Honor Their Service: American Legion Post 22
Our country was built on people fighting for freedom and the freedom of generations to come. Every hour, every minute of every day, our service men and women are across the globe, putting their lives in danger for us.
NewsCenter 1 would like to recognize those people and the people who advocate for them here at home. In this week’s edition of “Honor Their Service,” we’re telling you about our local chapter of the American Legion Post 22 and how it supports our servicemen and women here in the Black Hills.
RAPID CITY, S.D. – American Legion is the largest Veterans organization in the U.S. and possible the world. American Legion Post 22 has been in Rapid City for the past one-hundred years. With about 650 member, they’ve done a lot and continue to do a lot for our community.
“We support the Veterans, the active duty, the national guard, their families not only monetarily but we also have the facility that they can come and meet with each other, meet new friends and help one another. We actually support the youth in our community as well. We have the Boy’s State we support, the Americanism Oratorial contests that we support, and we also have a really good baseball team,” said Commander of Post 22, Lyle Tolsma.
American Legion Riders is also a big part of how Post 22 gets out and around in the black hills. Mike Ball is one of those members. “The American Legion Rider Chapter started here about ten years ago. And what we do is support veterans. We do escorts for a deceased veteran. We stand flag lines at the church or at the national cemetery. We’re just Veterans helping Veterans,” said Ball.
According to Post 22’s Adjutant, Doug Harris, they’re also the ones who have the most say on capitol hill. They’re also the organization that created the G.I. Bill which has put hundreds of thousands of individuals through college. American Legion is also the biggest backer of the V.A. and making sure that it’s accountable to the Veterans. It also pushes for benefits for active duty and retired personnel.
The American Legion grill is also open to anyone who wants to come by and share their experiences serving our country, while also enjoying a fun atmosphere and some delicious food.