The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, wartime veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veteran service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of programs in communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting national security, and continued devotion to service members and veterans.
The American Legion was founded on four pillars: veteran affairs and rehabilitation, national security, Americanism, and children and youth. Each pillar encompasses various programs that benefit the country’s veterans, service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens.
In the past year, the American Legion Post 120 in Palmyra hosted a golf tournament fundraiser; collected backpacks and school supplies for primary and intermediate students in Palmyra-Macedon Central School District; held a turkey party, beer and brats fundraiser, Halloween warmup for local trick-or-treaters, and ham and shrimp party; hosted a wine and cheese tasting and collected toys for Pal-Mac kids at Christmas; and offered its monthly steak dinners and periodic chicken barbecues.
These fundraisers are held annually to provide scholarships to Pal-Mac graduates, Americanism projects in schools and oratorical scholarship programs. The American Legion sends two to four Pal-Mac juniors to Empire Girls State and Boys State, and provides Christmas baskets to shut-in veterans and Valentine’s Day balloons to Wayne County Nursing Home veterans.
Post 120 remembers veterans on Memorial Day and through Honor Flight opportunities, poppy distributions, holiday shopping at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center and color/honor guard representation at veteran funerals and local parades. Remembrance services are held for Pearl Harbor Day and the Four Chaplains, transportation is provided for veterans to and from appointments at the VA, and support goes to the Veterans Arts Festival, Palmyra Community Center and local Food Pantry.
Post 120 is accepting new members. Eligibility requirements are set by U.S. Congress for veterans who served during a declared war or conflict, plus their families. Eligible service dates are the Gulf War/War on Terrorism (Aug. 2, 1990 to present), Panama (Dec. 20, 1989, to Jan. 31, 1990), Lebanon/Grenada (Aug. 24, 1982, to July 31, 1984), the Vietnam War (Feb. 28, 1961, to May 7, 1975), the Korean War (June 25, 1950, to Jan. 31, 1955), World War II (Dec. 7, 1941, to Dec. 31, 1946) and World War I (April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1018).