker, of Peterborough, age 91, died on November 4th, 2019 at home. Bryant served during WWII on a gunboat in the Coast Guard. Bryant is survived by his three sons.
Sick Call: Barbara Campbell of Keene; Roger Cabana, David Geoffrey, Lockard Row and Rachel Belville of Peterborough; Ralph Tibbetts of Rindge; Warren Howe and Lewis Hansen of Jaffrey; Joseph Garcia and Arthur Hixson of Hancock;
Can I wear my American Legion cap to a political event? NO!!!! The American Legion cap is considered the official legion uniform. If attending a political event, The American Legion cap, or any clothing with The American Legion emblem visible, must be removed so as not to imply any endorsement by The American Legion.
As of December 4th, 2019 we have 192 members who have paid their dues for 2020. That includes new members as well. In the past year ten members have died and six members have moved. Each year National raises our 100% figure and this year it is 215 which means we are 23 short. Some people ask why getting 100% is so important. If ten are deceased, six moved and 17 are not responding to our appeals then all the work it has taken to build this post up will be wasted because this year it is 35 so far that have dropped off the roster and what is it going to be next year. We followed National’s and the State’s guidelines trying to get people to renew or tell us they could not pay and needed help or were not interested. National has sent out two bills to each person who has not paid their dues starting in the end of June. Those are not our bills. We were told to follow up with phone calls, letters, emails, and visits which we have done. We stopped at someone’s house because we did not want the person to lose his many years and we thought that perhaps this person was sick and wanted to make sure he was not. His response was that we had been harassing him, that he was not interested in this post and slammed the door in our face. This is a non-profit post run by volunteers who could always use help. If anyone is interested in being the Commander feel free to speak up. We could use volunteers for the Membership Committee, for the Poppy Committee, for the picnic at MacDowell, for the Christmas Dinner, to work on getting contestants for the High School and Junior Oratorical, to work on Scholarships, to work with the Boys’ and Girls’ State candidates, to go to the State and District meetings as well as Post meetings, to coordinate with the Auxiliary, to write thank you letters and to write the newsletter.
Post and Auxiliary at the November meeting: Wayne Thomas, Dick Loudon, John Franklin, Ron Crowe, Alan Zeller, Marc Cramer, Ron Bowman, Gary Babcock, Leon St. Cyr, Andy Benoit, Vincent Roche, John Sewall, Dot Vaidya and Dee Thomas
Donations: This is what was agreed upon at the November meeting.
1-Post Service Officer Training all service officers state wide- $100.00 (Poppy fund)
2-Pack A Bag- Children and Youth- Backpack filled with school supplies- $100.00 (general fund)
3-Peterborough Food Pantry $100.00 (Poppy fund)
4- Wreaths across America- $150.00 for 10 wreaths. (Poppy fund)
5- The Department is raising money for a playground to be built in Manchester in Wesley Belisle name 100.00 (general fund).
When I met with Chris McCall (Patients Experience Coordinator) at MCH, and several others from her staff last week, the following action items were developed.
1) They would begin asking all incoming patients whether or not they were a Veteran. This will probably be included on some paperwork, and whether they answer or not would be voluntary.
2) They have a white board in each patient’s room which is update with their medical progress. They will put some kind of notation on that board either about the Veteran status, or perhaps their branch of service.
3) On their name sign outside their room, some notation will be included about their Veteran status or branch of service.
4) They hope to develop some kind of Veteran kit to hand out to incoming Veteran patients, which would include any extra benefits they are entitled to, or contact information.
5) It was suggested that Veteran staff be given an extra floating day off during the year. This suggestion would be run by the management.
6) The hospital would look into hosting a Veterans Day breakfast for patients and staff. It’s too late to have that this year, but they would try to have it by 2020.
7) They would try to have a banner displayed somewhere in a prominent place in the hospital saying “Happy Veterans Day”. This will probably start this year. 8) They hope to begin a special recognition of a Veteran patient who dies at the hospital. This might include staff standing silently in the hallway when the body is removed from the hospital, or some other form of respect. Hopefully ideas will continue to develop throughout the year. Dick Loudon
Chris McCall emailed us and said I received feedback from the combined MCH leadership team last week that they would like more time to consider our suggestions before moving forward.
