2019 06 05 D-Day, Camp American Legion
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D-Day, Camp American Legion

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Remembering D-Day

A message from National Commander Greg "Doc" Gibbs from Normandy, France
On this, the 75th Anniversary of D Day, the invasion of Europe in World War II, I find it interesting that the United States of America is likely the only country that has so much land set aside in so many foreign countries in which to bury their dead.  It is fitting that a country where the average citizen values freedom, liberty and democracy to such a degree that they are willing to give their lives to these ideals.  Not just so that we here in the United States can be free but so that other people throughout the world will have the opportunity to taste freedom from oppression.

There is scarcely a nation today that has not either enjoyed our friendship or suffered under our wrath through this journey towards freedom and liberty.  Many countries today exist solely due to our friendship, intervention, and a helping hand when needed most.

As we view the beautiful countryside of France today, we know all too well the devastation that occurred here during two world wars this past century.  Recovery has taken time and the resultant strength of France and Europe today is amazing.  The cemeteries in France and Belgium still bear the markers of the dead, many American lives ended there on European soil.  We all sincerely appreciate the the care given to these cemeteries and the graves of our young men and women, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, who have yet to come home.  They paid the ultimate sacrifice so that others could be free, others they may never have even met or had the pleasure to truly know.  This bond between freedom and citizens and soldiers of the United States is strong and has been ever so much so the past 243 years of our existence as a nation.  Founded on this very premise - freedom from tyranny.

We continue to be strong for our allies and will not doubt, remain steadfast as a beacon of liberty.  The American Legion family is filled with people who understand the level of sacrifice that entails, and we also know the end results.  Results that remain so valued that we Americans are still willing to give our lives for a few key ideals - freedom, liberty, democracy.

Many of those buried in France no doubt were Sons members, sons from fathers who fought on that same ground in World War I.  May God bless all the ware dead interred in Europe, the families that still grieve, and those that have tended to our grave sites over the years.  In thankful recognition, The American Legion family and the Sons of The American Legion salute you all.

For God and Country,

Greg "Doc" Gibbs, Ph.D.
National Commander
Sons of The American Legion

Sons in Grafton make Cabin 22 Possible

This is Legion Proud!!! What a great event put on by the Grafton Squadron 355 Sons of American Legion. The weather was kind enough to hold off and the turn out was fantastic!

Squadron 355 Sons of American Legion has been the sponsor for cabin 22 since it became a Camp American Legion cabin. This weekend they made a $25,000 donation towards the rebuilding effort of the new “American Legion Family Cabin”.

The groundbreaking for this project will be this coming Sunday, June 9 at 1 PM. Come join Commander Frank and all of us for the kickoff of this historical an extremely meaningful project.

Thank you Cory, everyone at Squadron 355 and the surrounding Grafton community area.

You make us Legion Proud!

- Don Grundy, Camp Director

Cabin 22 Dedication at Camp

Dedication to Gold Star Families

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