Regarding the history lesson about American Legion
To the Editor:
I want to address the letter to the editor that seems to have a shiny back stabbing knife.
Patriotism is a word much like love that has a definition that can not be defined. By Ellis’ definition, the American Legion was established in 1919 for the Veterans of Wars but of course the American Legion has evolved and all great warriors serving in times of war or times of peace are honored and respected. Evolving to meet the current events our great country is necessary for the Legion’s survival and mission of service.
By the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission statement which in part reads, "In the spirit of service, not self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad."
I scream, in my most respectful voice, it is you, Mr. Ellis, who has lost his way. It’s not “nice” to receive a care package from home; it can mean everything in a war that may become the longest war that Americans have experienced. After a long mission in the Middle East, my son return to a safety zone after almost four months without a day off, without mail and his team losing a tremendous amount of weight they returned to the “nice” care packages.
As you can imagine, the food and supplies in them meant a great deal to a team of Marines, but the message in receiving the care packages is you are not forgotten, we care about you and will care about you as long as this war can last and beyond.
By painting and hanging the shields, not only is it recognition for those currently at war but it’s also a way to bring them into the Legion family and welcome them to be a member of the American Legion when they return. By hosting a supper for the families of those deployed, they not only support the warriors gone but also the current American Legion warriors who have stories to tell, support to offer and maybe support to gain.
In that way, the Auxiliary are offering mental support to all. By taking time to check up on us as a military family such as mine as it frees our sons and daughters to concentrate on the battle at hand and not deal with the stresses at home.
The ladies of the Auxiliary said, “I promise you we (the Auxiliary) will not forget your son until he is safely home and as many times as he deploys the Legion will be here for you.” They kept their word.
It is easy to take the Bible, a history book, or a spoken phrase and mold that into what you want but clearly the mission set up by women long before the wonderful women at Rumford’s American Legion has been defined for them and they are honoring the tradition of the brave women before them.
I can tell you that I can not imagine a veteran having a need that the ladies of the Auxiliary knew about would go without their offering a helping hand. Our sons and daughters at battle need you now and if from the conversations I have had with American Legion members our veterans want to be been needed by their younger sisters and brothers, who are currently at battle.
With much respect from a grateful mother of a United States Marine, I salute the ladies of the American Legion for all you do.