GLADSTONE - The Gladstone August Mattson Sons of the American Legion Squad 71 were recently honored with a plaque commemorating the achievement of 100 percent in membership. Every squadron that achieves 100 percent by Detachment Convention receives the award which will be displayed in the Post. There is also a certificate which the August Mattson Squadron can keep in its file for the history of the squadron.
"What a great time to belong to the greatest organization on earth," said John Pickard, adjutant for Squad 71. "The Michigan Sons of The American Legion are making great strides in American Legion programs, helping the local posts, and working with the community. The Sons of The American Legion was founded for preserving The American Legion traditions and programs while improving the quality of life for our nation's children, caring for veterans and their families and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.
New officers of the Gladstone Squad have been nominated and elected for the upcoming year and they continue to be active in the Adopt a Highway pick-up along with the Boy Scouts of Troop 466 in April and July and their final pick-up in September. Dates for the S.A.L. Croatian Chicken dinners are June 9 and Aug. 4. The Gladstone Son's give to the Escanaba Salvation Army every year with money coming from the Chicken dinners and through membership dues.
Gladstone August Mattson Sons of the American Legion Squad 71 Commander Bill Germain, left, receives a membership award from Dwaine Verville, Past State of Michigan Commander and currently the State Membership Chairman.
The Sons of The American Legion Detachment of Michigan represents over 19,000 members in the State of Michigan. The Sons of The American Legion was founded in 1932 as a program of The American Legion and follows closely and supports "The Four Pillars" of The American Legion; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security