Yellow Shirts on Great Road – Making a Difference
Earlier this month, a Bedford resident’s memory was jolted after seeing about forty people in hats wearing yellow shirts walking on Great Road. He was reminded he was holding a book in his basement for the Bedford Legion post.
Those forty or so people were marching in the American Legion’s National Commander’s Walk. It really wasn’t too much of a march. Waving hands and beeping horns of support followed those “marchers” on Great Road from our Post to Veterans Memorial Park and back. It was for increasing the awareness for Veterans; making a difference – nationally and in our own community. The Walk, with Dale Barnett, our National Commander was originally to be held in Concord. As a result of the weather it was negotiated instead to end up at our Post. It was quite an honor to host both State and National members of the American Legion and be able to continue the walk.
Just a week earlier, we had been honored by the presence of the National American Legion Auxiliary President, Sharon Conatser, as our ALA hosted an evening for her and many other local dignitaries. We are proud to note this little place called Bedford has been getting a good degree of attention.
We are making a difference.
Here’s a quote from the “Vets’ News” boasting a national audience: The last-minute notice didn’t faze Post 221 Commander- “(It took) three phone calls, because we have a team and a half here,” Commander O’Connor said. “The team we have here, our family unit – it’s easy to be a commander when you have people like that.”
Remember a reference to a book held by a Bedford resident earlier? After the walk, He turned that book over to the Legion and we put it on display in our glass case for safe keeping. It was a hard copy of the very first Massachusetts American Legion Convention, dated 1919. It was a great month. You’ll never know what may come of your actions – a book filled with history of our Family’s very beginning donated to us – to continuing to raise Veteran’s support wearing yellow shirts and hats on Great Road.
We have a lot of events coming up at our Post. You can keep up to date by visiting our website or Facebook page – more details on these upcoming events at:
- Cinco de Mayo
- Kentucky Derby Party
- Mother’s Day Breakfast
- General Body Meeting (AL) – adopt/vote on By-Laws
- WWII 1911 .45 cal hand gun raffle (100:1 odds)
- An Adventure to Remember – May 21st 7-11P