The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans...
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES TOGETHER
FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
To maintain law and order;
To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars;
To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
To make right the master of might;
To promote peace and goodwill on earth;
To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
The rays of the sun form the background of our proud emblem and suggests the Legion's principles will dispel the darkness of violence and evil.
The wreath forms the center, in loving memory of those brave comrades who gave their lives in the service of the United States that liberty might endure.
The star, victory symbol of World War I, also symbolizes honor, glory and constancy. The letters "U.S." leave no doubt as to the brightest star in the Legion's star.
The larger of two outer rings stands for the rehabilitation of our sick and disabled comrades. The smaller inside ring denotes the welfare of America's children.
The smaller of two inner rings set upon the star represents service to our communities, states and the nation. The larger outer ring pledges loyalty to Americanism.
The words American Legion tie the whole together for truth, remembrance, constancy, honor, service, veterans affairs and rehabilitation, children and youth, loyalty, and Americanism.
Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the American Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States.
War-weary World War I veteran - STEADYFRIEND.US Staff Family Member - Pvt. Erman Lepley didn't make it home.
By Justin Engle The Daily Item
The memorial sits at Elm Street and Route 522. The site consists of six pillars made with bricks from the Beaver Springs Elementary School. The largest pillar has a plaque honoring all veterans with the American flag and the prisoner-of-war flag flying above it. The other five pillars have emblems and flags from the five branches of the military.
The site also contains three stone markers honoring community members killed in action: Pvt. Erman Lepley, in World War I; Pfc. Wayne Balmer, in Vietnam; and Pfc. Richard L. Fry, also in Vietnam...
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