Many thanks to all of you at the Peterborough American Legion! Your generous donation will help keep our shelves well stocked with food for our clients throughout the year. Happy Holiday to all. Jim Hassinger
Honor Flight 63: I completed my New England Honor Flight on November 3rd, and highly recommend this to WWII or Korea vets who wish to attend. Bernie Wynn
https://honorflightnewengland.org › apply
Happy Thanksgiving Dear Friends, What a wonderful time of year to express our sincerest thanks for your business. Your continued patronage is valued each and every day of the year. In the spirit of the season, we thank you for your friendship and look forward to serving you in the days and years to come. Warmest wishes from everyone at Peterborough Marble & Granite Works
Thank you Dick Freeman for donating an electric typewriter to the Post. Thank you Jeff Allen for your donation to the Scholarship Fund. Thank you Ray Simard and Jacob Greenlaw for sending back two heartfelt letters to the children in Dublin Consolidated Elementary School who sent you a letter. Thank you to Pat Lee of Temple and Karen Spector of Peterborough for giving NEW clothing donations to the Liberty House in Manchester. Channel 9 put out an appeal for underwear.
Congratulations to 2019 Boys’ State Jadyn Vaidya who was accepted into the National Honors Society in November.
South Meadow School breakfast was December 6th and was a success.
Auxiliary Bake Sale- Thank you Joy and David Boothby, Dorothy Vaidya and her children Jadyn and Inaya for serving coffee and donuts at All Saints and then the Bake Sale in the Town House. Poppies, flags, & flag pins were given out and one 3X5 flag was sold. The bake sale made $107.30.
The Post is going to give the Tilton Veterans’ Home $100 towards their Christmas.
PETERBOROUGH PLAYERS ANNOUNCE PLAYERS GIVES
Peterborough, NH – Peterborough Players raise the curtain on their 2019/2020 Winter Season with A Tuna Christmas, a boisterous comedy by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears, and Ed Howard, running from December 5th-15th. As part of the season, the Players announce Players Gives, a program to reach ever deeper into the community.
A Tuna Christmas features popular company members Tom Frey (2 Pianos, 4 Hands) and Kraig Swartz (Fully Committed) and is directed by Artistic Director Gus Kaikkonen. In this boisterous and hilarious romp, Frey and Swartz portray over 20 different characters – everyone in the tiny, tight-knit, irreverent town of Tuna, Texas. As usual, the annual tree decorating contest is underway, and who knows if Vera Carp will once again take the prize. Joe Bob is trying to salvage the local theatre production of A Christmas Carol from both the town censors and the wrath of the electric company. Didi is arming the good people in town with protection against the Christmas Phantom, who’s wreaking holiday havoc and may (or may not!) be Bertha’s fresh-from-probation son, Stanley. And everyone just wants a burger from the Tastee Kreme. The Players welcome audiences to celebrate Christmas in the Greater Tuna area – a great way to add a laugh to your holidays.
###### In addition, the Players is pleased to announce Players Gives. The program aims to expand the reach of Players’ productions by providing reduced-cost tickets to select groups, while lending a helping hand to meaningful organizations who do a lot of good in the community. The Players look forward to being able to lower barriers to opportunity, show gratitude, and give back to some wonderful organizations, groups, and institutions.
At the Friday, December 6th 7:30pm performance of A Tuna Christmas, the Players will hold the first of three Pay-What-You-Can Nights during the Winter Season for members of select groups who serve our community each day and help make it such a great place to live and work. Members of the Armed Forces and Veterans, Police, Firefighters, EMTs, Nurses and Health Aides, Teachers, and Artists are invited to see the performance with a guest for whatever they feel they can pay. The Players simply ask that you bring ID such as membership cards, websites, business cards, or anything that establishes belonging to these groups. Pay-What-You-Can tickets may be purchased ahead of time over the phone with our box office, or in-person on the evening of the performance. Tickets and more information can be found at http://www.peterboroughplayers.org, or by calling the Box Office at (603) 924-7585.
