UNFORTUNATELY, WITH THE CORONA VIRUS PROBLEM,
OUR AMERICAN LEGION POST IS COMPLETELY CLOSED!
EVEN THE BAR IS NOW COMPLETELY CLOSED.
THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENTS ARE LIMITING SOCIAL GATHERING SIZES TO TEN PEOPLE. THEY EXPLAIN THAT "IF PEOPLE DON'T SOCIALIZE, THEY DON'T SPREAD THE VIRUS."
EVEN WHEN SMALL NUMBERS OF PEOPLE GATHER, THE GOVERNMENT RECOMMENDS THEY STAY SIX FEET APART FROM EACH OTHER. THEY CALL THAT "SOCIAL DISTANCING."
IN SUMMARY: NO BINGO. NO FISH FRIES. NO GENERAL MEETINGS. NO MARINE CORP MEETINGS. NO SAL BREAKFASTS. NO HALL RENTALS. NO CARD PLAYER MEETINGS. NO HONOR FLIGHT MEETINGS. AND FINALLY NO BAR OPERATION.
HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST? RIGHT NOW, THE GOVERNMENT HAS SAID EIGHT WEEKS. THAT'S APPROXIMATELY MAY 10th. WHILE WE HOPE THE GOVERNMENT WILL ARRANGE TESTING AND FIND SOLUTIONS THAT WILL REDUCE THE NUMBER OF CORONA VIRUS CASES APPEARING EACH DAY AND THUS ALLOW THEM TO SHORTEN THAT TIME, WE CANNOT BE SURE THEY CAN OR WILL DO ALL THAT IS NECESSARY. IN FACT, THE EIGHT WEEKS MIGHT BE EXTENDED IF CORONA VIRUS CASES ARE STILL OCCURRING IN LARGE NUMBERS.
WATCH THIS WEBSITE FOR UPDATES OR CHANGES TO THIS EDICT. CHECK BACK OFTEN AS WE STRIVE TO FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES AND KEEP OUR MEMBERS AND OUR VISITORS HEALTHY.
We invite you to visit us at our monthly meetings on the fourth Monday of each month (except December) at 7 PM. Come early and visit before and after the meeting.
For an informal visit, stop by any weekday between 2 and 6 PM and go to the lower level. You will like the atmosphere (and the beer prices).
Note: the 6 PM ending time is much later on Bingo Thursday nights.
Speaking of Bingo nights, (AND Fish Fry Nights) Be sure to visit our Calendar for when we are having those events. (Don't forget to expand the size of the calendar with the Plus symbol in the lower-right corner.)
New addition to the Calendar page: Fish Fry Dates and Menu. Check it out!
However, if the weather threatens, check HERE on this web page or on our Facebook Page for last minute changes. We may change or cancel events if there's a chance our visitors could slip on ice or snow.
The Friends of Jefferson Barracks invite all Legionaires and WWII history buffs to the current exhibit (Looking Back From 75 Years – The Liberation of Northwestern Europe) in the Ordnance Room Museum at the Jefferson Barracks County Park Historic Site.
The exhibit initially focuses on the preparation for the invasion, the D-Day landing, and the Battle of the Hedgerows, then – in early summer - focuses on the race across France and into the Rhineland, and concludes – in the fall – with the Battle of the Bulge.
The exhibit is open Wednesday through Sunday from noon until 4 PM. The exhibit has no admission charge ( donations are appreciated).
John Chapman (Post 208 and The Friends of Jefferson Barracks)
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.
Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth.
Chartered the same year as the National American Legion (in 1919), Walter Le Pere American Legion Post 208 in Manchester, Missouri has proudly welcomed VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community. Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends, and families, embodied in the preamble of the American Legion which reads:
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES TOGETHER FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
To the wonderful patriotic citizens of the Manchester, Missouri and the surrounding communities. Monies raised by our Post are used to support Legion programs in our surrounding community. Help us to continue sponsoring these vital programs for our children; giving aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans, and their families. Help us continue to support these worthy community programs and projects.