About 50 people filed into the Lovettsville Game Club on Monday night to witness the inauguration of the town’s American Legion Post 1836.
The post was granted its official legion charter, during a ceremony attended by U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-VA-10), state Sen. Dick Black (R-13), Del. Dave LaRock (R-33), Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) and Lovettsville Mayor Bob Zoldos.
“This is a very special event for the American Legion, a very special event for the town,” said Post Commander Nate Fontaine, also the town’s mayor-elect. “Let us serve as a community, state and nation.”
Present to issue the post its charter was American Legion Department of Virginia Commander Tommy Lee. Following the issuance, Mark Meier, commander of the legion’s 16th district, installed eight officers into the new post’s ranks.
“I congratulate you on the selections you have made,” Meier said. “I wish you well as you assume responsibilities.”
Comstock presented the post with a commemoration that was entered into the Congressional Record on Tuesday. The commemoration recognized a few key members of the post, including Fontaine and his wife and Post Vice Commander Lizzy Fontaine, Nick Hayward, David Steadman, Scott Barton and Post Adjunct Harold Baker.
“These officers are an inspiration to men and women everywhere,” Comstock said. “This American Legion post will improve the quality of life for Virginians.”
LaRock said that there were “big things happening in Lovettsville.” Higgins mentioned that his father was in the military and that he was “deeply thankful” for the sacrifices of all military service members. Black talked about his time as a U.S. Marine helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War.
Started in December, Post 1836 has more than 50 members and supports “Americanism” through actively engaging in town events and fostering a comradeship of veterans within the community.
The American Legion began when Congress chartered it in 1919 as a patriotic veterans’ organization focusing on service to veterans, active service members and communities. Today, the legion has more than two million members representing more than 13,000 posts around the world.