MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout Maryland the grave of every veteran of any of the wars of the country are decorated on this National Holiday. Today, jointly with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post , this tradition is being carried on. If one might attempt to prophecy, in an historical account, Maryland's veteran organizations will carry on this tradition to its last man to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead.
ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War One. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all veterans. . Annually the Post sponsored the Armistice Day Parade. An important tradition was established when the Post led in the memorial exercises at 11 o'clock on the morning of November 11, marking the exact hour of the cessation of hostility on the war fronts. Today, together with the VFW Post , we solemnly observed this tradition.
REGISTRATION OF GRAVES
Since its inception Post 156 has been a leader in this County in the area of graves registration, which has been incorporated by all the American Legion Posts in Maryland. Grave Registration enables all interested parties to locate the site of the grave of each veteran. and this has been marked by the erection of a massive monument marking it as the burial lot for service men without kin. Each year, together with the VFW, active members of both organizations place a flag on each veteran's grave.
Post 156 CARES
During the Iraq/Afghanistan wars, Post 156 initiated a mailing program for our overseas veterans. Each month we provide the postage to send packages to our fighting men in the middle east, containing supplies, plus money to each veteran. Many legion posts began to use our program as a model and were cited by the National Headquarters.
JOIN US AND KEEP THIS HISTORY ALIVE.