In celebration of A Tuna Christmas, on December 7th at 2:00pm, December 7th at 7:30pm, and December 8th at 2:00pm, the Players will be collecting cans of tuna in the lobby on behalf of End 68 Hours of Hunger-ConVal and the Peterborough Food Pantry. For every can of tuna you bring to the Peterborough Players, you will be entered to win 2 tickets to the 2020 Summer Season at the Players! One winner will be chosen per show during those three performances.
Always…Patsy Cline: Full of down-home laughs and 27 of Patsy’s hit songs (including Crazy, Walking After Midnight, I Fall to Pieces, Sweet Dreams, and more) Always…Patsy Cline returns to the Players! In 1961, Patsy Cline was one of the biggest stars in country music. A chance encounter before a concert began the true-to-life, long-time friendship between Patsy and her great fan, Louise Seger. Over beers and bacon-and-eggs, fan and idol became confidants, supporting each other through letters until Patsy’s untimely death at age 30. Patsy and Louise bring the audience on a honky-tonk journey through one of country music’s greatest friendships. Popular company member Bridget Beirne returns as Patsy Cline.
This Verse Business: The perfect marriage between a treasured American poet and a beloved actor, Emmy-winner (NYPD Blue) and Tony-nominee Gordon Clapp returns for an encore performance as Robert Frost in A.M Dolan’s This Verse Business. Fresh from the Lincoln Center production of The Great Society, Clapp once again breathes life into Frost, poised and waiting for the birth of a new poem. “Why don’t I say some poems to ya I’ve already written…and we’ll see if another one creeps up on me.” Frost’s endless quest to express life through metaphor – and encourage the reader to find their own meaning of life – is beautifully captured through this intimate moment between actor and audience, featuring timeless Frost classics such as Mending Wall, The Road Not Taken and Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.
REMEMBRANCE SERVICE 2019 (Last Roll Call at All Saints Church) Armistice Day 11/11/19
WILLIAM EVA -AIR FORCE -VIETNAM
JAMES N. KORPI -AIR FORCE- VIETNAM
CLIFTON D. SAWYER -ARMY -KOREA
ELIZABETH “BETTY” NYLAND -MARINE CORPS- WWII
RENE A. ISAAC- ROYAL NAVY- WWII
W. DAVID MALCOLM, JR.- ARMY- KOREA
FRANK P. McGURK- NAVY- KOREA
STEVEN SCOTT PEARSON- ARMY -IRAQ & AFGHANISTAN
KLEANTHIS KASTRINOS -NAVY- WWII
RAYMOND R. GAGNON, Jr.- NAVY -VIETNAM
GORDON L. ROSS -NAVY SEABEES -WWII
RICHARD A. BAKER -ARMY -AIR CORPS WWII
PETER C. CHAMBERLAIN- ARMY -VIETNAM
AARON ERIC SMITH -ARMY -IRAQ
DOUGLAS H. MAYNARD- NAVY -WWII
MICHAEL M. WADDILL -NAVY -KOREA
WALTER H. SWEENEY -ARMY -KOREA
ERNEST L. McLEAN, JR. -NAVY -KOREA
LAURENCE H. SCHONGAR -NAVY -VIETNAM
GEORGE N. EASTMAN -ARMY- WWII
DONALD P. CARLE -ARMY- WWII
SHELDON A. SPECTOR -NAVY -VIETNAM
RICHARD ALAN DAY JUNIOR -ARMY- WWII
ARTHUR L. PENDLETON- MARINES- WWII
RAYMOND F. LEE -NAVY- SUBMARINER -WWII
BENJAMIN H. WHITEHILL -AIR FORCE -PERSIAN GULF/AFGHANISTAN
WILLIAM T. CLARK -AIR FORCE -KOREA
Veterans Day Service All Saints Church – November 11, 2019
Homily given by the Reverend Jamie Hamilton
One hundred years ago today, on November 11, 1919, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson issued a message to the country on the first Armistice Day, in which he expressed what he felt the day meant to Americans:
ADDRESS TO FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN (Countrywomen included!)
The White House, November 11, 1919.
