Article by: Mark Gourley, 2nd District Commander
I am honored that the members of the Second District have chosen to stand beside me as we step fully into our second century of service.
Just as our Democracy remains strong through the regular change in government leadership, so too does the start of each new membership year strengthen The American Legion by bringing new members into the fold and providing them with opportunities to lead. The Legion, at every level, must reach out to new veterans and offer them a place to develop practices built on the leadership skills instilled in them by their military service.
Our members are the lifeblood of our organization, and our Posts are the beating heart through which our membership flows. The strength of our Posts is dependent on fostering the balance between their independence and maintaining the standards necessary to be a part of The American Legion.
A century ago, the veterans who came before us saw a need among themselves. They organized most of the Post we have in the Department today. We now have an organization larger than any other of its kind. We provide more services and programs to both our fellow veterans and our communities. The challenge before us this year is to ensure every Post is fully engaged, executing as many of our programs as possible in their communities. If we run our programs to their fullest, membership will follow.
While the demographics of our nation’s veteran population has changed tremendously in the hundred years since the Legion was founded, the need for proper care, treatment, and respect remains the same. I look forward to working with the greatest service organization in the country to make sure the need of our fellow veterans and the entire Legion Family are met.
Together, we change lives for Veterans, their families and their communities.
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