The plates are not pre-printed. They are manufactured on an as needed basis. Per PennDOT regulations, we are allowed to assign numbers one through 100, provided there will be 100 applications received on the first order. For example, we cannot assign a plate number 54 if we do not receive 54 applications. If we only receive 20 applications, then we may only assign numbers one through 20.
The American Legion, Department of Pennsylvania headquarters is the only one that may submit applications for these plates to PennDOT. Individuals may not apply directly to PennDOT for a numbered license plate. You MUST submit your PennDOT application and check made payable to The American Legion, Department of Pennsylvania to Department Headquarters.
If you wish to apply for a Sons of The American Legion specialty plate, please complete and return the PennDOT form to Department Headquarters at: The American Legion, Department of PA, Attn: SAL License Plate, PO Box 2324, Harrisburg PA 17105.
Please remember to include your $11.00 check made payable to The American Legion, Department of Pennsylvania by December 12, 2014. After this date, we will not have the ability to assign specific numbers and you will have to accept whatever the next consecutive number may be in their production.
Plate numbers will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. Please note that plate number one (#1) has been reserved for the Sons of The American Legion Committee Chairman John Eisler, Jr. and plate number thirteen (#13) has been reserved for the widow of Past Detachment Commander John Metzger.
If you have any questions regarding this specialty plate process, please contact Kit at 717-730-9100.]]>
I have completed my tour of the three national cemeteries in our Department.
Vice Chairman Chuck Magnus and I met with Director Ron Hestdalen on September 8, 2014. The director and his staff of 12 have had 1,323 interments or inurnments so far in FY 2014 which ends on September 30, 2014. To date, they have had a total of 9,149 burials since the opening of the cemetery. During the past year there have been two Missing in America Project (MIAP) programs performed. There is an expansion project in the formative stage and the approval is expected by November of this year.
I along with Danny Debolt who made the trip with me met with Director James Metcalfe on September 10, 2014. This cemetery has an impressive Avenue of Flags with approximately 700 flags flying along their roadways. The Honor Guard building which is adjacent to a committal shelter is now complete. There have been 43,503 burials in this cemetery since its opening and 2,101 burials in this fiscal year. There is a staff of 25 at this cemetery.
I again with Danny Debolt met with the newly appointed director of the cemetery, Greg Whitney. All three cemeteries have beautiful landscapes, but Mr. Whitney has the most that is undergoing transformation at this time. There have been 7,000 burials since its opening with 1,700 taken place in this fiscal year. There is a staff of 14 at this cemetery.
All three directors gave extensive tours of their cemeteries. They eagerly pointed out particular parts of their cemeteries that they were most proud of and also showed us pre-burial crypts being placed in the ground. All three cemeteries participate in the Wreaths Across America program which will take place this year on December 13th at noon. All three have an Avenue of Flags which has burial sized flags on their poles. These flags are 5 feet by 91/2 feet in dimension. If anyone has or knows of someone who has a burial flag and would like to donate it to be displayed on an Avenue of Flags, please contact one of the cemeteries or contact me.
At the National Convention in Charlotte, NC, I attended the meeting of the National Cemetery Committee. Glenn Powers, the deputy undersecretary for field programs of the national cemetery administration was a guest of the committee. I talked to him about lithochrome on the headstones since a resolution was submitted by national to have lithochrome or a suitable replacement used. He told me that the NCA has determined that lithochrome is not a viable product and they see no need for using anything as white on white is working well. I told him that it is not appropriate because the headstones merely look like rows of unmarked headstones. When I asked him if it was a done deal, he remarked that it is not, but for now all the national cemeteries have been told not to use it. By the way, the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies used to use lithochrome, but have discontinued, Indiantown Gap National Cemetery continues to use it, and Washington Crossing has never used it.
I would like to thank Department Commander Dennis Haas for my appointment to this committee.]]>
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Every post has a legacy. Whether your American Legion post was chartered in 1919 or 1991, it has a story. Behind every namesake, there was a man or woman who made an important contribution or sacrifice. In times of tragedy, triumph and troop support, your post has stepped up and proudly served, helped others and left a mark that will not be forgotten. In words, photos and chronologies, this legacy is what we celebrate.
Every post has a vision. The 100th anniversary of the American Legion is not only an opportunity to look back on all your post has achieved. It is also the perfect time to chart a course for the second century. New generations of veterans depend on the kind of vision shared and expressed by the World War I-era founders. That vision proved timeless. How will your post extend the same vision and values to future generations?
The 100th American Legion National Convention in 2018 and the Department Convention in 2018 kicks off a 15 month commemoration to honor the organization’s first century of service and propel it into the second.
