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American Flag display at Mount Rest Cemetery, St. Johns, Michigan
1919 to 1962, Post 153 Commanders
1962 to Present, Post 153 Commanders
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American Legion Edwin T. Stiles Post #153
(Point and click on title for map directions.)
110 E. Walker Street Saint Johns, MI 48879 989.224.7282


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American Legion
are listed on the Contacts Page for Post 153 The American Legion meet on the third Monday of each month at 7 PM.

Veterans Flags
On the following dates, the American Legion and other Clinton County veterans raise over 565 9 x 5 foot American Flags at the Mount Rest Cemetery here in St. Johns. All the service flags are also displayed. Flags go up at 8 AM and come down at 7 PM {down at 5pm on 11/11). 2017 dates are May 30, June 14, July 4, August 12, September 11 and November 11.
Operation CARE
The American Legion operates the Michigan State Police program, Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort)for the Clinton County area. Volunteers hand out free cups of coffee and doughnuts to tired Holiday travelers. Holidays are Memorial Day weekend (4 days), Independence Day weekend (4 days) and Labor Day weekend (4 days). The Legion accepts help from area merchants and accepts donations from the travelers, and those donations are used for veterans projects. Operation CARE is coming up on us soon for this year (2017), please volunteer, the Legion needs your help.  Thank you for volunteering and for the donations from local businesses.
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St. Johns Honor Guard
The St. Johns American Legion Post 153 has an Honor Guard (in conjunction with the St. Johns VFW) for veterans' final departure. The Honor Guard, consists of any Honorable discharged veterans. The Honor Guard uniform is white shirts, black tie, black slacks, Honor Guard jacket (weather permitting) and garrison cover. The Honor Guard is available for veterans' funerals and will preform the following duties. A twenty one gun salute, taps are played, casket flag folding and flag presentation to the deceased's family is done. An American flag is provided by the United States government along with a brass plaque for the tomb stone. A brass American Legion stake/flag holder is provided at family request. Contact the local funeral director for requesting these services. The St. Johns Honor Guard also raises flags for local sporting events, community activities, march in local parades and participate in other local veterans activities.
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 American;
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 conradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
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60 Years of Consecutive Service to the American Legion.
Richard Root receiving both a National and Department of the American Legion award for 60 years of consecutive service. Presented to Dick by Post Commander Gary Gross. March 16, 2015.
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And 45 Years of Consecutive Service to the American Legion.
Pictured to the left, William Lapeer, receiving the American Legion award for 45 years of consecutive service.  Presented to Bill by Post Commander Gary Gross.  March 16, 2015.
American Legion Calendar 2017 Date...Event..........Time

June..19..Meeting.............. 7 PM

July...17..Meeting.............. 7 PM

Marquette Living Center East Lansing Memorial Weekend 2012
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From left to right, Bob Paksi, Roy Pline, Pat Debore, Bill Lapeer and Dennis Scott.
American Legion Post 153 Projects
Over the past years, we have sent High School students to the Boys State program, where they learn about how the goverment works.

Over the past years, we have sent High School students to the Michigan State Police program, where they learn about the law and other areas of law enforcement.
 
POW/ MIA Table of Honor
  • This table is our way of honoring those Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen who cannot be with us.
  • It is set for one, symbolizing the frailty of one prisoner against his oppressors.

  • The tablecloth is white, symbolizing the purity of their intentions to respond to their country's call to arms.

  • The single rose reminds us of the families and loved ones awaiting their return.

  • The black napkin stands for the emptiness left in the hearts of their family and friends.

  • The ribbon on the vase bears witness to our unyielding determination to demand a proper accounting of our missing soldiers.

  • A slice of lemon is on the small plate to remind us of their bitter fate.

  • There is salt upon the small plate, symbolizing the family's tears as they wait.

  • The glass is inverted as they cannot toast with us tonight.

  • The chair is empty as we feel their absence.

  • Remember all of you who served with them and called them comrades, who depended on their might and aid, relied on them, for surely none shall be forsaken.


Welcome Home Veterans 2014
Below are pictures of the celebration. Welcome home from Vietnam, Grenada, Lebanon, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Afghanistan.
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