The American Legion wants to establish a new post in Royse City.

Gene Toohey, service officer of the 4th District of the Department of Texas American Legion, made the announcement on Jan. 14 during a meeting of the city council.

After he presented details of the American Legion’s plans in Royse City, Toohey asked city council members for their support and guidance as the officials move forward.

Toohey said the immediate initiative will be to locate a minimum of 15 qualified veterans and charter the Royse City post. From that point, he said, the newest American Legion post will be mentored by the 4th District officers.

“American Legion Post of Royse City will conduct business and engage with the local community at their discretion,” Toohey said.

He added that the intention is for the new post to not have a club room or sell alcoholic beverages. Currently, he said, officials are looking for a place for the post to meet “that will be of no cost to them, preferably close to the city center.”

According to Toohey, programs the new post will promote include:

• Boys State — a program available to high school juniors. The young men selected to participate spend a week in Austin learning how to further their leadership qualities through the structure of government.

•The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program — A “Constitutional Speech Contest” that’s available to high school students in grades nine through 12. The contest is based on the U.S. Constitution. Winners are awarded scholarships.

• Youth, scouting programs — The American Legion has awards available that assist in recognizing scouts who attain the highest rank of Eagle Scout; and

• Americanism — Patriotic school programs at all grade levels.

The American Legion is the nation’s largest and most influential network of U.S. wartime veterans. It was chartered in 1919 and was incorporated as a 501 (c) (19) non-profit organization.

“Our national mission is to be a patriotic veteran’s organization devoted to mutual helpfulness,” Toohey said. “The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth through Americanism programs within the post’s community.

“The American Legion advocates patriotism and honor, promotes strong national security and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans by lending a helping hand to those in need.”

The 4th District of the Department of Texas covers 7.5 counties, including Grayson and Fannin on the north, half of Denton and Rockwall on the west, Kaufman on the south, and Hunt and Rains on the east.

Fred Rogers, 4th District adjutant, also attended the meeting.

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