Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires.
SAL members include males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. Members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion comprise the Legion family, which has a combined membership of nearly 4.2 million.
Although Sons has its own membership, the organization is not a separate entity. Rather, SAL is a program of The American Legion. Many Legionnaires hold dual membership in SAL.
The Sons organization is divided into detachments at the state level and squadrons at the local level. A squadron pairs with a local American Legion post; a squadron’s charter is contingent upon its parent post’s charter. However, squadrons can determine the extent of their services to the community, state and nation. They are permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to meet their needs, but must remember SAL’s mission: to strengthen the four pillars of The American Legion. Therefore, squadrons’ campaigns place an emphasis on preserving American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
Since 1988, SAL has raised more than $4 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. SAL members have volunteered over 250,000 hours at veterans hospitals and raised over $915,688 for VA hospitals and VA homes. The Sons also support the Citizens Flag Alliance, a coalition dedicated to protecting the U.S. flag from desecration through a constitutional amendment.
Volume 6 Fall/Winter2009 Number 2
Membership is Vital – We would like to welcome our newest members to Unit #55: Linda Young, a former teacher who resides in Fredericksburg, Mamie Hennage, a 57 year member, who formerly belonged to Montross Unit #252, Sarah Hundley, a 48 year member, who also formerly belonged to Montross Unit #252, and Vernelle Woodson from Stafford. Our youngest member is Alyssa Bradley who is two months old.
If you have not already renewed for the current year, please send your dues of $13 to the Unit treasurer,
Pam Hannah, 11213 Valor Bridge Dr., Spotsylvania,VA 22551
Because of you, our members, Unit # 55 has been able to accomplish
the following thus far this year:
5 Shoe Boxes to Hampton VAMC filled with “welcome items” for veterans
5 Shoe Boxes to McGuire VAMC filled with “welcome items” for veterans
$250 ($50 each) to the five Veterans Medical Centers in DC, VA, and WV for the Christmas Gift Shops
$100 to the Veterans Creative Arts Festival
$100 to Sitter and Barfoot Veterans Care Center in Richmond
$50 to assist in filing Veterans’ disability claims
Purchase 1500 poppies handmade by our veterans for distribution
Future Department and District events:
November 14 - President Susan’s Homecoming – 6PM, Fredericksburg Country Club
January 20 – Day on the Hill – 8:30 AM, Capital in Richmond
January 30 – Eastern Zone Workshop – Hampton, Unit 67, Newport News
March 19-21 – Spring Conference – Virginia Beach, VB Conference Center
June 12 – Annual District Meeting – King George Post #89
June 20 – 26, Virginia Girls State – Longwood University, Farmville
Please note there has been a change in the monthly meeting day and time!
November 13 – Veterans Day D inner – 6Pm, Post Home
December 1 - Combined Auxiliary and Legion Christmas Dinner – 6PM, Ryan’s Steakhouse –
Bring canned goods for Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
February 2 - Fill Shoe Boxes for Veterans Hospitals – 6:30 PM, Post Home
March 3 - Virginia Girls State – Interview and Selection of candidates – 4PM, Post Home
March 12 – joint ALA and TAL dinner, Post Home, Hometown to Heroes Celebrtion – 6PM
April 6 - Annual Reports – 6PM, Post Home
May 4 – Selection of Officers for 2010-2011
June 1 – Joint Legion and Auxiliary Installation, 6PM, Location TBA
Join the Legion and Auxiliary for poppy distribution May 28-31, 2010.
Unit #55 plans to begin a Bridge group in the Spring. Can you join us? Call Susan Lee for details.
This past year members have been visiting and volunteering in various Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in the Department. These include Salem, Martinsburg, Washington, D.C., Hampton, and McGuire in Richmond. Activities include assisting Veterans get to church service on Sundays and serving food for a cookout. Future plans include assisting Veterans select and wrap Christmas gifts. Come join us when you can! Rita Chandler, a devoted Service Officer for the past two years, and Pam Hannah, Unit Secretary/Treasurer, completed training classes to assist our Veterans as they complete and their file disability claims.
2009-2010 Unit Officers
President: Rita Chandler– 540-898-6270 First VP: Evelyn Greene – 804-448-3009
Second VP: Nancy Sams – 540-898-7327 Secretary/Treasurer: Pam Hannah – 540-972-5746
Chaplain: Linda Jennings – 540-899-6996 Historian: Susan Lee– 540-373-6248
Sgt-at-Arms: Burneter Fisher – 540-373-6097
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
In contrast to other veterans organizations, the Legion offers a number of local programs and activities to strengthen its commitment to our nation’s grass roots and the people we serve. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs; it continues to educate youths on the importance of sportsmanship and develops the quality of our country’s citizenship. The Heroes to Hometowns program is the only nationwide reintegration assistance service for wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, millions of dollars in donations have been given to fellow veterans and their families in times of grief, and various scholarship opportunities ensure the future success of our youth.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvements in the legislation process. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands not behind politics, but the issues and people that institute progress by focusing on veterans rights and quality of life.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
American Legion Post 55
461 Woodford Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
P. O. Box 55