Photo courtesy of Don Roser.
Among the Vietnam veterans recognized were, from left, Stan Middlebrooks, Richard Hassinger, Robert Crooks, Tommy Ray, Billy Jett and Richard Lauer shown with Joan Lewellyn, Lily of the Cahaba, DAR.
Members of American Legion Post No. 134 who served during the Vietnam War were recently recognized at a ceremony hosted by the Lily of the Cahaba chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
“On returning home, many veterans of that era did not receive the recognition they deserved for their service and sacrifice,” said Don Roser, commander of the Shades Valley post. “We’re very pleased that the DAR continues to remember and appreciate the sacrifices of those who served our country. And not just for the veterans of Vietnam, but for all who have served. One of our objectives with the American Legion is to be the voice of Alabama’s veterans and to make sure that the benefits earned — and promised — to those who serve our nation in uniform are preserved. Those promises must not be forgotten.”
The Lily of the Cahaba chapter is a commemorative partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. In the past year, the Hoover-based DAR chapter has provided more than 200 Vietnam veterans with certificates of appreciation and lapel pins in honor of their service to our country.
Roser added American Legion membership is open to male and female veterans from earlier wars as well as veterans of the Persian Gulf, Desert Storm and other campaigns. Active-duty members are also eligible to join.
“The American Legion Department of Alabama is 19,000 members strong and growing. We need active veterans to continue our work within the communities,” Roser said. “We focus on the four pillars of the American Legion: veteran rehabilitation, children and youth, Americanism and national security.”
For more about the Lily of the Cahaba chapter or membership, visit lilyofthecahaba.com.
– Submitted by Don Roser.