Join Post 50
The American Legion, approved by an act of
congress, is a social and armed forces. The organization
was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe after
World War I,.. The group has nearly 3 million members in
over 14,000 Posts worldwide.
A Post is the basic unit of the American Legion and
usually represents a small geographic area such as a single
town or part of a county.
A Post is used for formal business such as meetings and
a coordination point for community service projects. A Post
member is distinguished by a navy blue garrison cap with
NY Legion Post 50 of Pelham, New York,
Westchester County was established in October 1923 ,
dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead
high-quality lives with respect and dignity.We accomplish this
by ensuring that veterans and their families, can access the
full range of benefits available
WHAT MAKES OUR POST UNIQUE:
We are a small post, we do not even have a building, and yet
we support a Boy Scout Troop (1), we have scholarships,
sponsor Boys State, and promote Americanism . We
participate in several military ceremony. In short, we are a
little post with a big agenda.
When to Display your Flag
The flag should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on all days when the weather permits, especially on:
New Year's Day, January 1.
Martin Luther King's Birthday, Third Monday in January.
Washington's Birthday, February 22.
Mother's Day, Second Sunday in May.
Armed Forces Day, Third Saturday in May.
Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), Last Monday in May.
Flag Day, June 14th.
Independence Day, July 4th.
Labor Day, First Monday in September.
Constitution Day, September 17th.
Columbus Day, October 12th.
Veterans Day, November 11th.
Thanksgiving Day, Fourth Thursday in November.
Christmas Day, December 25th.
Election Days (various).
Federally observed dates of the above holidays which may be different from the actual dates.
Such days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States.
State and Local Holidays.
Folding the Flag
1. Bring the striped half up over the blue field.
2. Then fold it in half again.
3. Bring the lower striped corner to the upper edge forming a triangle.
4. Then fold the upper point in to form another triangle. Continue until the entire length of the
flag is folded.
5. When you get near the end - nothing but the blue field showing - tuck the last bit into the
other folds to secure it.
WHY THE AMERICAN FLAG IS FOLDED 13 TIMES.
Have you ever noticed on TV or at military funerals that the honor guard pays meticulous
attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times? Each fold of the U.S. flag has an
important meaning. We have verified its accuracy at the U.S. Air Force Academy Web site [go
to main page, then click on "Information", then on "Flags"].
1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who
gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.
4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to
Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.
5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in
dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we 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.
7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we
protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they are found within or
without the boundaries of our republic.
8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death,
that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty
and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has
10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for
the defense of our country since they were first born.
11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal
of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and
12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and
glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.
13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's
motto, "In God We Trust". After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the
appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General
George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones.
Those who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United
States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.