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Posted 3/18/18

Woods-Smith Post 9 Celebrates the American Legion's 99th Birthday

JASPER - Veterans, and members of the public gathered on Thursday evening, March. 8 to celebrate the American Legions 99th …

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Woods-Smith Post 9 Celebrates the American Legion's 99th Birthday

JASPER - Veterans, and members of the public gathered on Thursday evening, March. 8 to celebrate the American Legions 99th Anniversary which will occur March 15, 2018.

The American Legion was born in Paris, France, in March 1919, after which a caucus in St. Louis was held. The organization was chartered in September and held its first convention in Minneapolis in November 1919.

Founded on these Four Pillars: Care for Veterans; Strong National Defense; Americanism; and the Wholesome Development of Youth, The American Legion offers its members the opportunity to continue to serve American long after they hung up their military uniforms for good.

Since its founding, the American Legion has remained focused on activities that honor God and Country And, the American Legion continues to exert its influence towards the protection of benefits earned by all veterans through honorable military service.

Although, The American Legion is more than simply a veteran's organization - it is very much a community-based service organization. Among the programs conducted regularly are community Veterans Day and Memorial Day observations, Blue Star Salutes honoring local military families and supportive Businesses, a High School Oratorical Contest and American Legion Boys/Girls State and Nation.

Members of local American Legion posts provide volunteer funeral details to render military honors for veterans. The American Legion's Woods-Smith Post 9 in Jasper has a Ceremonial (Honor/Color) Guard. Veterans honorably discharged and/or serving in the active/reserve are eligible to serve in the Ceremonial Guard. For more information, contact the Ceremonial Guard Commander, Dalton Banks at 239-339-7718.

Woods-Smith Post 9 also offers the proper disposal of unserviceable American Flags. Anyone with an unserviceable American Flag may bring the flag to any Woods-Smith Post 9 meeting, which is held the second Thursday of each month beginning at 6 p.m. at the Wade Math & Science Building at 805 14th St. on the Bevill State Community College - Jasper Campus.

The American Legion is a large organization of men and women who have stood to defend our nation in times of war and who continues to stand for a strong national defense in a changing world. These members steadfastly work to preserve the fabric of the United States of America.

For 99 years, the American Legion has been a force for good in America. With God' grace, our best years are still ahead. Thank you, God bless America and God bless the American Legion.

For more information, contact American Legion Woods-Smith Post 9, P.O. Box 1204, Jasper, Al3SS02 Attention: James W (Jay) Snow, Adjutant; 205-527-7090; legion.post9.ala@gmail.com.