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American Legion Mandarin "Fallen Heroes" Post 372

Celebrating 100 Years of Serving Veterans, 1919 – 2019

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Commander's Message

July 2021

Greetings Legion Family Members:

As the “Dog Days of Summer” draw nearer, our 372 Legion Family continues to accomplish the important work of The American Legion.

Starting with our active Auxiliary Unit who has had another successful packing session to package necessities for our deployed canines.  Throughout the year, our Auxiliary works tirelessly to support the mission of The American Legion with various fundraising and service initiatives.  This year they successfully accomplished a session to send comfort packages to our deployed woman and another to support all of our deployed canines. 

Our Riders held their annual PROJECT: VetRelief ride in June with a creative new twist.  Instead of the traditional poker run rides common among Riders events, our group visited a local veterans’ home and the Green Cove Springs War Museum.  The veterans home visit was greatly appreciated by the residents, some of whom were WWII veterans.  The home asked us to perform a flag retirement ceremony.  Upon completion of the ceremony, the retired flag was ceremoniously folded and presented to a WWII veteran that was part of “Operation Overlord” in Normandy on June 6th, 1944…D-Day.  The gentleman had recently celebrated his 101st birthday and was pleasantly surprised by the flag presentation.  The ride committee did a wonderful job soliciting gifts from individuals and merchants throughout the city to raffle off at the end of the ride.  Those proceeds, combined with cash gifts from various participating 5th District Chapters, resulted in a significant sum to support PROJECT: VetRelief.

Our Sons squadron is busy as usual.  In addition to building their membership and creating a Junior Shooters team, they are volunteering to assist our Elks Lodge by installing a new roof on the summer kitchen on a weekend in July.

Our little Post is active in the 5th District.  Beginning in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, three of our members will serve the District in important capacities as the District Historian, (Vice-Commander Patrick), District Law and Order Chair (Vice-Commander Litsky), and 5th District Riders Chair, (yours truly).

Our post gets together on the 3rd Saturday evening of each month for our ALR sponsored “Fireside Chat” to enjoy comradery, games, discussions around the fire and even toasted hot dogs and marshmallows.  I invite all to come out and meet your fellow Legion Family members.  Open to all ages.

We continue on or quest to find a Post home for 372 as we continue to grow.  Ideally, we would like our post home to be located in the southern, central area of Mandarin where we can serve our Mandarin and northeastern St. Johns County Veterans.  If you hear of or identify a location you think may be suitable for lease our purchase, please notify one of your Post officers immediately.

 We finished our fiscal year at more than 200 Legion members plus members of our Auxiliary and Sons Squadron.  We need all Family members to help us to continue to grow.  Please share our Post 372 story with as many people as possible.  The Veterans and their children need us.

For God and Country,

Joe