American Legion tabletop project honors post’s rootsThe American Legion recently launched a new project - applying decals and new paint to some of the tables at the post in Two Harbors. The project began a week prior to Heritage Days and focuses on reconnecting the veteran’s organization to its military roots in a very creative way.
By: Chaviely Dellinger, Lake County News Chronicle
The American Legion recently launched a new project - applying decals and new paint to some of the tables at the post in Two Harbors. The project began a week prior to Heritage Days and focuses on reconnecting the veteran’s organization to its military roots in a very creative way.
“Very simply, it’s restoring the military connection,” said Vince Sando, Lake County Veterans Service Officer and the Second Vice Commander of the Two Harbors post. Sando is closely involved in this project, as it was his idea. He said that restoring the military connection in the last veteran’s post in Lake County is very important to him, especially since he’s a veteran himself.
“I wanted to restore the connection, as a symbol of pride and service. I, myself, am proud of my service,” Sando said. “I’m military, I’m retired military.”
The effort is not part of any official initiative, but Sando said he’s working out the finances so that more of the Legion’s tables can eventually wear a fresh coat of paint and a decal. He also said the purchase of more tables is a possibility. Some of the tables, however, by special request, will be left as is.
Sando recently applied a black and white POW/MIA decal to one table. It was the first to receive the upgrade. Two others have been painted - one in desert camouflage and the other in woodland camouflage.
“They look good, they look sharp. And they were done to represent the different branches of the military,” said Jennifer Havlick, Second Vice Chairwoman of Auxillary and Executive Board Member at the American Legion.
The American Legion is the largest veterans service organization, incorporated by Congress in 1919. Multiple programs are sponsored by the organization, including American Legion Baseball and the Heroes to Hometowns program. They are a not for profit organization dedicated to helping the veterans community and families.
Members are very important to the success of the American Legion. If there are any veterans out there eligible for membership, please contact the Two Harbors post. New members are always welcome.