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."
POW/MIA Recognition Day 17 September 2021
National POW/MIA Recognition Day is an observance that honors those who were prisoners of war (POW), as well as those who are still missing in action (MIA). It is observed in the United States on the third Friday in September, this year it will be 17 September 2021.
National POW/MIA Recognition Day was proclaimed by the United States Congress in 1998. It is one of six national observances when the POW/MIA Flag can be flown. The other five observances are: Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day. The POW/MIA flag was created by the National League of Families in 1972, and was officially recognized by Congress in 1990. It is a symbol of concern about United States military personnel taken as POW or listed as MIA.
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency's mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting of our missing personnel from past conflicts to their families and the nation. Their research and operational missions include coordination with countries and municipalities around the world. At present, more than 81,900 Americans remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, and the Gulf Wars/other conflicts. 75% of the losses are located in the Indo-Pacific region. Over 41,000 of the missing are presumed lost at sea.
In the armed forces, you will find a single table and chair draped with the POW/MIA flag displayed in mess halls and dinning halls. This symbolizes the hope for the return of those who are missing in action.
A POW/MIA Table was placed on display on the Veterans Green in Southbury. The meaning of the table is as follows:
The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their motives when answering the call to duty.
The single red rose, displayed in a vase, reminds us of the life of each of the missing, and their loved ones and friends of these Americans who keep the faith, awaiting answers.
The vase is tied with a yellow ribbon, symbol of our continued determination to account for our missing.
A slice of lemon on the bread plate is to remind us of the bitter fate of those captured and missing in a foreign land.
A pinch of salt symbolizes the tears endure by those missing and their families who seek answers.
The glass is inverted, to symbolize their inability to share this days' toast.
The chair is empty--they are not here.
The candle is reminiscent of the light of hope which lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation.
Let us remember and never forget their sacrifices.
May God forever watch over them and protect them and their families.
Veterans of Southbury: American Legion Post 147, American Legion Post 204, VFW Post 1607
Post 147 Member Honored
Comrade Joseph Casten was selected to go on a Biplane ride in honor of his WWII service.
The flight was from the Dream Flights organization, and is free to the veteran.
Pictures from Memorial Day 2021
Honoring a Comrade's 100th Birthday
Joe Casten, a member of Lt. C. Edward Hine American Legion Post 147, celebrated his 100th birthday on December 19 2020. Mr. Casten joined the Merchant Marine on Oct. 12, 1942, and served until Mar 7, 1946. He sailed 6 times; across the Atlantic 5 times, and the Pacific once. Ports visited include Algeria, Italy, England, France, Holland, Philippines, Okinawa and Japan.
Comrade Casten’s birthday was recognized by Post 147, Department Commander Dennis Beauregard of the Department of Connecticut American Legion, including a card from the staff there, the White House, Jeff Manville, First Selectman for the Town of Southbury Office of the First Selectman, an Official Citation from the State of Connecticut General Assembly, introduced by Representative Arthur J. O'Neill, Representative David K. Labriola, and Senator Eric C. Berthel, and Jack Buono, Rear Admiral, USMS, Superintendant of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, with a special recognition: the Superintendent’s Medal, presented in appreciation for a job well done.
Wreaths Across America
Honoring Our Veterans
Saturday, December 19th is National Wreaths Across America Day, when citizens across the country gather to remember our fallen, honor those who serve, and teach younger generations the value of freedom.
Due to the impending snow storm, the placing of the wreaths was completed on Dec. 16th.
There will be a short ceremony at Veterans Green, Sat. Dec. 19th at 11:00 AM to place wreaths at the monuments.
This announcement is from:
Wreaths Across America
American Legion Post 147, Southbury.
For more information: https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/CT0096P
Pictures from the 2020 event: