The American Legion Albert E. Schwab Post 555, located on Beach Boulevard in Midway City, has re-opened its doors to serve veterans and the community as they have done for more than 83 years.
“Even the pandemic could not keep us down”, said Jeff Gallagher, commander of The American Legion Post 555. “When the state shut down, we continued to find innovative ways to serve our veteran members and the community at large. It’s what we do.”
From distributing donated facemasks to feeding needy veterans and seniors, Post 555 has kept its doors open to the needs of the community. Potter’s Lane, a community of formerly homeless veterans is a favorite recipient of Post members. A rack in the main hall holds food and staple items donated by members. When the rack gets full, volunteers take the goods to Potter’s Lane. The veterans there have also been the recipients of Thanksgiving turkeys, and even the occasional burger burn put on by the post’s motorcycle riding group, the ALR.
Now that the state is re-opening, the post has also re-opened, cautiously, to the community they have served for over 80 years. April has a full slate of events open to the public. First off is the American Legion Auxiliary-sponsored Baked Potato Bar on April 15.
A BBQ competition will be held in the parking lot on April 25 with a Welcome Home Vietnam Era Vets Party planned for April 30. American Legion Members and their guests are welcome every day at the Triple Nickle clubroom.
“The public is invited to come by the post and see an amazing collection of military artifacts plus a one of a kind mural that emblazons the entire interior of the hall”, says Commander Gallagher. “We are open every afternoon and we’ll be happy to show you around.”
Of course, Gallagher says, veterans are always welcome to enquire about membership.
Established in 1919, The American Legion is the largest and oldest all-service veterans organization chartered by Congress. Albert E. Schwab Post 555 was chartered in 1938 and acquired its historical building the same year from the Union 76 Company. Post 555 continues to honor the traditions of service to the community, state and nation through its ongoing programs. For more information online go to http://www.americanlegionpost555.com. The post is located at 14582 Beach Blvd.
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