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American Legion Post holds officer initiation

By Dom Fimiano

American Legion

The Long Beach Donny Levens American Legion Post 1995 is a nonprofit organization

of military veteran service members providing opportunities to continue serving the community through charitable events and fundraising opportunities. The American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans service organization dedicated to mentoring youth and promoting charitable activities. The events focus on assisting others within the organization and community. The recent American Legion officer initiations at the Post included the Ladies Auxiliary and American Legion Rider Unit.

American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary originally formed to support and promote American Legion activities. Auxiliary members include male and female spouses of veterans and female family members of veterans eligible for American Legion membership. The Auxiliary has grown into an organization that supports hundreds of volunteer programs while raising millions of dollars annually. They serve communities volunteering thousands of hours supporting local charities and veteran services. Auxiliary ideals mirror the Legion’s interests in serving the entire community.

American Legion Riders honor fallen military men and women. They ride to protect the sanctity of military funerals from those who would interrupt services to dishonor their memory. Riders escort military units to departure fields and welcome them when returning home. Fundraising is important to the American Legion Riders. They participate in local and national fundraising events supporting VA hospitals, women and children centers, youth centers, schools and organizations that assist women, children and wounded veterans.

Post meetings are the first Tuesday of each month, and other activities are scheduled each month that include both members and visitors. Post activities always welcome volunteers to assist and participate in the activities. Long Beach American Legion Post Adjutant Officer Charlie Martinek recommends emailing him at to get information about upcoming activities. Those interested can also visit the Donnie Levens American Legion Post 1995, Long Beach, MS social media pages.

The Riders are hosting a Charitable Benefit Poker Run for Lee Gollotte on Saturday, September 25, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m., with dinner following. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Long Beach VFW. All vehicle types are welcome.

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