AMERICAN LEGION POST 180
17452 State Highway 47
Marthasville, Missouri 63357
17452 State Highway 47
Marthasville, Missouri 63357
Wreaths Across America delivery will be stopping at the I-70 westbound rest area at Wright City on Dec. 13th around 2 p.m. Those wishing to escort the wreaths, please be lined up and ready no later than 1:45 pm. We will be escorting the truck (convoy style) from the rest area to the Knight of Columbus Hall at Holy Rosary in Warrenton. It is ok if you would like to display a flag on your vehicle. Once at the Knights of Columbus, we will be assisting with unloading the truck. It may be raining so dress accordingly.
Graves will be decorated on Dec. 17th at Warrenton City Cemetery and at Holy Rosary at 11:00 a.m. Those interested in helping or attending should arrive no later than 10:45 as the ceremony will start at 11:00 sharp. Dress warm.
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 absolute number one reason you should belong to the American Legion is because:
The legion is active every day. we are:
These are just a few of the many services we provide locally at Post 180 in Marthasville. I will expand further on our local services and contributions as I touch briefly on how the services of the American Legion are classified nationally, as well as locally, under the organization’s four pillars which are:
Pillar 1 – Veteran’s Affairs: the American Legion lobbies Congress aggressively for well-funded, appropriately staffed, veteran’s affairs offices to handle benefit claims, quickly and efficiently. as most of you will remember, scandal broke in 2014, when it was revealed that in VA hospitals and VA clinics across the country, there were unacceptable delays in veteran’s not receiving timely appointments and some dying while they waited for the treatment they earned in service to their country. the American Legion led the national conversation to address this issue at the highest levels. as a result of this, the American Legion began and continues today to host monthly veterans benefit centers across the country. At these centers, veterans receive one-on-one assistance with filing claims, setting appointments and receiving counseling and health screens and more. Accredited American Legion Service Officers) provide expert assistance, free of charge to our veterans and their families.
Post 180 provides an extended military honors guard when requested as well as a color guard at various patriotic functions in our community. We visit the veteran’s home in Mexico, Missouri and bring clothing, books, magazines and games to help our veteran’s who are in need of companionship and comfort. We participate in Wreaths across America raising money to place wreaths on our local veteran’s grave sites.
Pillar 2 – National Security. the American Legion’s position on national defense, homeland security, border control and military support is based on the long held value that the key to world peace and stability is a strong well-resourced defense.
Toward this end :
Very important to the American Legion and our local Post 180 is a full accounting of POW/MIA’S. American Legion riders have, for the past two years, held a POW/MIA memorial service to recognize those service members that have not come home.
Pillar 3 – Americanism: the Legion makes a difference in local communities in many ways.
Pillar 4 – Children and Youth - the American Legion’s children and youth pillar is guided by three objectives that help children in need.
1. Strengthen the family unit – the temporary financial assistance program was established for those families struggling and have minor children at home. And a family support network was established to help provide child care services; yard work; car repairs, and more to those loved ones that are struggling at home while a military member is deployed.
2. Support organizations that help children in need – the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation provides grants to help enhance communications for groups that tackle problems from childhood neglect to substance abuse.
3. Provide communities with well-rounded programs to provide hope and opportunity for young people facing difficult challenges.
This is a very basic overall picture of what the American Legion organization is on a national level as well as our own Legion Post 180 on the local level.
Everyone should be sure to come out and visit our post and I invite you to visit our national website where you will find information and web addresses for those who may be in need or requiring any contact information such as www.legion.org/join.
You're welcome to come and visit us at our next monthly meeting, Our meetings are the 2nd Monday of the month, beginning at 7:30 p.m. For additional information, contact our Membership Chairman, Gene Jenkins at 636-433-2340
17452 State Highway 47, Marthasville, Missouri 63357, United States