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LETTER TO THE EDITOR - American Legion is ready for change

on Tuesday, 22 October 2019. Posted in Letters to the Editor, Opinions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR - American Legion  is ready for change

American Legion is ready for change

To the editor,

During the first weekend in October, the American Legion held their annual Fall Conference. The basic agenda is very similar Fall to Fall. We always begin three- day program with a reading of all the names of those Legionnaires that passed away and transferred to the Post Everlasting during the previous 12 months. The readings are done in Post number order. First was Post 1 in Florence and concluded with Post 270 from Woodruff. This time it seemed more important because it made us well aware that we are losing membership at an alarming and increasing rate. Our average age is in the 70's for most posts.

I was really shaken when one post lost 50 members in one year. True, it is a large post, but that number prompted me to write this piece. We are losing 3-4 % per year on an increasing rate.

We recognize our need to change to meet the needs of the "Next Generation". Accomplishing this vital step will require us to get more family- oriented and to do more programs for the community, especially the youth of America. None of this can be done without more active members with young ideas and leadership skills to lead the change.

There are some 18,000 veterans in just the Florence-Darlington area. We need you. We have reached out to the local National Guard Battalion and the Army Reserve for input as to what they want the Legion to become. We need your help to make the new legion-veterans helping veterans.

For more information, please contact anyone of the following Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 officers: Post Commander Ken Curran,, (843) 601-0257; Post Adjutant Mike Richey, (843) 617-7181; or Post Treasurer Charlie Bethea (843) 395-0161.

Ken Curran

Post Commander

Fred H. Sexton

American Legion Post 1

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