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Old 07-25-2018, 09:27 AM
 
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I am a 61 year member of a Legion post back in Minnesota.
In 2012 I moved 800 miles south for retirement and presumed I would be joining a post in my new area.

I found out there is an active post about 12 miles from me with a clubhouse that has a bar open to the public.....bingo/karoke/ ....always seems to be busy.

I went to a meeting asking about what programs they participate in on Memorial Day.

In Minnesota , near where I lived, the VFW and American Legion put flags by every grave of every veteran who ever served. They then had firing squads go to EVERY cemetery in the area and the chaplain would say a short prayer and the firing squad would shoot over the graves.
This was done for as long as I remember.

Also , local papers published the exact times it would happen for each cemetery and there always were relatives at each cemetery.
They also published the log of every cemetery in the area and the alphabetically list of every veteran buried there.

A neighboring post had a big ceremony at the high school honoring the alumni from all wars who gave their lives.

Every post had a parade that was well attended.

Anyways, I asked the American Legion in my new state about those things and got a blank stare.

One guy said........." some of us do a little grilling behind the clubhouse on Memorial Day"

Most said they never heard about activities I mentioned and another guy said he thought there only were firing squads at two posts in the entire state.

The commander said........" it's the kids. We constantly are raising money to help the kids in the area"

That may be nice, but I never knew that was the main mission of the American Legion........" to help area kids"

The majority of the monthly meeting was taken up deciding if a guy who got rowdy three years ago and was banned should now be allowed back into the bar .

So, I renewed my membership back at my old Minnesota American Legion Post.
My next of kin will see them when the American Legion show up at the cemetery right after my funeral.
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:01 AM
 
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The American Legion has a lot of youth programs, which appears to be the mission that that particular post chose to take on. Different posts have different membership, demographics, and priorities. There is not a national requirement for a post to do the things you mentioned. Some posts choose to do them, some do not. A member from your local post may go to MN and be surprised at the lack of emphasis on supporting youth activities.
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Old 07-25-2018, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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In regards to being open to the public, that's a function of state law. In Alaska, the bar portion of the American Legion and other VSOs are restricted to members and their guests. Same in Arizona. When I was in South Dakota, the bar was open to the general public.


Just to be a little nit picky...those aren't firing squads, they are honor guards.
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Old 07-25-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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Originally Posted by joe from dayton View Post
The American Legion has a lot of youth programs, which appears to be the mission that that particular post chose to take on. Different posts have different membership, demographics, and priorities. There is not a national requirement for a post to do the things you mentioned. Some posts choose to do them, some do not. A member from your local post may go to MN and be surprised at the lack of emphasis on supporting youth activities.
Lack of youth programs?

Legion baseball for youths is huge in Minnesota culminating in a state tournament.
Camps for youths at Legionville .

A beautiful campgrounds on a lake near my former place that is owned and run by the America Legion.

What they might be surprised is the American Legion in many places can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Meaning, do more than one thing ( helping kids )

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Old 07-25-2018, 11:57 AM
 
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Why don't you take the lead and see if there is any interest among the membership in doing any of the things that you think the post should do? You don't have anything to lose.
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Old 07-26-2018, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I joined the nearest American Legion after I retired. They do all the functions the OP lists.

The local laws allow it to be a private bar that is only open to it's members [and their guests].

For membership, they require that each prospective member has done something 'of service' to their nation. I attended a meeting where they voted on a new member, whose only 'service' was he painted the building.
About half of the members are Canadians who came down into the US for medical tourism [we have specialists that are hard to find in Canada].

We also have a VFW post a block away from the American Legion post. They both do the same assortment of activities. And they have floats in the Veteran's Day parade and Memorial Day parade.

I am a member of both organizations.
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