Three Shelton vets serve as regional district officers

A Wayne Ratzenberger photo of the 2011 Veterans Day ceremony in Shelton.
A Wayne Ratzenberger photo of the 2011 Veterans Day ceremony in Shelton.

Three members of American Legion Post 16 in Shelton has been elected as 2013-14 officers for the regional Third District that covers Fairfield County. They are Vice Commander Richard Rosenbaum, Adjutant Chet Luba, and Finance Officer Ken Hagen.

Other individuals elected as Third District officers are Commander David Bissonnette of Post 143 in Faifield, Senior Vice Commander Paul Stasny of Post 60 in Danbury, Chaplain Thomas Reed of Post 100 in Bethel, and Sgt. of Arms Edward Austing of Post 140 in Bridgeport.

Largest wartime vets service group

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 wartime veterans service organization.

The Legion mentors youth; sponsors community programs; and advocates for patriotism, strong national security and continued devotion to current U.S. service members and veterans.

The American Legion has been a leader in the observance of patriotic holidays, such as Flag Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

Who can join the Legion?

Any veteran interested in joining the American Legion is encouraged to visit or call their local post, including Shelton’s Sutter-Terlizzi American Legion Post16 at 203-924-9887.

American Legion eligibility dates are as follows:

— Aug. 2, 1990 to cessation of present hostilities (Persian Gulf)

— Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama)

— Aug. 24, 1982 to Jul. 31, 1984 (Grenada and Lebanon)

— Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)

— June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War)

— Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)

— Apr. 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)

Third District programs

The Third District is active in many local and statewide programs for Americanism. This includes:

— Students vie for college scholarships awarded by the American Legion through the High School Oratorical Competition. Students must demonstrate their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution in public speaking contests on local, regional and national levels.

— Each year, local boys experience the benefits of good sportsmanship and team play through American Legion baseball.

— Every summer, outstanding high school students attend Boys State and Girls State. During the week-long program, participants receive instruction on citizenship and experience firsthand how their state and federal governments function.

— Many American Legion posts sponsor Boy Scout units to foster wholesome development of America's youth.

— The American Legion’s flag education program teaches flag etiquette and proper display of the U.S. flag to students in schools and at hands-on programs at individual Legion posts.