PLATTSBURGH — An American Legion membership drive has been launched in Clinton County.
“Without a strong and vibrant membership, the American Legion posts cannot support the local or national programs they are chartered to do,” said a press release from County Commander Robert St. John and County Commander Steve Bowman County Adjutant.
“The American Legion is a powerful force in Clinton County.”
There are 10 posts that work under the American Legion Department of New York and the National Guidelines.
The Charter of the American Legion is based on Four Pillars:
• Americanism: Inspire love of country and good citizenship through patriotic observances, flag etiquette, civic instruction in schools, the Americanization of immigrants and community service.
• Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation: Assist veterans in pursuing claims, understanding their rights and obtaining their benefits. Visit comrades who are sick or disabled and provide comfort to member’s families in illness and bereavement.
• Children and Youth: Ensure that any child of a veteran in need of care and protection shall receive proper and timely service and aid, strengthening the family unit, extending support to sound organizations and facilities that provide services for children and youth.
• National Defense: Assist in community emergency preparedness and support local and national civilian defense projects.
ALMOST A CENTURY
The American Legion’s National Charter was created in 1918 at the end of World War I, when it was approved by Congress, the release said.
“We are now moving close to our 100th anniversary and realize that we need to transition to the future needs of our youngest veterans and the needs of our communities.”
The American Legion Posts in Clinton County have long supported veterans local communities as well.
‘NEED TO GROW’
Among the programs various posts support are: American Legion Boys State; American Legion Baseball; American Legion Oratorical contests; high-school scholarship programs; Operation Comfort Warrior; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts; Wounded Warrior; veterans assistance programs; the National Emergency Fund; North Country Honor Flight; legislative actions; and service officers.