The American Legion, Department of Florida will have a strong presence during this year's Veterans Day Parade in Orlando.
We are saddened to announce the passing of Sandy White. Sandy is the wife of Past Department Commander Larry White. Funeral services will be held at from 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Brown Funeral Home, 5430 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Lecanto, FL 34461. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral from 5:00-7:00 p.m. A reception will be held immediately following the service at American Legion Post 155, 6585 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy, Crystal River, FL 34428.
*Please note there is limited parking at the Funeral Home and parking will be available at Post 155, 1 mile away. The Post Bus will be shuttling individuals to and from the Funeral Home, beginning at 4:45PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Department Commander’s Breast Cancer Fund or HPH Hospice.
Donations to Department Commander’s Breast Cancer Fund:
Make checks payable to The American Legion, Department of Florida, 1912A Lee Road Orlando, FL 32810
Donations to HPH Hospice:
Make Checks payable to HPH Hospice, 2341 W. Norvell Bryant Hwy, Lecanto, FL 34461
Please keep Larry and his family in your thoughts and prayers. Condolences may be sent to 3193 N. Hyssops Pt., Beverly Hills, FL 34465
It is with deep regret that we report the passing of Past 12th District Commander, Kenneth Wakefield, of Cocoa FL on Friday, October 3, 2014 at the age of 68. Kenneth is survived by his wife, Michelle, and three children; Lorri, Rhonda and Kevin. A celebration of life ceremony for Past 12th District Commander, Kenneth Wakefield, will take place at 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at American Legion Post 22, 22 Legion Ln. Cocoa, FL 32922.
Kenneth R. Wakefield was a Vietnam Army Veteran and a member of W. Palm Beach American Legion Post 22, with 13 continuous years of membership.
Condolences may be sent to his wife, Michelle, at 328 Robyn St., Cocoa, FL 32927
Legion to Obama: Pick Up the Phone and Call Mexico
INDIANAPOLIS (October 3, 2014) -- American Legion National Commander Michael D. Helm called on President Obama to implore Mexican authorities to immediately release Marine Corps veteran Andrew Tahmooressi.
“President Obama released five hardened terrorists from Guantanamo to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl,” Helm said. “Now we have a Marine hero, suffering from PTSD incurred from service in Afghanistan, who is being denied treatment for that PTSD because he mistakenly made a wrong turn south of our border. The United States provided $265 million in foreign aide to Mexico last year. It’s time for the president to call Mexican President Pena Nieto and demand an immediate release. This has gone on far too long.”
Although Helm said he is optimistic that Tahmooressi will be released soon, he called on American Legion members to contact the White House and members of Congress and urge national leaders to “pressure Mexico to do the right thing.”
With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through nearly 14,000 posts across the nation.