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Posted 20 November 2017
Carl W. Hale, elected to serve as Commander, Paris Post 1, during the annual meeting in Pershing Hall. Committed to serving the community.
   
    

Posted 20 November 2017

The American Legion Auxiliary represents Paris Post 1 at a Dedication Ceremony
 
100 years ago, the American Army was arriving. The association “Le Souvenir Françoise” help to keep the memory of the American forces that came to Europe 100 years ago by planted an American red oak tree for remembrance.
 
“The tree leaves are red like the blood shed by the soldiers who came across the Atlantic Ocean to the old continent 100 years ago. This tree will keep the memory of the 130,000 American soldiers killed in action and the 23,000 injured. If the American army arrived officially in 1917, let us not forget the Foreign Legion soldiers who arrived in 1914 and the Airmen of l ‘Escadrille Lafayette”.
 
These are the words pronounced by Christian Caron, President of the Souvenir Françoise.
 
At the end of the ceremony American taps and the American National Anthem were played, then the Marseillaise.
 
American Legion Auxiliary President FR01 Ginette Crosley was present with the American flag.

Posted 13 November 2017

 
Department Officers and Kaiserslautern Post 1 attend wreath presentation, visited the Department of France Headquarters, and broke bread at Kaiserslautern Post 1.  
 
 
 
 
 

Posted 13 November 2017
Veterans Day week-end you can easily say that the American Legion Margraten Post NL01 was active doing the ‘Legions’ work. Wreath presentations at the American Cemeteries in the Netherlands and Belgium but also remembrance events at WWII memorial.
On the 11th November Margraten Post 1 had the honor to attend a memorial service in the Dutch village of Oud Beijerland, just south of Rotterdam.
In this village there is a memorial that has been erected to remember the 87 aircrew members that crashed in the immediate area during WWII. This has been accomplished by Anton de Man, who was a boy of 4 years old living in that village and remembers the conflict clearly to this day. He and a small group of dedicated individuals have built this memorial and is still a work in progress. They give lectures at the local schools so that the memories live on and these events will not be forgotten.
The top of the memorial is a steel plate in the shape of the area where the aircraft crashed, this is called the Hoeksche Waard. It has the silhouette of a B-17 and three Spitfires, positioned to represent their return flight to England after flying their missions over Germany. A flight never completed.
There are 87 names listed on the panels at the base of the monument. Ten (10) are of the Royal Netherlands Air Force flying out of England. There are 77 allied aircrew members also listed representing the Royal Air Force (England), the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Polish Air Force and the Royal New Zeeland Air Force. There are also 15 names listed for the United States Army Air Corp. Of these 15 aircrew members, one was returned to the States, 7 are still listed as Missing in Action (MIA) and 7 are laid to rest in the American Cemetery, the Netherlands (Margraten).
Again, it was an honor to attend this remembrance, proud to represent The American Legion and our Post NL01, Margraten. Look forward to working with this group of dedicated individuals who honor us and keep the memory alive.

 

 
 
 

Posted 13 November 2017
 
Post 1982 Commander Houston and post members had a great breakfast at Ansbach Elementary School in calibration of Veteran’s Day. Ken Aungst awarded the 3 top Veteran’s Day poem writers with cash rewards after they read their poems.
 

Posted 24 October 2017

 


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