Legion welcomed to cityPosted Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at 11:35 AM
We'd like to welcome the hundreds of delegates attending the state American Legion Convention in Mountain Home this week, and especially the national commander, David Rehbein, state commander Tom Mattice, and state Legion Auxiliary president Pearl Bentley.
The American Legion was formed at the end of WWI to help fight for the rights of our nation's veterans, at a time when politicians tended to ignore them as soon as their service was completed. That's a phenomenon that continues, unfortunately, into the modern era.
The Legion is more than just a gathering of veterans sitting around telling war stories. It fights for veterans' benefits, encourages basic American patriotic ideals, and reminds us all of the sacrifices those who serve in the armed forces make on behalf of this nation's security.
It is a strong, powerful and important organization, along with those of other veterans' groups.
We are proud to have them enjoy the hospitality of Mountain Home.
-- Kelly Everitt
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