American Legion Post 19 Orlando
Corner Stone From Our 1st Building
June 6, 1919 former servicemen met to start post 19, Their charter was approved September 20, 1920. Commander William Beardall was the first post commander and who's son was a member and became the Mayor of Orlando in 1940. Existing at the time in Orlando was an informal community consisting of former Civil War, Spanish War and 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 as 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 committee was formed to name the Post and the Post was named "The Orlando Memorial Post 19”. Post 19 has had 4 commanders go on to be State of Florida commanders.
An Auxiliary of American Legion Post 19 was formed in 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 American Legion Post 19 was formed in 1932. 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.
A new addtion to Post 19 is our Legion Riders officially chartered to our post November 8th, 2014.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community and conducts Memorial Day services at the Greenwood Cemetery Veterans section each year. In addition to memorial events throughout the Orlando 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 graves with the assistance of the Boy Scouts of America on this National Holiday.
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. Annually the Post 19 had the lead and sponsored the Armistice Day Parade. An important tradition was established when the Post led in 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. The City of Orlando has since taken the lead for all Veterans Day Parades.
Registration Of Graves
Since it's inception American Legion Post 19 has been a leader in this community in the area of graves registration; which has been incorporated by all the American Legion Posts in Orange County. American Legion Post 19 was deeded burial plots in the Greenwood Cemetery. Each year, active members and Boy Scout volunteers place a flag on each Veteran's grave.
Scholarships and Community Projects
American LegionPost 19 sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. The post sponsors Boys and Girls State and holds an annual oritorical contest for local high school students with the potential to reach the national contest. The post is also a sponsor of Wreaths Across America and place wreaths at Greedwood Cemetery. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the National American Legion.
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