We honor and thank the brave
Men and Women of the Armed
Services.
Preamble to the Constitution of The American
Legion:      For God and Country
We associate ourselves together for the following
purposes:

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United
States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster
and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to
preserve the memories and incidents of our associations
in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual
obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat
the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to
make right the master of might; to promote peace and
goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity
the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to
consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our
devotion to mutual helpfulness.
Membership Eligibility Requirements:

April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918         (World War I)
December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946         (World War II)
June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955         (Korean War)
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975         (Vietnam War)
August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984         (Lebanon/Grenada)
December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990         (Operation Just Cause - Panama)
August 2, 1990 to today         (Operation Desert Shield/Storm)
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Amherst I Hansen
American Legion Post  #143
St Croix Falls, Wisconsin
" Americas' Largest Wartime Era Veterans Organization"
For God &
Country
Hand Salute!

(Article taken from Purple Heart Magazine, July/ August
2008 issue)

On April 4, 2008, a bill was passed as part of the Defense
Authorization Act (S.3002, section 1081) that permitted
veterans to render the hand salute in lieu of placing the
hand over the heart at appropriate functions.  The
amendment is as follows:

Amendment- Section 301(b)(1) of title 36, United States
Code, is amended by striking subparagraphs (A) through
(C) and inserting the following subparagraphs:

(A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at
the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until
the last note;

(B) members of the Armed Services and veterans who are
present but not in uniform may render a military salute in the
manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
(C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand
at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not
in uniform, if applicable, should remove their head-dress
with their right hand and hold it to the left shoulder, the
hand over the heart.
'Our Post Namesake, Amherst I.
Hansen'