Department of Florida

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Western Area Commander

December 2022

As we approach the end of 2022, let’s all finish strong. There is still work to do and much to plan for.

I truly hope that everyone had a great Fall Conference. The conference is one of the best learning experiences in the legion. Whether you desire to hold an office or, more importantly, just to become that informed member, Conference is a good place to begin your learning experience. The conference gives you a base to grow your knowledge about the legion, how the programs work, and how the offices support the programs. The more members know about their legion, the stronger we are as an organization.

November 11th was Veterans day. Did you stop and thank another veteran for their service, March in a parade, go to a celebration at a park and eat hamburgers and hot dogs? I hope you did, but I also hope that you took a minute to remember that brother or sister-in-arms that you have not heard from in a while and gave them a call and thanked them. Come on, team, BE THE ONE; reach out to all the veterans and make sure they know that YOU got their six and will walk that mile with them every time.

So very much going on this time of year. Thanksgiving, did you feed some troops at your post? Christmas is this month; take care of the children, the under privilege, and the special needs children within your community. And by all means, if you know of any gold star children, let them know that they are not alone in this world, and give them the toys or that particular need they have. Let their happiness be the fuel that keeps you going and sharing your time and talent. While you are giving, don’t forget those veterans in nursing homes in your community. Riders, set up a Christmas ride to a nursing home, and while you are there, maybe replace a flag at the nursing home. That will mean so much to the veterans, and ask them to take part in taking down the retiring flag and put up the new one.

Keep working on the American Legion programs, and watch your membership numbers grow. Nothing shows the community what we are all about like working the programs.

I wish each and everyone one a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Sonny Decker
Western Area Commander