There has been an active American Legion Post in Highlands since 1946. Through the years returning veterans have kept the post going with membership as low as nine to a one time high of 146. The current membership of 55 American veterans continues to serve the four pillars of the American Legion:
• Veterans affairs and rehabilitation
• National security
• Children and youth
The American Legion celebrated its 100th Anniversary on March 19, and familiarized their members with the meaning of the emblem of the American Legion:
The rays of the sun – The rays of the sun form the background of the emblem and suggest the Legion’s principles will dispel the darkness of violence and evil.
The Wreath – The wreath forms the center, in loving memory of those brave comrades who gave their lives in the service of the United States that liberty might endure.
The star – The star, victory symbol of World War 1, symbolizes honor, glory and constancy. The letters “U.S.” leave no doubt as the brightest star in the Legion’s constellation.
Inner rings – The smaller of two inner rings set upon the star represents service to our community, states and nation. The larger outer ring pledges loyalty to Americanism.
Outer rings – The larger of the two outer rings signifies the rehabilitation of our sick and disabled comrades. The smaller inside ring denotes the welfare of America’s children.
The words – The words “American Legion” tie the ring together for truth, remembrance, constancy, loyalty, honor, service, veteran’s affairs and rehabilitation, children and youth, national security and Americanism.
Due to the restrictions from the CDC and the impact of the COVID-19 Virus, the Highlands American Legion Post 370 has not met since their February meeting. They ordinarily meet at 9 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month for a breakfast followed by their meeting at 10 a.m. The Legion meets at the Faith and Fellowship Center of the Highlands United Methodist Church at 315 Main Street in Highlands.
The current Commander of Post 370, Ed McCloskey, did not want these announcements to go unnoticed due to the lack of meeting opportunities, so the awards will be given to recipients at 10 a.m. on Saturday July 18 at the Veteran’s Plaza. CDC guidelines will be followed including masks. All are welcome to view and congratulate at appropriate social distancing. The recipients of the following awards will be recognized this Saturday.
• Honorary life member
• Legionnaire of the Year
• Meritorious service
Post 370 welcomes all veterans to join the Legion and continue their oath by making a difference in our community and across the nation.