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The American Legion Family of Post 90, Atmore, wants to hear from beneficiaries of American Legion services, programs and activities.
As the American Legion began observing its 100th anniversary in 2018 and concluding in 2019 at the national level, Post 90 in Atmore is preparing to celebrate its own legacy and vision at the local level.
Billy Glenn Rushing Post 90 was chartered in Atmore on February 23, 1923. The national organization began March 15-17, 1919, in Paris, France, in the aftermath of World War I. The American Legion was federally chartered on Sept. 16, 1919, and quickly became an influential force at the national, state and local levels, dedicated to service to veterans, strong national defense, youth and patriotism.
Post 90 has fulfilled those missions and more since 1923, through baseball team sponsorship, Boys and Girls State programs, Local Law Enforcement and First Responder recognition, oratorical contests, local patriotic events and veterans’ support. To get ready for the centennial, Post 90 is inviting members of the community to share their own stories of how the post, American Legion Auxiliary unit, Sons of The American Legion squadron or Legion Riders chapter has touched their lives, past or present.
“We don’t have complete records to express how American Legion Family youth programs, veteran-support efforts, patriotic events or memorial observances have influenced the lives of people in local communities, and that’s what we want to record for posterity,” Post 90 Commander Billy Elder said. “We would like to hear from all people whose lives have been touched by the American Legion Family in our community.”
A simple statement of The American Legion’s involvement, when it occurred, and what it meant is all the local Legion Family is asking.
“Our post’s history is part of the community’s history, and we’ll have a stronger future together if we understand and share the significance of our relationship,” Commander Elder said. “The legacy of our post in our community will go a long way toward shaping a vision for the next 100 years. To do that, we want to hear from those who have benefitted from American Legion advocacy at every level and how we can build on that.”
Submissions will be incorporated into Post 90’s Centennial Celebration and strategic planning. To submit your story, please provide stories to Atmore News or mail to American Legion Post 90, P.O. Box 427, Atmore Alabama 36502.

Paul Chason is adjutant of American Legion Post 90, Atmore.