A year ago today our enemies laid down their arms in accordance with an armistice which rendered them impotent to renew hostilities, and gave to the world an assured opportunity to reconstruct its shattered order and to work out in peace a new and just set of international relations. The soldiers and people of the European Allies had fought and endured for more than four years to uphold the barrier of civilization against the aggressions of armed force. We ourselves had been in the conflict something more than a year and a half.
President Wilson continued to speak about the splendid forgetfulness of mere personal concerns, about our capacity to bring together our vast resources, material and moral, of a great and free people to the assistance of our associates in Europe who had suffered and sacrificed without limit in the cause for which we fought.
He closed by saying, To us in America the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service, and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of nations. 1919, a hundred years ago today. We should be very proud that our town of Peterborough in this beautiful Monadnock region of southwest New Hampshire has been the home of the Cheney-Armstrong American Legion Post #5 since 1919.
The Post was named after two men. 1st Lt. William H. Cheney, Army, and Navy Lieutenant John Parkhurst “Jock” Armstrong. Both men died in the war as pilots.
1st Lt. William Cheney was the youngest son of Mary Lyon Cheney Schofield, the inspiration, visionary, and benefactor of All Saints Church. His body, as well as his father, his step-father, and his mother, rests in the crypt just below us.
The first Peterborough resident to die during WW II was Navy Lieutenant Jock Armstrong. On November 1st (coincidentally All Saints’ Day) he was killed when his bomber crashed. He is buried at the Pine Hill Cemetery.
These two men, like so many men and women, served their country with dignity and courage and gave their lives to protect our nation and her citizens. We honor them this morning, along with all the other members of our military who have served or who are serving today, protecting the welfare of our country.
We also honor today, our American Legion Posts which can be found throughout the nation, town by town, county by county, state by state. And in those Posts, we find places and people who honor and dignify the service of our military. (We thank Dee and Wayne Thomas for their service of love here in Peterborough).
Today, we also honor people, like Jim Webb, a Vietnam War Veteran, former Secretary of the Navy and Senator from Virginia, who continues to lead a life of service.
In late 2017, Jim Webb discovered something that he wanted rectified.
Here’s a known fact: in late 1965 an American c-123 was shot down in a contested area during the Vietnam War, killing all four American crew members and 81 unidentified South Vietnamese (ARVN, Army of the Republic of Viet Nam) who fought side by side with the Americans. In 1986, all of the remains were finally sent to Hawaii but remained unclaimed. But then, the American crew’s remains were identified through DNA testing and were given proper burial.
But the crew’s ARVN allies were not. This is what Senator Jim Webb discovered, and for the past two years he has been working with the State Department, the Department of Defense, U.S. diplomats in Vietnam, and through them, with the Vietnamese to resolve the situation.
“My sole motivation in this endeavor,” said Senator Webb, “has been to properly honor the dignity of service and to bring respect to all of those who did serve, on whichever side, no matter their nationality.
“They have indeed become ‘Men Without a Country,’ after having given their lives on behalf of a country that no longer exists.”
Webb used his influence and his authority and his moral convictions to arrange for the transfer of the remains from Hawaii to California for interment, nearly 55 years after their deaths. To give these men a home and to honor them. Their final resting place is at Freedom Park in Westminster, California (commemorated October 26th of this year). The casket with these remains was interred next to the memorial for boat people who fled communist Vietnam to come to the states.
“We will never know the names of the men we honor,” said current Navy Secretary Richard Spencer. “We’ll never know the loved ones that they left behind- mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, wives and children- who never learned of their fate and never had the opportunity to say goodbye.”
I tell you this story this morning because it is so current and because it gives me hope. In the midst of our political turmoil and conflict, when we seem to have lost our way, especially in our fight against ISIS with the Kurds who fought side by side with our armies in Syria. We need to keep the Kurds in our prayers. We need to remember our stories like the story of Senator Jim Webb as they are the ones that remind us of who we are and what we are made of as Americans. Today we hold onto these stories of dignity.
