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Pensacola Naval Air Station shooting: 4 dead, multiple injured, including 2 deputies

UPDATE: We have been informed that Western Area Commander, John Eden, is ok and has spoken to his wife.

—Original Message—-

Please pray for all involved in this tragedy. It was reported that Western Area Commander, works at this base, his status is currently unknown.
Our thoughts and prayer are will all those affected.

Click here for Orlando Sentinel article.


Weekly Reports – December 5, 2019


Department Membership Summary
Post Membership Summary



Detachment Membership Summary
Squadron Membership Summary


Weekly Reports – November 27, 2019


Department Membership Summary
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Detachment Membership Summary
Squadron Membership Summary


Kenneth Lee Powell Sr

It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Kenneth Lee Powell Sr, of West Palm Beach, Florida on Monday, November 25, 2019 at the age of 71. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Natalia, three children, Kenneth Jr, Natasha, and Austin. There are no details regarding services at this time, but any new information will be communicated to you through email as well as posted on the website.

Kenneth was a U.S. Navy Vietnam War Veteran and a member of Memorial American Legion Post 141, West Palm Beach, FL with 27 continuous years of membership. Kenneth served as an Store Manager while in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Kenneth owned and operated many corporations and was active in Rotary International, Rotary Club and was a Life Member of the VFW as well a Paid Up For Life Member of The American Legion.

Kenneth joined The American Legion in 1994 at West Palm Beach, Florida Post 141. He served in many elected and appointed positions during his impressive career in The American Legion including 2 terms as Post Commander. On a Department level, Kenneth, served as; Department Finance Chairman (2007-20014; 11th District Commander (1998-1999); Department Historian (2000-2001); Vice Commander – Southern Area (1999-2000); and Department Commander (2001-2002). On a National level, Kenneth, served on the Department Historians Organization (2000-2001; American Legion Insurance Committee (2000-2012); National Legislative Council (2013-2015); National American Legion Press Association (2004-2008) ; and Revenue Enhancement Committee (2012-2013).

Kenneth’s wife Natalia will be receiving condolences at;

Natalia Powell
1430 Caribbean Road E
West Palm Beach, FL 33406


The Annual American Legion Holiday Blood Drive

The Annual American Legion Holiday Blood Drive will take place Thanksgiving Day through December 31st, 2019.

Legion family members and Posts are encouraged to give blood and host blood drives for this life-saving cause. For information about the American Legion’s Blood Donor Program or how to host a blood drive the blood donor program handbook is available on the resource page of the Department of Florida Legion website: www.floridalegion.org or visit www.legion.org/security/blood.

The 2018-2019 American Legion CPRs showed that nearly 74,000 pints of blood was donated during the past year in post blood drives. Department of Florida came in first place nationally.

Thank you and have a safe and happy holiday season,

Raymond Perez “Ray”
Department Blood Donor Chairman


A time of special gratitude

Commander’s Message
National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford

Dear American Legion Family and Friends,

This is a wonderful time of the year for making special memories with family members, friends and other loved ones with whom we celebrate the holidays. It’s a time to count our blessings, give to others and express our gratitude.

I am thankful for you — the volunteers who make our veterans service organization the largest, strongest and most influential in the nation. We are truly blessed to have selfless volunteers who serve their communities day in and day out.

Just this past weekend, American Legion Family members from the Department of Kansas teamed up to deliver Thanksgiving meals — turkey and all the sides — to families at Fort Riley. It’s a gesture that warms hearts and fills bellies of the families who have a parent deployed or recovering at Fort Riley.

It’s just one of hundreds of example of American Legion posts bringing holiday cheer to families in their communities, now through the Christmas holiday. Share what your post is doing on our Legiontown website.

