AMERICAN LEGION POST 84

ORONO, MAINE

OUR LEGION

AS YOU DRIVE DOWN ROUTE 2 IN ORONO, YOU WILL SEE A BROWN BUILDING THAT HAS A GLASS-FRONT ENTRANCE WAY .  THERE IS A FLAGPOLE WITH THE AMERICAN FLAG, AND BELOW THAT,  A PRISONER OF WAR FLAG, BOTH FLYING PROUDLY.  THE FLAG REMINDS US OF OUR BOTHERS AND SISTERS THAT HAVE YET TO COME HOME FROM FIGHTING THEIR WAR.  THIS BUILDING IS LONG AND VERY STURDY, WITH ITS STRENGTH COMING FROM WITHIN THE WALLS.

THERE ARE OVER 316 MEMBERS THAT BREATHE LIFE INTO THIS SHELL, STRONG ARMS THAT REACH INTO THE COMMUNITY AND PROVIDE THE COMMUNITY WITH ASSISTANCE TO THOSE CITIZENS IN NEED.

THIS SHELL, THAT IS SO MUCH LIKE THE MEMBERS THAT GAVE THEMSELVES TO SERVE MANKIND, ARE NO LONGER SOLDIERS, BUT STILL GIVE AND CARRY ON THE TRADITIONS OF GIVING TO THE NEEDY.

THIS AMERICAN LEGION POST WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1919.  IT WAS LOCATED ON MAIN STREET IN ORONO FOR ITS FIRST FIVE YEARS.

THE POST GREW IN HEART AS IT MEMBERSHIP GREW. IT HAS BEEN THE GOAL OF THIS POST TO ASSIST EVERYONE IN NEED.

EVERY YEAR, THIS POST, HOLDS A RECOGNITION DINNER IN HONOR OF TOWN OF ORONO EMPLOYEES.

IN THIS MANNER,  POST MEMBERS THANK ALL EMPLOYEES FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE TOWN.  

IT IS BELIEVED BY SOME THAT THE ROLE SHOULD BE REVERSED; THE TOWN OF ORONO SHOULD BE HONORING THE POST FOR ALL ITS CONTRIBUTIONS.  AS A TOWN EMPLOYEE, I BELIEVE THAT TO BE THE CASE.

THERE IS A SPIRIT WITHIN THE TOWN OF ORONO; THIS SPIRIT RUNS DEEP AS BOTH THE TOWN AND THE POST  JOIN TOGETHER IN MANY PROJECTS DESIGNED TO HELP CITIZENS.  WITHOUT THIS JOINING OF HANDS, THERE ARE CHILDREN WHO WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO ENGAGE IN BASEBALL OR HOCKEY . THERE WOULD NOT BE PROGRAMS THAT TEACH CHILDREN TO LEARN AND TO BE TAUGHT HONESTY BY THE BOYS AND GIRL SCOUT PROGRAMS SPONSORED BY THE POST AND TOWN.

THERE ARE POLICE OFFICERS THAT CAN BE A LITTLE SAFER WITH HELP FROM THE POST.  BULLETPROOF VESTS WERE PURCHASED BY THE LEGION  IN SHOW OF SUPPORT FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.  ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS THE FINE SUPPORT THAT THE LEGION GIVES TO THE SENIOR CITIZENS DURING THE HOLIDAYS.  THE ELDERLY ARE ABLE TO GET MUCH NEEDED FOOD AND OTHER CARE, ALWAYS WITH A SMILE FROM LEGIONNAIRES.  MUCH HAPPINESS IS BROUGHT TO THE HEART OF THESE DURING THEIR AUTUMN YEARS.

IN YET ANOTHER AREA, THE LEGION STRONGLY SHOWS THEIR SUPPORT BY SPONSORING A  LIFE-LIKE CHILD'S GAME CALLED PLAY LIFE SAFE.  THIS CAME IS DESIGNED TO KEEP CHILDREN FROM MAKING MISTAKES THAT COULD CAUSE HARM OR EVEN LOSS OF LIFE.

I COULD GO ON AND ON, BUT I BELIEVE YOU CAN SEE THE PICTURE, ONE THAT DEPICTS AN AMERICAN FLAG  FLUTTERING IN THE BREEZE, ONE THAT SHOWS  MILLIONS OF AMERICANS SINGING A SONG THAT HAS LIVED WHERE EVER ANY AMERICAN SOLDIER, SAILOR, MARINE, OR AIRMAN HAS BEEN.

GOD BLESS AMERICAN, GOD BLESS THE AMERICAN FLAG AND GOD BLESS OUR AMERICAN LEGION.

                                                 Written By:  Linwood Green, Orono, Maine

 

                                  

DON'T LET OUR FALLEN BROTHERS AND SISTERS BE FORGOTTEN.   THEY WILL NEVER BE LOST IF WE KEEP THEIR MEMORIES ALIVE.

MEMBERS FROM ALL BRANCHES OF THE SERVICE

 

The American Legion Organization
Maine Chapters

For more information contact
Linwood "OD" Green
 

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