Welcome to George P. Vanderveer Post 129     


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 of 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 our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

 "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value."    

-Thomas Paine

Fun Facts:

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy. The original Pledge of Allegiance was published in the September 8th issue of the children’s magazine, The Youth’s Companion, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival in America. The pledge was first recited in unison in the public schools on October 12, 1892.


The Boston Light was the first light station established on the North American continent. The light was lit for
the first time on September 14, 1716. A cannon was America’s first fog signal. The Boston Light was destroyed in the Revolution and rebuilt in 1783. The Boston Light is also our only lighthouse that still has an official keeper.


Did You Know…? That US Navy and the Coast Guard Ships in Florida offloaded 7,400 Pounds of cocaine and 240
pounds Of marijuana, confiscated as part of Operation Martillo, according to a report on the Pentagon
Channel. The drugs were offloaded July 17th at Naval Station Mayport. Sailors And Coast Guardsmen seized the drugs in six separate busts in the Caribbean and eastern Pacific. Officials estimated the load is worth, more than $90 Million! ((July 30, 2012-Navy Times) via Darlene Scheiderman)


On September 7, 1813, Uncle Sam became the nickname for the United States. The story goes that a meat
packer named Samuel Wilson shipped meat in barrels to the Army at war. The barrels were branded with the
initials "U.S." for United States, but the soldiers joked that it referred to "Uncle Sam" who supplied the meat.

Chaplain's Message

23rd psalm

The Lord is my Shepherd -----

that's a Relationship!
I shall not want -----

that's Supply!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures ----

that's Rest!
He leadeth me beside the still waters -----

that's Refreshment!
He restoreth my soul –

that's Healing!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness –

 that's Guidance!
For His name's sake -----

that's Purpose!
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death –

that's Testing!
I will fear no evil -----

 that's Protection!
For Thou art with me -----

that's Faithfulness!
Thy rod and Thy staff comfort me -----

that's Discipline!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies ---

that's Hope!
Thou annointest my head with oil -----

that's Consecration!
My cup runneth over -----

 that's Abundance!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life---

that's Blessing!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord -----

that's Security!
Forever -----

that's Eternity!

Eligibility Requirements for American Legion Membership

If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion.
  • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism)
  • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama)
  • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada)
  • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
  • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War)
  • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)
  • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)