I never enlisted in the military, though my father was a decorated Korean vet and my cousin who is like a brother to me was deployed to Iraq twice. What I have learned from their stories about war is that in the midst of the large gesture to serve, there are small gestures, and they matter: moments of comradeship, intimate glances at special photographs, letters from home, songs sung, shared blankets, a hug, empathy about fear and “losing one’s nerve,” meals shared, especially if it’s fresh bread, corn beef, chocolate, café au lait, and maybe even a cigarette. (Let us take a moment of silence to think about those small gestures that gave each of you hope, courage, and resiliency).
The weight of these small gestures are precious because they make our service REAL. Why is that? Because in these small gestures of love and support, we honor the fact that each life matters. You matter. And you serve and have served because each life matters. The gift of you and others in the world is to be celebrated and protected. Or as one of my favorite theologians, Frederick Buechner puts it, “The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn’t have been complete without you.”
That’s why we go to war. To fight against tyranny and destruction and evil. To protect the capacity for all of us to flourish in freedom, love, liberty and justice. And the men and women who serve to protect us so that we can flourish, tell us, that beautiful and terrible things will happen, but don’t be afraid. We will protect you. This selfless act of service is what we honor today.
I want to close with a powerful poem written in 1916 by WW I veteran, Ivor Gurney.
He is honoring the loss of his friend, and writing to his friend’s fiancé:
To His Love
He’s gone, and all our plans
Are tireless indeed,
We’ll walk no more on Cotswold
Where the sheep feed
Quietly and take no heed.
His body that was so quick
Is not as you
Knew it, on Severn River
Under the blue
Driving our small boat through.
You would not know him now …
But still he died
Nobly, so cover him over
With violets of pride
Purple from Severn side.
Cover him, cover him soon!
And with thick-set
Masses of memorized flowers …
Hide that red wet
Things I must somehow forget. In the midst of honoring our soldiers, past, present and future and knowing that in their hardships, in their pain, in their strength, in their service, in their valor, in their times of needing to forget about the horrors they have witnessed and experienced, we must never forget….. never forget the power of their grand gesture to serve and their small gestures of love, commitment, grace and power to give us the opportunity to flourish and to know that this party, this full life, would not be complete without each and every one of us…. The gift of life and love and peace…..the gift of who you are. And our service men and women protect this gift of life every day. Amen
(An introduction to the Peterborough Veterans’ Day speaker by Wayne) Our Guest Speaker today is Rear Admiral Dale Gabel. Dale was born in Bismarck, North Dakota and in 1975 graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.
He retired from the Coast Guard in September 2009 after more than 38 years of military service. His final tour of duty was Commander, First Coast Guard District, in which he supervised all Coast Guard missions across eight states and along 2,000 miles of coastline from the U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey.
During his career in the service Dale traveled on an Ice Breaker to Antarctica twice which I found most interesting because I did three tours during the Vietnam Conflict.
He permanently moved to Dublin in 2009 and has served on multiple boards in the town and is currently Chairman of the Town of Dublin Select Board. Semper Paratus
Veteran’s Day Remarks Peterborough, NH 11 Nov 2019
An armistice signaling the cessation of hostilities in the Great War took effect at 1100 hours on the 11th of November 1918. World War I was over. The next year, on November 11, 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day. He said “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”
In 1954, President Eisenhower signed legislation changing the name from Armistice Day to Veteran’s Day. In 1968 observance of Veteran’s Day was changed from November 11 to the fourth Monday in October. In 1978, observance of Veteran’s Day was changed back to November 11.
And so we find ourselves gathered here today, on November 11, just as our countrymen and women did 100 years ago, to pay tribute to the nation’s veterans and to show gratitude for the freedom and opportunity their service has won for each of us.
When the first Armistice Day was celebrated in 1919 there were millions of veterans from the recent conflict to whom tribute was paid. Some of those veterans participated in almost a century of Armistice and Veteran’s Days. The last American veteran of WWI, Frank Buckles, passed away in Feb 2011 at the age of 110. The last worldwide veteran of WWI, Florence Green of the United Kingdom, passed away in 2012, also at the age of 110.
Unlike Memorial Day, which is intended to honor those who died in the service of their country, Veteran’s Day is intended to thank all of those who served honorably in the military – in peacetime as well as wartime. It is primarily intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge their contributions to our national security, and to highlight the fact that all who served faithfully have done their duty.