Minneapolis, home of the 1st American Legion National convention in 1919, will serve as host city of the 100th National Convention Aug 24-30, 2018. Centennial events and activities will be conducted at the national, department and post levels through the 101st National convention in Indianapolis Aug. 23-29, 2019, and will culminate on Veterans Day 2019.
Start Planning. On the local level, this 15 month celebration offers posts the opportunity to celebrate their legacy, enhance The American Legion brand, and foster a new era of growth and resonance within post communities. By forming post, district and department centennial committees, Legionnaires can plan special events and initiatives that will fulfill these missions. National Headquarters has started to prepare many tools that will help facilitate such efforts.
• Model committees
• National Centennial Website (Post History Portals/Vision Forum)
• Resource Guide
• Post History Workbook
• Media kit/PR tools
• Centennial-themed Emblem Sales merchandise
Get Organized. Organizing a centennial committee can make it easier to plan and execute 100th Anniversary events. A department committee made up of district centennial chairmen can help filter and deliver information from National Headquarters to local posts. A post committee can help distribute the workload of gathering and sharing the post’s history, building connections within the community and planning events.
Use the Tools. National Headquarters will provide many tools for posts and departments to use in the years leading up to the 100th Anniversary. The biggest and best tool available is already under construction – the Centennial Celebration website.
Share Your Legacy. One of the main features of the Centennial Celebration website is the Post History page. A post can start a page – hosted by National Headquarters – that will share the post’s history and legacy. Once established, members and friends of the post can add events to the timeline to broaden understanding of the post’s place in the community.
Advance the Vision. The 100th anniversary is not just about the celebration of the American legion’s history. It is also an opportunity to enhance the branding of the organization in communities around the world and foster a new season of growth and service.
Work with post leaders to develop a vision statement about where your post is heading in the next century. Will you focus on youth programs? Disaster preparedness? Transition assistance? Share your vision with your community and other Legion posts.
Set milestones and goals to help your post realize its vision for the future. Think about how you can tie those events into your centennial celebrations.
Many hands make light work. While you are out in the community sharing your legacy, invite new members to help fulfill the vision for the future. Strive for an all-time membership high in your post during the centennial celebration.
Share your vision and the successes as you embark on your journey with our Centennial Vision Forum. Let other posts know what works in your community so they might develop similar plans.
The American legion’s 100th Anniversary Observance Committee has begun planning commemoration activities that emphasize local posts and departments. A number of national events and initiatives are also being planned. They include:
• An American Legion historical video series, including a special documentary about the Legion’s continuing role as parent of the GI Bill of Rights
• Commemorative certificates and other recognitions for Legion centennial posts
• Centennial convention in 2018 and 2019, featuring distinguished American figures whose lives have been influenced by the Legion
• A special gift to the nation
• The unearthing of a time capsule buried in St. Louis
• Exhibits at national museums
• At least two special Centennial American Legion legacy Run motorcycle rides
• Two new illustrated books about the Legion and its place in the fabric of America
Our Committee meetings were held at Department Headquarters on June 7 and August 16, 2014 and were called to order by Chairman Samuel W. Worley. It was a real pleasure to see the following Committee members in attendance: Jack McGuire, Ann Manley, Joseph Gunkel, Edwin Smith and James McCurdy.
For the school year 2014-2015, there were 11 renewals and 10 new applications for Plan 1 scholarships and no renewals or applications for Plan II scholarships; thereby making a total of 21 scholarships for an expenditure of $21,000.
Thirty five additional applications were reviewed by the committee and were found ineligible by not meeting the requirements as established by the committee.
Income received from the “In Memorial” programs and contributions for the period of January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013 as follows:
EAST $ 910.00
In closing, it has been my personal pleasure to serve as chairman of the committee. It is my sincere hope that more posts would become active in the interests of our youth and earnestly seek out young people needing funds to continue their education. The committee discussed the program at great length and agreed to contact guidance counselors at the various high schools urging them to refer qualifying students to make applications to the program.
The committee examined financial information and reaffirmed criteria necessary to submit scholarship applications and upgraded and broadened requirements.
A news release was prepared by the Committee and will be forthcoming in a future issue of the “Keystone News” giving full information for the Scholarship Endowment Program.
My thanks to the committee members for their concern and dedication and especially my thanks to Debbie Watson and Richelle Savant for their help to the committee. My sincere thanks to Department Commander Dennis Haas for my appointment. God bless our troops and God bless America.]]>
When Joe Landry was drafted, he asked to be “boosted up” so he could go into the Army with two of his friends. They ended up not going. In March 1944, Landry, an 18-year-old mechanic, landed in Scotland.
