Welcome to the American Legion in London England Post EG01's Website.
On December 18, 1920 our Post received its Charter as a post assigned to the Department of New York.
Message from the Commander UK Post 1 London:
As Commander of UK Post 1 London UK I want to urge all of our members to follow the instructions concerning Covid-19 (Corona) virus to the fullest, it is in our best interest and only chance to beat this virus. Due to the fact that we are located all over the UK and even Belgium it is easy to feel that we are on our own or even forgotten by our comrades. This is not true and I want to urge every member to remember that they should not hesitate to reach out for help in these difficult times. If I or one of our other Officers do not have the answer to help you find the assistance needed I am sure that one of our Comrades does. Together we are strong and if we all can contribute to helping a fellow veteran with words of comfort, concrete advise where the required assistance can be found, or just performing Buddy Checks to find if out he or she is OK then we can say that we are meeting our moral obligation to each other. Remember “No Man Left Behind” and how important that is in these difficult times.
I and my Wife Anne wish you and yours all the best. Be safe, STAY HOME, and stay healthy.
James FitzGerald, Commander American Legion UK Post 1 London England, Department of New York
A message from our National Commander
Dear American Legion Family Members and Friends,
This is a holiday season like none other. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken more than 320,000 Americans from their loved ones and sickened 18 million more. It has interrupted our daily lives and foisted social-distancing regulations upon us in order to stop the spread from worsening. These important measures have often led to isolation and loneliness for veterans and their families.
Yet, there is hope.
Vaccines are now being administered. While it will take most of 2021 to inoculate the majority of Americans, this scientific advancement has immense potential.
And, of course, the celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah and the new year stir feelings of hope, rebirth and joy. After a tumultuous 2020, we could all use a fresh start.
Personally, I have found hope on a daily basis as I have read and heard about how American Legion posts are going above and beyond to serve their communities this year. There are countless stories about how posts are providing food to community members in need, performing Buddy Checks to connect with at-risk veterans, organizing safe blood donation drives, celebrating milestones in veterans’ lives and so much more.
Don’t forget that at this time of the year depression sinks in for many, including veterans who find themselves alone. With the pandemic limiting travel and visitation at this time of celebration, there will likely be many more veterans who are isolated at the holidays. This is an excellent opportunity for American Legion members to reach out and perform Buddy Checks with these veterans. A simple phone call will go a long way in brightening a veteran’s day. A helpful Buddy Check kit can be downloaded here.
Perhaps emboldened by the season of giving, American Legion members are continuing to serve their communities. I’ve noticed a steady flow of terrific examples that continued this past weekend, including:
- In Albany, Ore., members of Post 10 stood in the rain for three hours handing out Christmas presents to 1,350 children under the age of 12.
- In Somerville, N.J., American Legion Post 12 helped place 1,500 wreaths on veterans’ gravesites as part of Wreaths Across America day on Dec. 19.
- Other posts also participated, including Post 278 in the Department of Maryland, where Nikki Randolph and other members delivered the “ultimate honor.”
- In the mountains of Arizona, American Legion Post 86 in Heber-Overgaard conducted its annual remembrance event.
- And across the nation, American Legion Family members joined in the commemoration.
I’d encourage you to share how your post is serving your community during the holidays, or as we continue to fight COVID-19. Visit legiontown.org to share these wonderful stories.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your selfless service that improves the lives of veterans, children, their families and the communities in which they live.
In this unique time in our lives, I wish you and your loves ones good health, a very Merry Christmas, a belated Happy Hanukkah and a bright New Year.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans about The American Legion.
In contrast to other veterans organizations, the Legion offers a number of local programs and activities to strengthen its commitment to our nation’s grass roots and the people we serve. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs; it continues to educate youths on the importance of sportsmanship and develops the quality of our country’s citizenship. The Heroes to Hometowns program is the only nationwide reintegration assistance service for wounded veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Additionally, millions of dollars in donations have been given to fellow veterans and their families in times of grief, and various scholarship opportunities ensure the future success of our youth.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvements in the legislation process. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands not behind politics, but the issues and people that institute progress by focusing on veterans rights and quality of life.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.