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Department of Virginia
Grand du Virginia
17th District
Post 162

"Still Serving America" is the motto of The American Legion. Veterans who continue their service to America by still serving their communities. Veterans whose involvement in the community creates and supports the feeling of camaraderie which makes The American Legion the nation's largest and the most respected organization of wartime veterans. 

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First we are here to support our fellow veterans.  We also serve our community and our young people with  youth oriented programs.  The Legion strives to further a strong sense of patriotism and loyalty.

High School Oratorical Competitions: High school students vie for college scholarships awarded by The American Legion by demonstrating their knowledge of the United States Constitution in public speaking contests on local, regional and national levels

American Legion Baseball: For many years, one of our country's best-known and most respected amateur athletic programs, Legion ball has been the training ground for many of our major league stars. Each year, about 86,000 boys experience the benefits of good sportsmanship and team play.

Boys State/Boys Nation: American Legion Posts select outstanding high school students to attend Boys State/Boys Nation every year. During the week-long program, participants receive instruction on citizenship and experience first-hand how their state and federal governments function.

Scouting Sponsorship: Legion posts sponsor approximately 2,500 Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Explorer units each year to foster wholesome development of America's youth. Annually, the American Legion awards the Eagle Scout of the Year with a college scholarship.

Junior Shooting Sports: Local legion posts offer youth air rifle competition and basic safety instruction in conjunction with the National Rifle Association.

Junior Law Cadet: Many legion posts working in conjunction with law enforcement agencies have established programs to introduce high school students to law enforcement and to establish cadet camps.

ROTC High School Drill Team Competition: High School ROTC drill teams compete in several different categories for the "General Colin Powell Trophy".




On Wednesday May 14, 2008, Samuel S. Ramseur, the Post Commander, Alan Amos, Post Adjutant, and Raymond Harrigan, Post Finance Officer participated in the Hay-field Junior ROTC Awards program. The event was held in the J. Victor Lutz Sports Complex Football Stadium. LTC Joe Spicer, a member of Post 162, is the JROTC Senior Army Instructor for the program.

Post 162 is a key financial supporter for this JROTC Program and we were recognized for our contributions and support throughout the years. But the program has also been very supportive to us. The Cadets serve as the Color Guard and lead the Annual Lorton 4th of July Community Parade and participate as Color Guard for our Post Memorial Day & Veterans Day Observance Ceremony.

We presented six awards:

Scholastic Excellence (Gold) Cadet Corporal David Barndt
Scholastic Excellence (Silver) Cadet Corporal Justin Drechsel
Scholastic Excellence (Bronze) - Cadet Private 2 Anthony Russi

Military Excellence (Gold) - Cadet Private First Class Alex Alien
Military Excellence (Silver) - Cadet Private 2 Ruth De Pena
Military Excellence (Bronze) - Cadet Private 2 Dilcia Salgado

Congratulations to all the cadets on a job well done.

* American Legion Child Welfare Foundation *(Updated Feb. 08)




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