An American flag waves day and night beside the Stockton Springs American Legion Hall. The flag is a silent sentinel watching over veteran graves dotting the Sandy Point cemetery.

The American Legion was chartered in 1919 by Congress as a patriotic veterans organization. It is the nation’s largest veterans organization, reaching out to more than 14,000 communities. The Legion stands on four pillars: national security, veterans affairs and rehabilitation, children and youth, and Americanism.

The Stockton Springs Jerry Dobbins Stockton Springs Post 157 actively joins other posts across the country to support the four pillars. The community probably best recognizes local post activities through the Memorial Day and Veterans Day parades and services, as well as annual events such as the August yard sale. However, behind the scenes, the post actively supports American Legion baseball, Boys State, Boy Scout Troop 235, high school students with college scholarships and veteran assistance programs.

For post members, there is a bonding around the experiences and sacrifices made in military service. As veterans return to civilian life, the sense of duty calls and, for some, is expressed through community service.

Veterans residing in the Stockton Springs area who are not members of the American Legion, are invited to join the local post and take part in its mission. All wartime veterans  are welcome and eligible for Legion membership. Contact Commander Robert Hanish 567-3391 or Membership Chairman Clarence Elden 567-3571 for membership details.