Siloam Post 29
Less than a year after the “war to end all wars”, a group of Siloam Springs Veterans met to organize and to petition The American Legion, Federation of Arkansas, for membership. Their petition was was presented to the Arkansas Federation Headquarters in Little Rock on July 26, 1919. The Charter for Siloam Post 29 was approved July 31, 1919. Existing at the time in 1919 was an informal community consisting of former World War I Veterans. The decision to organize an American Legion Post resulted from the conclusion of these Veterans that the American Legion was the representative Veterans’ organization in this country. That conclusion has been proven true as today the American Legion is the largest wartime Veterans’ organization with nearly 15,000 local Posts throughout America and over 3 million members who care about America, Veterans, their families and our nation’s youth.
A Women’s Auxiliary of Siloam Post 29 was formed Feb 19, 1927. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it’s Auxiliary. Auxiliary members are always anxious and willing to co-operate in every Legion activity.
A Sons of the Legion for Siloam Post 29 was formed Jan 19, 2011. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it’s Sons of Legion unit, which gained statewide recognition because of it’s programs of service.
An American Legion Riders for Siloam Post 29 was formed Jan 17, 2010. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it’s Rider Chapter, which is very active in Northwest Arkansas with it’s programs of service.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Siloam Springs, Arkansas community, the goal of every Veteran to it’s last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and the post places flags on all Veterans’ graves on this National Holiday. A Memoorial Day Ceremony is conducted each Memorial Day.
ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS’ DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans. It has been in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Annually the Post sponsors the Veterans’ Day Parade. An important tradition was established when the Post ledin the memorial exercises at 11 o’clock on the morning of November 11, marking the exact hour of the cessation of hostility on the war fronts.
Registration Of Graves
Since it’s inception American Legion Post 29 has been a leader of graves registration. Grave Registration enables all interested parties to locate the site of the grave of each Veteran. Each year, active members place a flag on each Veteran’s grave.
Scholarships and Community Projects
Siloam Post 29 sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by The Department of Arkansas and the National American Legion.
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