Amereican Legion History
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2 million in more than 13,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.
Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth.
Mayhew-Vincent White Cane Post 266 was born in the 1976 at the Veteran's Administration Hospital in Long Beach, CA.,Pantages Theater Auditorium, by two blind veterans John Mayhew and John Vincent. Not long after, the post began its long journey in restaurants and American Legion hosting posts.
Our Post is the only designated blind and disabled Post in the Nation. We support the P.I.E.R. on the Long Beach Veterans hospital grounds. Ever since our American Legion Post has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces.
A Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 266 was formed on _______. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Auxiliary. Auxiliary members are always anxious and willing to co-operate in every Legion activity.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Westminster community, the goal of every Veteran to it's last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday.
Scholarships and Community Projects
American LegionPost 266 sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the National American Legion.
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