October 21, 2008
Anyone who’s been to one of the many community events in The Colony knows that patriotism is deeply rooted in the city. As much as any other organizations, American Legion Post 21 and the American Legion Riders are active and recognizable around town as staples of community involvement.
Following its first official meeting last week, the newly forming Sons of the American Legion in The Colony wishes to have the same impact on the community, said council member Allen Harris, who has been instrumental in forming a local SAL chapter and will likely be tapped as the first squadron commander.
“The American Legion Post 21 in The Colony is the fastest growing post in the state,” Harris said. “We hope to be the fastest-growing Sons of the American Legion Post, and be just as active as any in the area. It’s going to be the same sort of charitable, volunteer, and service organization that the Legion is.”
Legion Post Commander Joe McCourry said he was excited about this new addition to Post 21’s efforts.
“This is the greatest thing in the world,” McCourry said. “There are an awful lot of citizens who are very proud of the service that their fathers and grandfathers gave to our county. They want to pay back any way that they can with community service in support of that ideal. We’ll all be working side by side in order to do things for our community, especially for our veterans and their families.”
The Colony’s Sons of the American Legion has at least 12 charter members signed up, Harris said, and all of the post’s paperwork will be submitted this week to the national office for approval.
The local chapter is still accepting charter members. Anyone whose father, mother, or grandparents would qualify for the American Legion, qualifies for the Sons of the American Legion.
“If your dad was in World War II or in Korea, and you want to join that selective group of guys, come join us. It’s a great organization,” Harris said.
Not only do SAL members receive the same benefits as Legion Post members, but they also get to mingle with the men and women who have proudly served their country.
“If you’re a member of the Sons of the American Legion, you then get all the benefits and rights of an American Legion member, including discounts, and you can join the American Legion Riders,” Harris said. “For me personally, having not served in the Armed Forces, it’s an honor to be able to associate with those guys.”
For information, contact Harris at 972-625-2580 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or McCourry at email@example.com or 972-668-0783.
According to the national Web site, the Sons of the American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within the American Legion. The Sons comprises boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in the American Legion.
Together, members of the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion make up what is known as the Legion Family. All three organizations work to improve the quality of life for the nation's children, care for veterans and their families, and teach the fundamentals of good citizenship.
Courtesy of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette