To Protect and Serve.
Alexandria Gazette, March 21, 2019 [Link to full article]
Alexandria Police Officer Sean Gallagher and Alexandria Sheriff’s Office MasterDeputy Jeffrey Hunter were honored as the 2018 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year March 13 by the American Legion Post 24 in Old Town. The public safety veterans were recognized for their service to the community as part of the American Legion’s Homeland Security Support Program.
American Legion Post 24 to Distribute 8,000 Knitted Poppies at Armistice Centennial Celebration
Sunday, November 11, 2018 marked the centennial, now celebrated as Veterans Day, with a ceremony and plaque unveiling at the ballroom of the American Legion Post #24 (400 Cameron St.). See full article and photographs by The Zebra Community News
World War One Armistice Centennial Ceremony
Honoring those who served
On November 11th, the Office of Historic Alexandria and American Legion Post #24 held a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice to end the First World War, signed November 11, 1918. Fellow Alexandrians on Sunday, November 11 in marking the centennial of Armistice Day, now celebrated as Veteran’s Day, with a ceremony and plaque unveiling.
The door to the ballroom at American Legion Post #24, 400 Cameron Street, opened at 9:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 10 a.m. The ceremony featured speakers, T.C. Williams JROTC, and the unveiling of a new plaque remembering all from the City of Alexandria who died during World War One. A reception in the Post #24 Club Room immediately followed the program.
As part of this ceremony, over 8,000 knit and crocheted poppies were displayed and handed to guests in memory of Alexandria’s veterans. Local residents and visitors created the poppies over the last 18 months in preparation for this event. Poppies were officially adopted as a symbol of remembrance for those who died in service to their country shortly after World War One.