Carson City Gazette

Local Post Is Being formed of World War Veterens - Meets Sept. 17

"Ten-shun, men!" fall in and march to the high school building Wednesday evening, Sept. 17, at 8 o'clock. No men A.W.O.L. At this time matters of great importance iwll be taken up, namely the American Legion, Victory buttons and individual war history of service men from Bloom township.

The ex-soldiers who played the game square from the start still have your obligtions. The most successful way to meet these duties is through the American Legion. This organization was formed in Paris March 17, 1919, by a thousand men. The Paris meeting was confirmed and endorsed by the one held at St. Louis May 8-10, 1919, where it was formally recognized by the service men. Any soldier, sailor or marine who served honorably between April 6, 1917, and November 11, 1918, is eligible to membership. What the American legion is can be expressed in a few words. It is an organization of American veterans of the World war, being non-partisan and non-political. It is a civilian organization-not military or militaristic. It makes no distinction of rank and no distinctions between overseas men and those who did not get across.

The purpose of the Legion is embodied in the preamble to the constitution and is expressed in the highest Americanism. It reads:

"For God and country we associate ourselves together for the following purposes; To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United states of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a hundred per cent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our association in the Great War; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation, to make right the master of mihgt; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutional helpfulness."

It has been decided to organize a Post of American Legion at Carson City and the hunder percent Americanism of the boys in the vicinity should yield a hunder percent membership. The service men within a radius of ten miles of this place should join here. Does it seem better to organize one good Post rather than several smaller ones in this vicinity? Furthermore through the kindness of the G.A.R. the hall at Carson City will be at the disposal of the Legion.

To secure a charter fifteen applications for membership are necessary. The following have already signed the charter application: Victor P. Geller, Walter P. McKenna, Herbert B. Topper, Elmer J. Shinabarger, Don R. Smith, Basil Shillinger, George B. Walt, Stanley Myers, William Kolcher, Lewis Russell, Stanley Horn, Clyde Ward, Joseph Keiffer, Harry Heaton, Lawrence K. Smith. The charter will be held open until after the meeting next Wednesday evening, giving everyone an opportunity to affiliate with the local Post of the Legion.

The boys should not forget that it is a privilege to be a member. They will belong to an organizatoin made up of regular Americans-no slackers are eligible. The boys who could not go into the service are to be pitied. The Legion will be composed of the most physically fit, the most determined and self-sacrificing men of the country.

Don't fail to attend the meeting next Wednesday evening if you have any claims to make such as for back pay, Liberty bonds, compensation for disability, uniforms, etc., the Legion will attend to it free of charge.

All are asked to bring their discharge to this meeting in order to make application for Victory buttons. These can only be given to army men at present.

Typewriters will be on hand to take care of the military history.

So, servic emen it is needless to say that if you are A.W.O.L. you're also S.O.L.

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