serves community in many ways
than just food, drink to veterans
(June 2008) The American Legion Post 9 in
Madison, Ind., may be well known in the area as a place to eat drink
and be merry, but the legion also serves veterans and the community.
by Amy Casebier
will soon enter his
second year at the helm
of the American Legion
Post 9 club in Madison.
The legion, a not-for-profit organization whose club is
located at 707 Jefferson St., sponsors many events, including the July
4 fireworks display during the Madison Regatta Festival. The legion
also participates in various services and donates to numerous charities
around the area. The legion holds itself responsible for funerals for
veterans, including providing uniforms, bus transportation and services
at the funeral.
Memorial Day is a big event for the legion. It conducted a 10 a.m. service
in Bedford, Ky., and a 1 p.m. service at the Indiana Veterans Memorial
Cemetery in Madison. Geno Schneider, the commander of the legion, recently
put a flag on every veterans grave in Jefferson County, Ind.,
to help commemorate Memorial Day.
Schneider has been commander for one year and is running unopposed in
the legions upcoming election to serve as commander for another
It puts a lot of pressure on me, but I wouldnt have it any
other way, he said.
Commanders serve on the executive board and manage and organize all
donations, including scholarships that the legion provides to seniors
in area high schools.
Several of the charities that the legion donates to include the American
Red Cross, the United Way, the Salvation Army and the Lide White Memorial
Boys and Girls Club.
The legion also collects donations to help local families in need, such
as families who lose their homes and possessions in fires or families
with a dire medical crisis.
Scott Croford has been the bar manager at the legion for more than a
Theres always common ground there, he said of the
legions atmosphere. Croford added that veterans of many different
ages could talk about places they had all visited during their service
just decades apart.
Croford, who was a U.S. Marine, said that one of the most interesting
parts about being at the legion was knowing people with connections
to prominent military figures. One of Crofords acquaintances was
commissioned on the battlefield by Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell Chesty
Puller, a famous figure in the Marine Corps who fought just about
every major battle there was, in his nearly 40 years of service,
The American Legion began in 1919 after Congress chartered it. There
are around 15,000 posts across the nation that serve nearly 3 million
members, according to the American Legion website. The American Legion
Post 9 in Madison is one of the largest posts in the state. To be a
member of the legion or the auxiliary, one must have either have been
in the armed forces or have a family member in the armed forces.
In addition to being a service organization and hangout for veterans
and their families, the legion also has a motorcycling club called the
Legion Riders that boasts around 85 members.
The restaurant and bar at the legion is open to the public 8 a.m. until
6 p.m., and on Fridays and Saturdays until 8 p.m.
Contact the American Legion Post 9 at (812)
265-4417. For more information on the American Legion nationwide, visit:
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