Veterans Memorial Post 347

Squadron 347 Donates to the Lady Lake Little League

     Amy Fleck, Lady Lake Little League President, accepted a $500 donation from Sons Squadron #347 in October 2019.  The league has 200-300 children participating during two seasons each year, spring and fall.  Pictured are Doug White, Sons Vice Cmdr, and Amy Fleck.  Doug stayed for the early evening game and commented, "These kids were totally engaged in the sport; running, diving, stealing bases, and hitting the ball hard.  It takes me back to when I played Little League many many years ago.  The coaches, the fans in the stands, and the kids all had a fabulous time!"



Squadron 347 Donates to the Lady Lake Boy Scout Troop 244

     Boy Scout Troop 244 in Lady Lake received a $500 donation from The Sons Squadron 347 in October 2019.  Troop #244 is the home for a couple dozen young men and boys from Lady Lake, who have fun and donate their time and energy for many community functions.
     Pictured left to right are: Jonathan Tempesta, Sylvia Kissick, Doug White (Sons Vice Commander), Michelle Davis, and Kern Davis.


Young Sons Squadron 347 Member Wins Americanism Essay Contest

     John Thomas “J.T” Costello, a Squadron #347 Sons member, and grandson of Joe Muraida, a Post 347 Honor Guard member, was selected as the winner of the Post #347 Americanism Essay Award.  Presenting the award was Joan Suelter, past Post 347 Honor Guard Cmdr and current 1st Vice Cmdr. Joan was very impressed by 'JT' and simply said, "He gets it!" The essay is about when JT attended a Military Honors ceremony at Florida National Cemetery on April 23, 2019 with his grandfather.

The essay can be found HERE.


The Sons Hold Annual State Convention in Orlando

Pete Puzzo, District #12 Vice Commander, 'wins' the Golden Bowl Trophy for 2nd place in District membership; presented by George Worton, District #6 Vice Commander
     The Sons Annual Convention was in Orlando, June 27-29, 2019.
     District #6, the home of Squadron #347, was the big membership drive winner this past year, beating out District #12 by a hair.  It was enough to allow Distrct #6 to 'award' District #12 with the Golden Bowl trophy for their 2nd place finish.  George Worton, pictured here, is the new District #6 Commander.  George was our Squadron #347 Commander for part of last year, and we are very proud of him!

     Squadron #347 is also proud of our member, Richard Duncan, for taking over the reigns of the Eastern Area as its new Commander.

     We wish George and Richard the best of luck and smooth sailing as they guide our organization for 2019-2020.

Richard Duncan of Squadron #347 takes the Eastern Area gavel from Randy Chilcott of Squadron #117, the outgoing Area Commander.  John Jennings, National Executive Committeeman, looks on.


Sons Squadron 347 Donates to Operation Shoebox

Doug White Presents Donation to Camille of Operation Shoebox
     The Sons Squadron 347 donated $1,000 to Operation Shoebox in June 2019.  1st Vice Commander Doug White presented the check to Camille of Operation Shoebox in The Villages.

     Founded in 2003 by military mom Mary Harper, she continues her mission at Operation Shoebox headquarters in Belleview, Florida. The organization ships between 800-1,000 care packages a week.

For more information on Operation Shoebox, visit their website.

Volunteers working for Operation Shoebox


Sons, and Many Others, Place Flags at FL National Cemetery

     Thanks to the many American Legion volunteers who reconditioned about 140,000 flags in January 2019 so that hundreds of volunteers could place them in front of every grave marker on May 26, 2019.

     One of our own Sons Squadron #347 members, Jeff Taffuri, pictured here, was a bus coordinator for the trip down to Bushnell and back.  The published a fine article about the event.


Sons Donates to Habitat for Humanity Veterans Village

     Kent Adcock, the CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter counties visited The Post on May 20, 2019 and was presented with a $2,500 donation for their Veterans Village project.  The Sons have been long-time supporters of their Veterans Village projects.  In fact, over the past 5 years we have donated $11,500 to this very meaningful cause.  They directly impact the lives of Veterans and their families by helping them get into decent housing and they also receive other life-skills assistance.  Our hats are off to Habitat for Humanity of Lake-Sumter counties, thanks for all that you do!


Special Olympics and The Sons

Thomas Linn and his Special Olympics Champions
     Thomas Linn, one of our Squadron #347 members, is an active volunteer with Florida Special Olympics as a mentor/coach. He volunteers approximately 12 hrs a week during April - July. Last year his team qualified for State and came in 2nd in a tournament at DisneyWorld. We thank you Tom, for taking your time and applying your talent to help out such a worthy cause.

     Did you know that Special Olympics is a targeted cause of The American Legion, and more specifically by The Sons. Each year Sons Squadrons around Florida donate well over $100,000 to the Special Olympics, and members like Tom donate countless hours of their time as well. We salute you!


Click for Squadron 347 Officer Election Results for 2019-2020