There are many other ways to spread cheer and goodwill at this time of the year. I hope that you consider:

  • Using AmazonSmiles to benefit The American Legion when you make purchases through the online service. When you sign on to AmazonSmiles using your Amazon account, simply choose The American Legion as your charity of choice. Then Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The American Legion — at no cost to you.
  • Purchasing a collector’s item, The American Legion centennial coins, for yourself or a loved one. Once 2019 turns into 2020, these centennial keepsakes will no longer be available.
  • Making a year-end donation to one of The American Legion’s vital programs that support veterans, military families in need, children and youth, and more.

All of these opportunities help fund American Legion programs for the coming year and beyond. You have my gratitude for all that you do for The American Legion today, throughout the holiday season and into the new year.

Building a foundation for the future,

James W. “Bill” Oxford
National Commander


Weekly Reports – November 22, 2019


Department Membership Summary
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Detachment Membership Summary
Squadron Membership Summary


Weekly Reports – November 14, 2019


Department Membership Summary
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Detachment Membership Summary (coming soon)
Squadron Membership Summary
MyLegion SAL Report


Commander’s Homecoming and Luau

Madeira Beach Post 273 is pleased to announce that the Commander’s Homecoming and Luau will be held on April 18, 2020.

Social hour is from 4:00pm – 6:00pm on the outside deck. Entertainment is by Caladesi Steel Band;  Dinner is from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, inside hall with entertainment by “Both Worlds”; Dance from 8:00pm to 10:00pm; attire is a luau theme, come with a Hawaiin shirt, shorts and sandals (no flip flops); $35 per person, and all proceeds will benefit the Commander’s Charities.


Roasted pig in a pit, oven roasted pork loin, oven roasted chicken with tropical sauce, chard Grill NY strip, shrimp skewer with orange cilantro sauce, pineapple coconut rice, vegetable medley, mango coleslaw, salad ,Hawaiian rolls

Location: American Legion Post 273, 600 American Legion Dr, Madeira Beach, FL 33708

Hotel Accommodations: Marriott Courtyard, next door to the post (24 yards away) 727-392-8088 and the Holiday Inn Express 727-914-7107 across from the CW Bill Young VA (Bay Pines)

In responding, please provide name and phone number of person responsible for the tickets and money. Checks made to Post 273, $35.00 each. You will have the individual fill out the stub, tear it off and keep it while giving the the larger portion of the ticket for them. TICKETS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR. The small stubs you keep will be used for door prizes. If you want a group table please let me know by phone after the group purchases their tickets.

Mail to:
Post 273
ATTN: Ray Perez
600 American Legion Dr.
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

For more information, please email 16history@gmail.com.

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Children Welfare Foundation Report

November 8, 2019 update: Last year the combined donations to The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation totaled $562,052.59 from The American Legion family. June 1, 2019 started our new awards years and tracking.

Donations for the Awards year end on May 31, 2020. Presently we stand at $177,791.08 in donations for the 2019/20 year.

At the October 2019 Board of Directors meeting we granted $811,282.00 to 22 Children Organizations for the 2020 year.

The following are the present donations from June 1, 2019 to November 8, 2019. Each organization with the highest donation on May 31, 2020 will be awarded the Garland Murphy Shadow Box award.

  • Presently the 8/40 Departmental de Arizona is leading in contribution with $576.00.
  • The Department of Kentucky Auxiliary is in 1st place with $4,402.00.
  • Department of Ohio American Legion is leading in donation with $10,100.00.
  • The SAL Detachment of Florida is in 1st place with $16,270.00 in donations.

Below shows 1st to 3rd place in donations:

  • 1st place 8 & 40 Aux Legion SAL Arizona, Kentucky, Ohio, Florida
    Donations $576.00 $4,402.00 $10,100.00 $16,270.00
  • 2nd Place Indiana, Florida, Arizona
    Donations $469.00 $3,407.00 $2,768.96 $8,900.00
  • 3rd place Texas, New York, Virginia, New York
    Donations $295.00 $3,181.94 $2,600.00 $7,503.43

All donations have to be in by May 31, 2020 to qualify for the Garland Murphy and U.S. Udie Grant awards.

Send Checks to:
Child Welfare Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206