The American Legion has a rich and important history. The Department of Ohio would like to chronicle some of our important history and highlight the work of our Department Historians.

HISTORIAN REPORT JANUARY 22, 2021

How’s it?

Brrrrr, it’s cold! While we lived in Hawai’i the coldest it got was in the 60’s. You never needed a quilt or comforter or layers of clothing. Barefoot and almost naked!

Sure miss those days of old. Remembering what we did way back when it starts to get harder as we get older. That’s again one of the main purposes of archiving the history of your post, district and state events and activities. So that we NEVER FORGET!

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When we can flip through the history books of 2020-2021 we will see those memorable times we raised funds for our veterans, children, and youth, and our community; the remembrance of those members who have passed and how we honored them at their memorial service and played TAPS for their final stand.

There is still time to get that story – whip out your camera and take those photos of your post and district upcoming events. Jot down the who, what, where and why’s that give the details of your photo. Place them on Facebook to share them with everyone. Show the pride of your members and their hard work.

I enjoy getting out to the posts and districts, learning about the members and what they are doing and encouraging them to preserve their history. Many of these posts are “family” doing things together with purpose and commitment to serve our veterans, because they served us. Other posts are not. We can learn a lot from each other.

My travels took me and my wife and traveling companion, Dayna Beyer, Department of Ohio Auxiliary Historian to Ripley, Ohio where Courts-Fussnecker Post 367 had a “Wreaths Across America” ceremony on December 19th. An all women veteran presenters laid a wreath representing each branch of service during the ceremony led by newly appointed post historian and Navy veteran, Jean Griffin. After the humbling ceremony, we visited the post and met Commander, Marion Sidwell and legion family for other surprise presentations. We learned that there was another “Mr. and Mrs. Historian” in Ohio working together. I was honored to present to Harry G. Bridge, Historian of Post 367 a Certificate of Excellence and the pin of our Department Commander, Roger Friend. Dayna presented a Certificate of Excellence to Judith Bridge, Auxiliary Historian of Unit 367.  Harry and Judy have represented their legion family in Ripley for over 7 years as historians and also are both on their legion family color guard. To take over their rewarding positions are Mr. and Mrs. Jack and Jean Griffin. Jack is a Sons of the American Legion member of Squadron 367 and their unit’s first male auxiliary member, and newly appointed unit historian.

This is well worth our history in knowing the many team efforts are being made done by our members in Ohio. I am certainly proud of what we do, and I want to know more about what you are doing out there in your post and with your legion family.

WE CARE ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE DOING!

Recognition of your efforts in your post and your districts are very important to us at Department. We know your reason of WHY you are doing it, but we want to know WHAT you are doing; WHEN you are doing it; and How you are doing it!

I appreciated the Mid-Year reporting that I received – Hats off to Ashland, Plymouth, Fairview Park, Newton Falls posts for your submissions to mention a few. The winner of the incentive will be drawn at Mid-Winter in March 2021.

As we continue to move forward 2021, I will continue to cover Commander Roger Friend as well as 1st and 2nd Vice Commanders Jean Wilson and Brad Theis and our districts and posts to capture the history of our Buckeye State Legion Family.

Contact me should you have an event you would like me to attend to have first class pictures taken and sent out over social media.

I encourage all of you to continue gathering your history as the events, programs and projects happen. Take the pictures, write the stories and post them on your Facebook and or SHARE them on the Facebook page, Legion Historian https://www.facebook.com/pg/daynabeyer.44813/posts/ and on the department website https://www.ohiolegion.com/historian-2/

Your history books are due at Mid-Winter Conference for 2019-2020. Contact me to make arrangements to deliver them before or bring them to the conference.

I would like to thank my assistant Greg Elsbernd, Past 4th District Commander and member of Yeager-Benson Post 199 and my wife Dayna aka Tsi Sim Mar, for their support to preserve our history.

If you have any questions, please feel free call me at 419-566-9523 or write me at albeyer49@gmail.com  or fax me at 1-888-225-3180 and or snail mail to my address 6013 Garber Road Bellville, OH 44813.

God speed to all of you, for God and Country – In Your Service,

Al Beyer, Department Historian

HISTORIAN REPORT OCTOBER 23, 2020

How’s it?
Everyone having fun yet? Let’s take a break for a joke.
What do you call a veteran who sleeps in a bathroom stall? loo-tenant.
Now you can’t say you weren’t moved by this article!
We are well on our way in 2020 with a variety of events and activities that are history making! They will surely be remembered if your post historian, adjutant or commander is archiving them in your history and scrapbooks.

