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City Council, Mayor salutes American Legion’s Congressional Charter anniversary


August 31, 2009

Local veterans support other vets through the American Legion Post 181.

The Lake Stevens City Council has given the American Legion a special salute by adopting a Resolution at its August 24 meeting, citing the many contributions Legionnaires have made to the local community and other cities across Washington for nine decades—and officially recognizing the 90th anniversary of The American Legion’s charter by Congress.

“This is our way of showing our appreciation for the armed services and support of the American Legion and all they do for our community,” Lake Stevens Mayor Vern Little said.

In Lake Stevens there are 195 veterans who belong to American Legion Post 181. Because Commander Tony Morea was out of state, Adjutant Tom Thorleifson was present to accept the honor on behalf of the local veterans.

The council’s Resolution calls upon all citizens to express their appreciation for the work accomplished by veterans locally and the more than 33,000 Legionnaires across Washington State.

The American Legion was founded in Paris, France, March 15-17, 1919, at the first caucus by members of the American Expeditionary Force, and it was chartered by Congress six months later on Sept. 16. Today, there are nearly three million American Legion members nationwide, representing veterans who served in every branch of our military.

“From the veterans from The Greatest Generation to those from the Latest Greatest Generation, the men and women of The American Legion have served their fellow veterans and communities with pride for 90 years,” says Vern Rasmussen, Post 181 First Vice Commander. “The strength of the American Legion lies at the local Post level, and here in Lake Stevens we are dedicated to doing our part to assist veterans, their families and the community alike.”

Flags are lowered at the War Memorial.

The American Legion has many national programs which help active military members as well as returning veterans and those who served our nation generations ago. The American Legion was responsible for the creation of the original GI Bill that enabled millions of veterans to obtain assistance in education and home loans, and The Legion was instrumental in the passage of legislation creating the Department of Veteran Affairs. Keynote programs such as Boys State, American Legion Baseball and the Constitutional Speech Contest also promote the development of leadership skills among our youth.


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