Sons of The American Legion
The Sons of The American Legion Squadron 200 is located in Hampstead, Maryland about 35 miles northwest of Baltimore. Focusing on support of Legion and community activities, the Hampstead Sons of the American legion Squadron 200 raises funds for scholarships, charities, community events, and patriotism projects in service to the Hampstead, Maryland community. The Hampstead Sons of the American Legion works closely with the American Legion Post 200 and the America Legion Auxiliary Unit 200 organizations to help instill in others an appreciation for the mission of the armed services, to honor those who served in time of war, and to promote pride and patriotism on the part of each member of the community.
Preamble to The Sons of The American Legion Constitution
Proud possessors of a priceless heritage, we male descendants of veterans of the Great Wars, associate ourselves together as "Sons of The American Legion" for the following purposes:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a true spirit of Americanism; to preserve the memories of our former members and the associations of our member and our forefathers in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our friendship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness; to adopt in letter and spirit all of the great principles for which The American Legion stands; and to assist in carrying on for God and Country.
The Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within The American Legion. The S.A.L. is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in The American Legion. Together, members of The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary and The Sons of The American Legion make up what is known as The Legion Family. All three organizations place high importance on preserving our American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation's children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship. Sons have always assisted Legionnaires with Legion Family programs. Our Family boasts a combined total membership of nearly 4.2 million members. This year, Sons attained an all time high membership of over 240,000. The largest Detachment (Indiana) has over 28,000 members. Trophies and awards are given to Detachments and Squadrons for the largest membership and the largest increase in membership.
Dear Sons of the American Legion:
Thank you very much for the $100 donation you gave to Operation Welcome Home Maryland. Donations given to OWHMD are used to purchase snacks and water for the "goodie bags" the troops receive when they arrive at BWI Airport. We truly appreciate your support of our troops.
Generous and caring organizations like the Sons of the American Legion enable OWHMD to continue its mission of greeting our returning military heroes.
Many thanks and best wishes for a happy holiday season.
I wanted to email you to let you know I am finally out of Afghanistan and just embarked on US soil! The last several weeks proved to be harrowing and in limbo - not knowing when our replacements would be here and then the retaliatory actions of the insurgents after burning the Quran. Since we were delayed due to the late arrival of our replacements and "lock-down", because of the rioting.
Our scheduled military departure to Kuwait was secretive due to security threats. Then one evening we were notified to be ready and to have our gear (seabags) ready at 2200 and then informed our flight would leave at 0300. We were in Kuwait for about a week in a Warrior Transition Program (WTP) to us re-integrate into our families, prepare to rejoin our civilian workplace, and adapt to the American Society. The WTP is a program designed for not only returning weapons, Army issued gear, but also a type of group therapy for self-reflection, communication interaction, identifying potential post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and one-on-one time with counselors and chaplains. One could say it was a place to also rest, recuperate, and then prepare for the long flight back to California where we will go through the Navy intense medical and psychological testing before being discharged from active duty.
We arrived at LAX shortly after midnight after traveling for over 37 hours and welcomed back to the USA with USO volunteers and staff waving American flags and cheering. Somehow the fatigue disappeared as tears swelled up in my eyes to finally realize that I was back on US soil. I cannot even tell you how it felt to see strangers reaching out to shake our hands and thank us for our service. I will never ever forget that moment...as it will be forever imprinted in my soul.
I would also like to thank you all for their prayers, letters, packages, emails, and support not only during my deployment, but especially during the last few weeks. I look forward to see you!