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Yes, yes we know that the year was a bit closed down by the pandemic, but that should not stop you from recording the history of your post events and drive by activities, installations, awards and recognitions, memberships and memorials, and our conferences..
Many of us can remember our rank and social security number. Even some of us remember boot camp like it was yesterday. These days it may be hard to remember what happened yesterday at a legion event like who was there, why we did it, what was said, and how it happened. These key points are what makes your history reporting important for our next generation. Your history does matter!
Our Four Pillars should also be a subject in your historical events and if you forget them, a Navy buddy returned the favor to this old Marine, and showed me how to remember the pillars easily:
N = National Security
A = Americanism
V = Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation
Y = Children and Youth
When making up your history and scrapbook include the Four Pillars, and build your story with photos around them. In doing so, you will be assured that your post is hitting the targets of our mission.
I continue to travel with my wife, Dayna Beyer, Department of Ohio Auxiliary Historian. She has assisted me in making sure we get coverage off all posts because each post and what they are doing matter. If I am not there, my assistant, Greg Elsbernd may be there for photos…and of course, take your own photos and send them to me.
Our recent visits to District 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 13 and 14 have been rewarding to see our members working together, serving veterans and their communities. Thank you for
your hospitality and the opportunity to learn more about what you are doing in your individual posts. We will soon be visiting other districts and their posts too! When you think about it while reciting the preamble, are you “walking the walk” and serving to meet our mission? What we say and what we do, should be congruent. And recording what we have done will set us apart and that will be the defining moment of a job well done, and well-remembered.
As we move forward in 2020-2021, I will continue to cover Commander Roger Friend as well as 1st and 2nd Vice Commanders Jean Wilson and Brad Theis and our districts and posts to capture the history of our Buckeye State Legion Family.
Contact me should you have an event you would like me to attend to have first class pictures taken and sent out over social media.
I encourage all of you to continue gathering your history as the events, programs and projects happen. Take the pictures, write the stories and post them on your Facebook and or SHARE them on the Facebook page, Legion Historian https://www.facebook.com/pg/daynabeyer.44813/posts/ and on the department website https://www.ohiolegion.com/historian-2/
Your history books are due at Mid-Winter Conference for 2019-2020. Contact me to make arrangements to deliver them before or bring them to the conference.
A reminder that the incentive for Mid-Year reporting is that you SHARE a written summary of your history by December 20, 2020. Each submission will be entered into the Mid-Winter FREE incentive drawing – one (1) historian will win an American Legion brand item – tie or tie tack from Emblem sales. Best Wishes to you and your families for Good Health and Well-being to all through Thanksgiving, Christmas and into the new year!
I would like to thank my assistant Greg Elsbernd, Past 4th District Commander and member of Yeager-Benson Post 199 and my wife Dayna aka Tsi Sim Mar, for their support to preserve our history.

If you have any questions, please feel free call me at 419-566-9523 or write me at albeyer49@gmail.com or fax me at 1-888-225-3180 and or snail mail to my address 6013 Garber Road Bellville, OH 44813.

God speed to all of you, for God and Country – In Your Service,
Al Beyer, Department Historian

HISTORIAN REPORT JUNE 27, 2020

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My greeting is “slang” or the pidgin language spoken in the Hawaiian islands, which is an informal greeting such as “How are you”, “How is it going”, that the locals in the Polynesian islands commonly greet one another.

It is my way of greeting you, with what feels comfortable to me, my fellow brothers and sisters of the United States Armed Forces…Click Here to Read More

HISTORIAN REPORT MAY 4, 2020

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Who could imagine that in these latter days we would be faced with a worldwide pandemic? However, as history has repeated itself in some instances and in books that help guide us through our daily lives, we need to make way for what’s to come and be prepared to take action. As historians we are the ones to journal our history as it happens, even when we don’t like it and things become chaotic…Click Here to Read More


First event of 2021, Annual American Legion Breakfast at Colonel Crawford Post 181 Bucyrus Ohio with the early risers that make it happen from left to right: Past 5th District Commander, Dennis “Denny” Teynor; SAL Squadron 181 2nd Vice Commander, Ron Lambert; Detachment of Ohio Commander, Bernie Kessler; and Legion Post 181 Commander Tony Mickalac.