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Sons of the American Legion reactivates Long Beach Squadron


The Long Beach Squadron of the Sons of the American Legion was reactivated on January 27, 2022, at the VFW Hall in Long Beach. Special guest speaker was Jon Mark Herrington, Commander of the Mississippi Detachment of the Sons of the American Legion, who oversaw the proceedings. Reactivation was initiated by Bill Moran, Executive Committeeman of American Legion Post 1995. Officers inducted included Squadron Commander Mark Martinek, 1st Vice Commander Kevin McKinzie, 2nd Vice Commander JP Geraci, Adjutant and Finance Officer Charlie Martinek, Chaplain Rich Gillman, Historian Tommy Carroll and Sergeant-At-Arms Lee Gollette.

The Sons of the American Legion, created in 1932, is an organized program within the American Legion. It is made up of boys and men of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the United States military and became eligible for membership in the American Legion.


The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders make up the Legion Family, which consists of about 3.4 million members.


All four organizations place high importance on preserving American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for the nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families and, perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.


The mission of the Sons of the American Legion is to support veterans and their families, promote patriotism and Americanism and to advocate for programs which benefit the youth of the country.


For more information about the American Legion family, contact Kevin McKenzie at jkmckenzie@comcast.net or Charlie Martinek at charlesmartinek66@gmail.com.


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