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A long overdue honor made right
In 1877, during a battle with Apache Indians in New Mexico, U.S. Army Cpl. Clinton Greaves was credited for saving the lives of his fellow 9th Calvary Buffalo Soldiers when he created a gap through the Apache perimeter surrounding the soldiers. His actions resulted in him being awarded the Medal of Honor by President Rutherford B. Hayes.
When Legionnaire Vincent Falter learned of Greaves’ story, it made him wonder why no public memorial honors Greaves in his home town of Madison, Va., where he was born into slavery. So Falter did something about it.
A member of Post 157 in Madison, Falter petitioned state officials to erect an historical marker in Madison recognizing Greaves’ heroism. The request was approved in late 2016; Post 157, the marker’s sponsor, will host a ceremony in late June to celebrate Greaves being honored.
“There were people who knew that (Greaves) was born here in this county, but nobody seemed to know any details,” said Falter, who retired as a major general after a 35-year career in the U.S. Army. “When I got involved in this thing, I said, ‘There’s historical markers for everything around here, but there’s not any that I’ve ever found that honor … a former slave who did such a heroic action.’” … Read More
Legion website features everyday military discounts
The Veterans Benefits Center on The American Legion’s national website has gained another addition: a long list of discounts available to military (active duty, reserves and Guard members), retirees, veterans and dependents year-round.
The page, at www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/military-veteran-discounts, includes offerings in:
The page also lists the documents that should count as qualifying proof, and carries a reminder that “not every establishment offers a discount, but it never hurts to ask.” The discounts are subject to change from what is listed.
Listings do not imply endorsement by The American Legion.