American Legion national commander visits Post 123
As part of his tour of South Florida, American Legion National Commander James “Bill” W. Oxford visited the American Legion Post 123 — which serves both Sanibel and Captiva — on Feb. 8.
Arriving just after 2:30 p.m., he spent an hour and half meeting legion, squadron and auxiliary members, as well as visiting with patrons. Post 123 Commander Tim Moore reported that there were lots of photo ops. The highlight of the visit was Oxford sharing his vision and priorities for the American Legion in front of an audience of over 20 before departing.
First, he noted the many accomplishments of the posts throughout the United States, from youth scholarship programs and veteran aid campaigns, to its support of Boys State, to name a few.
Oxford also explained that none of the accomplishments would be possible without the legion’s membership — the foundation upon which the legion stands and which is linked to its future. But, he noted that membership numbers are moving in the wrong direction. Oxford emphasized it is every legionnaire’s responsibility and challenge to reach out to the growing family of veterans and those in the community and invite them to join. Membership is open to all, regardless of place and time of service.
In turn, Moore challenged every Sanibel and Captiva veteran to visit Post 123 and see it: A smoke-free place for veterans to meet and support programs for less fortunate fellow veterans and their families.
“We need veterans like you more than ever,” he said. “If you are already a member, re-up for 2021, and if not — join today.”
For more information, contact Post 123 at 239-472-9979.