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Cherokee 'Sons of the American Legion' charter formed

Monday, March 19, 2012

The American Legion, Treptow #230 in Cherokee is proud to announce the forming of a new Squadron, The Sons of the American Legion Squadron #230. It was chartered on Nov. 7, 2011 with 16 members.

The Sons of the American Legion was started in 1932. The idea was to start the S.A.L. to help keep the American Legion going with their programs. A few years later World War II broke out and the United States entered the War. Young men entered the Military to serve their country and came home from the war as Veterans themselves. S.A.L. kind of faded out for many years.

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.

All male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of the American Legion and descendants of Veterans who died in service during WWI, WWII, the Korean War, the Viet Nam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, and Persian Gulf, during the Limited period set forth in Article IV.

Section I of the National Constitution of the American Legion, or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge from such service, shall be eligible for membership in the S.A.L. Age eligibility from date of birth to 100 plus years old.

This new squadron will participate in parades and color guards.

They will assist with American Legion fund-raisers, visit veterans in VA Hospitals and Nursing Homes. S.A.L. will also assist with children and youth programs and promote Americanism.

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 tradition 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.

Annual dues are $10 and for more information contact Bob Wittrock at 225-0512, Dave Brown at 229-7778,or Ed Boger 225-1534.

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