Since 1919, the United States has added millions of new veterans to the rolls of those to be honored. The Second World War, and subsequent conflicts around the globe in Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, and other places, tested the bravery, tenacity and patriotism of those who carried, and who still carry, the nation’s colors into battle, and those who supported, and who still support, troops on the front lines. Today, there are more than 19 million veterans in the United States, over 110,000 of them here in New Hampshire. These veterans are your family members and your neighbors. They are people like my father, Master Sergeant Gerald Gabel, U.S. Army retired, and my younger brother, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Gabel, U.S. Army retired. They are your local businessmen, your public servants and your local volunteers in any number of charitable causes. They are part of the American community, ably serving this great nation as they did when they wore the uniform.
So today, on Veteran’s Day, seek out and spend some time with the veterans you know. Visit a VA hospital and spend time with a veteran you don’t know but who would certainly appreciate the company. Listen to their stories, share in their triumphs, and thank them for serving their nation and for helping to keep it the beacon of freedom that it has been since its founding. And if younger people of your acquaintance ever ask you about serving in the military, give them good counsel. Tell them that serving in the Armed Forces of the United States is a distinctly honorable path in life – a path that, although taken by a relative few, guarantees the freedom and prosperity of a nation of 330 million citizens.
And I’ll leave you with this final thought on Veteran’s Day 2019. There is only one United States of America. If we mean to keep it, it must be defended from those who would wish to harm it. The veterans we honor today defended it in the past, those presently on duty defend it today, and those still to come will defend it tomorrow. And that is as it must be.
God bless and keep all veterans,
God bless and keep all those serving at home and abroad,
God bless each and every one of you, and
God bless the United States of America. Thank you.
Nov. 8, 2002: The American Legion launches the “I Am Not a Number” campaign to collect testimonies from veterans waiting long periods of time for VA health-care appointments and benefits decisions. More than 5,000 personal testimonials pour into National Headquarters, and their accounts help launch the national System Worth Saving program.
Nov. 9, 1926: Originating five years earlier in Pennsylvania posts, the American Legion School Award program becomes national, honoring outstanding eighth-grade boys evaluated on five points: honor, courage, scholarship, leadership and service. The American Legion Auxiliary offers a similar award for girls on the basis of courage, character, service, companionship and scholarship. In its first year, 1,046 medals are awarded throughout the country. By 1943, the number would soar to 13,302.
Nov. 10-12, 1919: Minneapolis is the site of the first American Legion National Convention. Temperatures dip to 11 degrees above zero, with light snow, during the convention parade, and weather is later blamed for Minneapolis losing its bid to become permanent home of The American Legion National Headquarters. Indianapolis is chosen instead, and Washington, D.C., finishes second in the voting. Despite cold temperatures and flurries, approximately 15,000 march in the first national convention parade, and the David Wisted Post of Duluth, Minn., which by this time has amassed a membership of 2,500, is declared The American Legion’s first official band. Among the veteran delegates attending the first national convention are 140 female members of the newly formed organization. Also marching in the first American Legion National Convention Parade is a Boston bull terrier named “Sgt. Stubby,” a celebrity dog that was smuggled overseas to serve alongside his master and best friend, James Robert Conroy of the Connecticut National Guard, on the western front. By the time of its first national convention, membership in The American Legion exceeds 684,000.
Nov. 10, 1919: The American Legion Committee on Auxiliaries meets and listens to a report from approximately 12 women of different organizations who express interest in forming an official American Legion Auxiliary. A report from the committee is delivered to the National Convention that “recommends that The American Legion recognizes an Auxiliary Organization, to be governed by the rules and regulations prescribed by the National Executive Committee, to be known as the ‘Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion,’ to which shall be eligible, all mothers, sisters, wives, and daughters of members of The American Legion, and of all men and women who died honorable deaths in the military and naval service of the United States between the declaration and the formal conclusion of the World War.” In the months that follow, American Legion Auxiliary units spring into existence across the map.
Nov. 10, 1919: Following the decision to name Indianapolis the permanent home of the national organization, American Legion National Adjutant Lemuel Bolles announces that “as soon as practical” The American Legion Weekly Publishing Corp. will “also have headquarters at Indianapolis.” The magazine office, however, remains based in New York until 1976.
