American Legion Post 86 held its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony/picnic, Sunday, Sept. 9. It was a huge success, thanks in large part to some Wilton youth organizations. Boy Scout Troop 20, Webelos Pack 22, Brownie Troop 50734 and players from our own Legion baseball team all contributed not only to the successful set-up and preparation of the ceremony and picnic, but their respectful participation in the flag burning portion of the ceremony helped Post 86 complete a somber task in a meaningful way.
Our partnership with the youth organizations is one of Post 86’s specific missions as a part of the American Legion. We are chartered by Congress to perform various missions. Each year, our national commander must testify before Congress as to our accomplishments as a whole. We at Post 86 make up a small part of that total organization. As we are a small post, we focus our attention on what we consider to be our strength and knowledge to pass on to our local communities. Obviously, veterans and active duty military and their families are at the top of the list; however, children and youth are next in line.