American Legion Post 141 is a patriotic war-time veterans organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. We promote peace and good will and safeguard the principals of Justice, Freedom and Democracy. It is a not-for-profit community service organization which is involved in helping the community in Rutherford County. During each year we participate in numerous activities designed to highlight the American heritage in our community and to improve the quality of life for local veterans.
Some of the specific activities which the Post supports include our work in the local Veterans Administration Hospital. Each month Post 141 provides refreshments for the bingo game time. The veterans in the hospital really appreciate the opportunity to get out of their room, enjoy fellowship and refreshments. It seems no matter how much we provide, there is never anything left over at the end of the session. In addition, each year we sponsor both a carnival in the fall at which we distribute small prizes and we host a Christmas Party at the hospital.
To promote the American Spirit and heritage, we provide United States flags for each classroom in our local schools. These symbols of our nation are a daily reminder for the students of the American tradition. In addition to providing United States flags for each classroom, like the 25 we provided for the new Blackman School this spring, this year we had a very unique opportunity. We were able to obtain flags, which were flown over Iraq, and presented them to many of the schools throughout Rutherford County. We anticipate the flags and presentation will help develop an increased sense of patriotism for all the boys, girls, young men and young women in the county.
In addition, each year, the Post sponsors young men to the American Legion Boys State. This is one of the most respected educational programs of government instruction for high school students. It is a participatory program where each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, community or state government. The boys are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and responsibilities of citizenship in a micro government which they form and operate.
We encourage those who participate in Junior ROTC by providing medals at the end of the school year to recognize outstanding accomplishment. From the ROTC experience we see those who will defend this nation grow as young men and women leaders.
When you see the smile on a Veteran’s face, a young soldier standing tall, or a student looking proudly at a flag in school, you see the reflection of work by American Legion Post 141 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.