Nov. 10, 1919: The American Legion’s Committee on Military Policy reports that it favors universal military training but “strongly” opposes compulsory military service during peacetime. The committee calls for a “relatively small regular Army and Navy and a citizen Army and Navy capable of rapid expansion sufficient to meet any national emergency.” The report begins by stating: “We have had a bitter experience in the cost of unpreparedness for national defense and the lack of proper training on the part of officers and men … we realize the necessity of an immediate revision of our military and naval system and a thorough house-cleaning of the inefficient officers and methods of our entire military establishment.”
Nov. 11, 1918: A defeated Germany signs an armistice in a railroad car outside Compiegne, France, ending the Great War that killed nearly 10 million military men and women from around the world, wounded another 21 million and is estimated to have caused the deaths of an additional 5 million civilians. Some 4 million Americans have served during the war, 72 percent of whom were drafted. At the time of the armistice, fallen U.S. military personnel are buried in approximately 2,400 temporary cemeteries throughout Europe.
Nov. 11, 1919: Four American Legion members marching in an Armistice Day Parade in Centralia, Wash., are shot to death in the streets. Blamed, arrested and convicted are members of the International Workers of the World (the “wobblies”), regarded as Bolshevik-aligned radicals. When one of the suspects is jailed, a mob breaks in, pulls the suspect out, hauls him away and hangs him from a bridge until dead. Eleven others associated with the wobblies serve sentences for their parts in the shooting. The shooting galvanizes the early American Legion at its first national convention in Minneapolis and hardens its position against the IWW, Bolshevism and other threats to democracy. Verna Grimm, widow of one of the Centralia shooting victims, Warren Grimm, in 1923 would accept the position as chief librarian for The American Legion National Headquarters in Indianapolis, where she would work until her retirement in 1957.
Nov. 11, 1921: President Warren G. Harding and the Allied generals, flanked by American Legion members, dedicate the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, the culmination of a Legion-supported legislative push by U.S. Rep. Hamilton Fish Jr., a Plattsburgh alum, former captain of “Harlem’s Hell fighters,” the famed all-black 369th Infantry Regiment, and founding member of The American Legion.
Nov. 11, 1930: Philadelphia celebrates Armistice Day for the first time with a football game between an American Legion all-star team and the Quantico Marines. The Philadelphia Council of The American Legion invites some 12,000 high school students to the game, which the Legion team wins on a long pass play in the final seconds. Some 40,000 spectators take in the game at Franklin Field, and proceeds are divided between the Marines to help fund a school at Quantico and The American Legion for county welfare work.
Nov. 11, 1993: The Vietnam Women’s Memorial, designed by Texas sculptor Glenna Goodacre, is dedicated on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The project, spearheaded by American Legion member Diane Carlson Evans, a Vietnam War U.S. Army combat nurse, culminates more than a decade of lobbying, fundraising and overcoming bureaucratic and governmental obstacles. Carlson Evans, buoyed by an October 1985 American Legion national resolution supporting the memorial, had participated in the 1982 dedication ceremony for the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington and came away feeling that the more than 10,000 women who served during the Vietnam War were not adequately represented. In the final hearing after more than 30 to get the project approved, she testifies to the Department of the Interior: “Our wall would be much higher and much wider without the contribution of these brave women.” In 2013, Carlson Evans is selected to serve on The American Legion’s 100th Anniversary Honorary Committee and on Feb. 27, 2018, is presented the organization’s prestigious Patriot Award for her military service, dedication and persistence to honor America’s military women.
Nov. 11, 2016: American Legion Riders in Freehold Borough, N.J., see a man alongside the road next to his motorcycle, which has a dead battery and won’t restart. They ride up to him and offer to help. The stranded rider is none other than rock and roll hall of famer Bruce Springsteen, who as a high school junior participated in New Jersey’s American Legion Boys State program. “He was just one of the guys, a basic down-to-earth kind of guy,” said Dan Barkalow, a Sons of The American Legion member and Legion Rider attached to Post 54 in Freehold Borough, where Springsteen grew up.
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