By Ventura Tounsel

The American Legion has been actively involved with children’s issues since the early 1920s. In many instances, the American Legion has been the driving force on behalf of children on the federal, state, and local levels. In 1938, April was formally designated as Child Welfare Month (now called Children & Youth Month) and has continued on an annual basis. During this special time, it is important to us at American Legion (Post 109) to show our community that the American Legion Family is dedicated to America’s youth. Each year the Committee on Children & Youth focuses on three primary areas of concern: child health, child safety & family support.

Daily, the men and women of Post 109 take care of our youth by having Family Nights that include karaoke and bon fires with s’mores. Also, we support and provide meeting space, free of charge, to local Cub Scout, Boy Scout, and Girl Scout Troops, where they meet and learn life skills that will carry them into their futures. At Post 109, we feel that our children are not our future, they are our right now.

In celebration of Children’s and Youth Month, we will be sponsoring a Daddy Daughter Dance on April 9th at 5pm. This event is open to the public and is free of charge. We just ask that you bring a can of food that we will donate to the Vail Food Bank. See you there!

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Lucretia Free