He became a heavy truck driver for anti-aircraft artillery. He drove, his comrades shot down planes.
During the Battle of the Bulge, Landry transported equipment and personnel.
“The closest call was on one of my trips I had a bullet go through the right-hand windshield and embed itself in what they call a headboard behind the cab,” he said. He also saw the bodies of the men killed in the Malmedy Massacre in Belgium. “When you’re 18, 19, there isn’t really too much that really bothers you. You’re indispensable.”
At the time, the speed of the Army impressed him the most.
“With General Patton’s 3rd Army trucks, he said he didn’t want any of them idle, so everybody was moving,” Landry said. Although as part of an anti-aircraft team, his truck would sometimes stay planted for a week or two, guns ready.
“Being a truck driver I got to go a lot of places and saw a lot of things but I was not in the ditches like the poor infantry guys,” Landry said.
Meanwhile, back at home, his parents worried. Landry had three brothers and a sister serving, too.
“My mother’s hair turned white while we were gone,” he said. “They were proud. They had one of those five-star flags they had at the time.”
Photo: Joe Landry, a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, takes a photo at the Fort Jackson military museum during a recent tour.
Though two of his brothers and a sister served during World War II, it wasn’t uncommon. Landry said from his hometown, which had a population of about 2500, 336 people served. However, one coincidence brought home to the front.
“I was going between the city or town of Metz, France to Dordogne, France, and there was a truck in front of me with my brother’s numbers on it. I blew the horn and he finally stopped. I asked the driver where they were stationed and he said, ‘Oh right down the street,’ so I followed him to my older brother [Harold], who I hadn’t seen in two-and-a-half years. … It was about a week before Thanksgiving ’44 and we spent Thanksgiving dinner together.
“I knew he was in Europe but I didn’t know where. Both of us were kind of crying we were so happy to see each other,” Landry said. They visited a few more times before they were separated. The next time they saw each other would be at home.
There, Landry married and had a family. His son, Steven, retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Army Chemical Corps. He’s been a member of the American Legion George J. Morin Post 183 nearly 70 years, and enjoys Honor Guard and sharing his experiences with schoolchildren.]]>
Investopedia did a little digging and came up with seven top jobs for professionals who have retired. Check out our take on them below:
1. Consulting – If you don’t want to break into a new field, you might be able to leverage all the experience you gained in your old one. Consulting requires a bit of hustling, but if you have the expertise then all you’ll need is proper marketing and networking. If you adopt a truly professional attitude, there may be plenty of individuals and organizations who would like to take advantage of your expertise.
2. Craftsman – If you don’t need to earn a large income and enjoy making unique items, retirement is the perfect time to turn up your production rate and earn a bit of money on the side. Whether you’re making jewelry, statues, ornaments, or clothing, hand-made items can enjoy modest success. Many consumers want to purchase individually crafted items because they come with a sense of personability that buying retail usually doesn’t grant. Websites like eBay and Etsy can help make your crafting profitable.
3. Entrepreneurship – Starting a business is a goal that’s hard to reach for many young people. Doing so takes time, money, and experience, all of which aren’t easy to come by. If you’re retired and have some capital available, it might be time to start a company. If you’re not working or committing the majority of your time to other ventures, make sure you spend as much time as possible researching and planning before implementing your idea. When time is on your side, the worst step you can take is to under-prepare.
4. Art – If you’ve always wanted to do that one creative thing but just never found the time, post-retirement might be the ideal stage to pursue your artistic ambitions. You don’t have to shoot for fame and fortune; there are plenty of artists who enjoy success as teachers or by selling their creations online for modest sums. Whatever your reasoning, just let your passion for art guide you and figure out how to share it with others.
5. Working Online – If you know where to look, there are a lot of jobs that are completely done online. This work tends to be on the lower paying end, but it’ll keep you busy and bring in extra money. Be on the lookout for positions like editor, writer, virtual assistant, tutor, and online juror.
6. Retail Sales – It doesn’t pay the best, but it will keep you active and among plenty of people. Retail work provides employees the opportunity to interact with others all day and stay on their feet. These jobs typically require a bit of energy, so if you like to move at a leisurely pace, this may not be the best fit for you.
7. Teaching – If you have a lot of experience and knowledge to share, why not make some money doing it? There are plenty of teaching positions available to retired individuals including tutoring, part-time positions, and daycare work. You don’t usually need a teaching credential for these types of positions, so it may be the perfect way to make some money, spend time with people, and share your wealth of knowledge.]]>