Northwest NEWS

June 5, 2000

Editorial

The American Legion: this is who we are

   We are all veterans of some distant war, and because of that, for God and country, we associate ourselves 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 one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our association 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 the 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.

This is what we do

   The American Legion annually lobbies in Congress to maintain current rights and benefits for all veterans; stands at the forefront in the ongoing effort to protect "Old Glory" from desecration; provides the veterans' hospitals with new equipment, as is possible; provides assistance to all veterans when needed; sponsors the Boy Scouts of America; sponsors Boys State; sponsors oratorical contests; supports education; supports Special Olympics; supports the National Emergency Fund; sponsors American Legion Baseball and Sno-Valley North Little League Baseball; provides memorial ceremonies at the Novelty Hill and the Carnation Cemeteries annually; provides scholarships throughout the "Need a Lift" educational program; and supports many programs in support of children and youth.

This is what is happening

   All of the World War I veterans have gone on to the jurisdiction of the greatest commander of us all. World War II veterans are joining their World War I comrades at the rate of fifteen hundred per day.

   The biggest share of Korean veterans have reached or passed their sixty-fifth birthday. For the American Legion to continue being successful in all the things they do, it needs veterans from later military conflicts to take an interest and commit themselves to their country. The struggle to maintain our freedoms and rights does not take place only on the field of battle. The struggle continues on a daily basis, whether there is military conflict or not.

   Fellow veterans, you may feel that you have done your share and your work is done. It would be nice if that were true, but there will never be a time when we can just relax and stack our arms. Guns are just replaced by words and deeds.

   You can join the American Legion by calling 425-788-6672. If no one answers the phone, leave your name and phone number on the recorder. Your call will be returned.

Dave Bellin, Adjutant, Carnation Post No. 199