Since our charter in 1944, American Legion Post 147 has been welcoming Veterans from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community. Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble below.
The American Legion Preamble:
"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 masses. To make right the master of might. To promote peace and good will 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."
National Vietnam War Veterans Day
The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 was signed into law by 45th U.S. President Donald J. Trump, designating every March 29 as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
This special day joins six other military-centric annual observances codified in Title 4 of the United States Code §6, among them Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day.
29 March is a fitting choice for a day honoring Vietnam veterans. It was chosen to be observed in perpetuity as March 29, 1973 was the day the United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam was disestablished and also the day the last U.S. combat troops departed Vietnam. In addition, on and around this same day Hanoi released the last of its acknowledged prisoners of war.
The United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration honors all veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time from November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, and their families.
National Vietnam War Veterans Day - March 29 | National Vietnam War Veterans Day - 29 March | Vietnam War Commemoration (vietnamwar50th.com)
Veterans Day 11 Nov. 2022 and Wreaths Across America 17 Dec. 2022
Lieut. C. Edward Hine American Legion Post 147, Southbury held a Veterans Day Poppy Drive and Wreaths Across America Fund Raiser. The Poppy Drive and Fund Raiser took place on 5 Nov, 11 Nov, and 12 Nov, locations were Southbury Plaza Stop and Shop, Southbury Plaza Clock Tower, and the Southbury Green.
The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifice made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms.
The funds raised support local American Legion programs throughout the year. This past year, American Legion Post 147 awarded $4000 worth of scholarships to Region 15 students. Over the years, the American Legion has sponsored young men and women (High School Juniors) to attend Boys State and Girls State, an American Legion program, to introduce young men and women to the workings of government. The American Legion has also sponsored young men and women (High School Juniors) to attend State Police Week. Participants spend a week at the State Police Academy learning about law enforcement and possible careers.
This will be the fourth year that the American Legion has sponsored the Wreaths Across America program. The American Legion will place a Veterans Wreath on the approximately 585 veterans’ graves in the local cemeteries. Last year, December 2021 Wreaths Across America placed 2.4 million Veterans Wreaths at 3136 participating locations across the United States and worldwide. This endeavor would not be possible without the help of volunteers. There are volunteers that are organizing the program, truck drivers that are donating their time and trucks to deliver the wreaths and volunteers that will place the wreaths on the veterans’ graves. Everyone is doing a part.
If you would like more information about the American Legion you can go to: https://amlegionpost147.org.
If you would like to sponsor a wreath for a loved here in Southbury, forms will be available at the fund raising locations.
You can also sponsor a wreath online at:
Lieut.C. Edward Hine American Legion Post 147
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