American Legion post uses piece of history to forge on
MARINGOUIN - The members of American Legion post 580 signed up to make a difference.
"We did things that make life for the public better, and for our families, and the whole environment, and we want to be standing tall and give something back," said Joseph W. Jackson, Jr., who served in the Marines during the Vietnam War.
The 23 members are in possession of one American flag with 48 stars. It's not particularly rare, but the 60-year-old set of stars and stripes is a point of pride for the chapter.
"It's in excellent shape. It looks just like it did when it was purchased," said Jackson, Jr.
The flag was donated with all of its original accessories when the post was founded in 1952. The members also have their original charter.
"That's some memorabilia that we can say we're proud of, and I think that makes a difference in the way we look at the post from then until now," said Claude Fowler, who also served in Vietnam. "It's a legacy. It's handed down from generation to generation, and what we do now, here, will make a difference for the ones that follow us."
After all, to continue serving their country and community is why these veterans joined the American Legion in the first place.