Today there is no accurate record of the total number of veterans' organizations, but among them all, none has grown so large or has exercised such wide influence as The American Legion. None is so intimately identified with the word "veteran".
Congress chartered the American Legion in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans’ organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 2 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.
The American Legion's National Headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with additional offices in Washington, DC. In addition to thousands of volunteers serving in leadership and program implementation capacities in local communities to the Legion's standing national commissions and committees, the national organization has a regular full-time staff of about 300 employees.
The membership of the American Legion is comprised of men and women who have served their country on honorable federal active duty service with the U.S. Armed Forces. Because eligibility dates remain open at this time, all members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion until the date of the end of hostilities, as determined by the government of the United States.
American Legion Blanton-Thompson Post 155 conducts meetings on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at the Post.
Executive Committee Meetings
Post Executive Committee Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month starting at 7:00 PM. The Executive Meeting is comprised of Officers and Executive Committee members. Any Post members in good standing are always welcome to attend.
On Hwy 44 West head towards Crystal River on the same side as the Meadowcrest buildings just past Mr. Electric, you cannot miss it! There is an American Legion sign with the American and the POW/MIA flags flying. Our address is: 6585 E. Gulf To Lake Hwy, Crystal River, FL 34429.
God and Country Cafe "Open to the Public"
Breakfast is served every Sunday from 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM.
Lunch is served Monday - Thursday from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
Steak Night - the second Friday of every month from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM.
Why Join the American Legion?
Do You Remember?
Do you remember when your unit was under fire? You were scared. You didn't know whether you would ever get home again; see your family, your loved ones. And the only thing that you could count on in that instant was your buddy. And you knew he was counting on you too.
Perhaps you were one of the lucky ones who never saw combat. Do you remember the tediousness of garrison life? Do you remember the interminable hurry up and wait? Do you remember the inane make-work projects you were ordered to do? But your buddy was always there alongside you, making the wisecracks, helping you make it through each day, maybe even covering for you on occasion.
Your buddy still needs you!!!
Maybe your buddy is in one of the VA hospitals; his war wounds and/or time have taken its toll on his body. Maybe he or she is a young veteran, just discharged from service in the Gulf War or Bosnia and is having difficulty finding a civilian job. Maybe your buddy is just an ordinary guy or gal like yourself, wanting to share stories and comradeship with someone who was in a similar situation.
We are veterans just like you. We care about America, our fellow veterans. our families and our children. As a member of our Post we continue to serve our God, our Country and our Community.
Our Legionnaires participate in many community activities such as parades, memorials, dedication ceremonies, etc.
We have an Honor Guard detachment ready, willing and able at the family's request, to conduct funeral services. Our funeral detail is available to all veterans. When requested, we are also available to help other veteran organizations with their memorials.
We sponsor local students to participate in Boy State, sponsor scholarships to better educate our children. Our Post needs you now. AMERICA NEEDS YOU - JOIN NOW!
Call American Legion Post 155 at (352)795-6526 today!
Executive Board: M. Corbin, G. Cronau, J. Dyer, D. Heinzman, K. Hockenberry, N. Howley, E. Lincoln, B. Shreve, W. Thomas