Southeast Area Vice Commander Gary Moore of the American Legion paid a visit to the Netherland-Caprio Post 111 in Crossett on Thursday, May 11.
Moore came to Crossett to present the post members, the Legion Auxiliary members, and their family members with the Post Excellence Award from their organization.
The purpose of the award is to recognize those Legion posts whose members, along with the Auxiliary members and the rest of their families, have facilitated membership growth for their organization through community involvement.
One fortunate result of the Legion’s local community involvement is that through the course of performing each act of community service, their actions and presence bring attention to their organization, which could potentially benefit those veterans who may need the services the Legion provides.
Crossett Mayor Crystal Marshall was present for the occasion, as were a crowd comprised of Post 111 members and their families.
Marshall read the award for Moore while he presented Post Commander Steven Lochala with the framed document and a commemorative National Commander Vincent J. “JIM” Troiola’s VETS license plate.
Another qualification that must be met, besides the membership growth, in order to qualify for this award is that the post must have submitted its Consolidated Post Report (CPR), which shows all the ways the Legion members are positively influencing and affecting their communities through their activities and programs.
Some of the programs the American Legion engages with the community through are the Arkansas Boys State program, Flag Education, Scouting, and Junior Shooting Sports.
The American Legion also offers six various scholarship opportunities through their organization to students that meet the specific criteria for each one, including the National High School Oratorial Scholarship, the Eagle Scout of the Year, and the Legacy Scholarship.
The American Legion encourages its members to stay involved in their local school systems and maintain a cooperative working relationship with the district’s educators and administrators.
The American Legion supports these scholarships because the organization values education and believes it to be the cornerstone on which the nation’s future is built.
Veterans with an honorable discharge are welcome at the monthly meetings, which are held every month, on the second Thursday at 6 p.m.
Those who cannot attend the meeting may stop by their building and share a cup of coffee at their coffee call, every Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.
The American Legion Post 111 is located at 807 Main St. in Crossett; call 870-500-7866 for more information.