The Harvey D. Johnson American Legion Post 295 was named for an Army Air Corp. Lieutenant. Lt. Harvey D. Johnson was returning from a combat mission over Walthamstow, England on November 23, 1942 in a spitfire aircraft that had caught on fire as thousands of folks were on the ground watching this event take place. Instead of bailing out and having his plan crash into Edward Street, Johnson made a sharp turn and flew his craft to a local football field, where he crashed and died. The folks of Walthamstow made a memorial to Johnson on the football field and sent a letter of condolence to his mother for her son's bravery.
The American Legion building was first constructed in the Mid 1920's and served as a dance hall, Progressive League hall, church for St. Bernadette before being converted into this post. On Friday March 23, 1945 with the State American Legion Commander Graham Huntington and Ladies Auxiltary president, Mrs. Frank Johnson celebrated the conversion into a post with a great party.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual
helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome
programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow
service members and veterans.
Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Heroes to Hometowns program connects local Legionnaires with recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing a variety of support activities. The Legion raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families and to provide college scholarship opportunities.
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.
The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
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