By Alicia Couch Payne

Legion Christmas
The American Legion Post 127 Riders escort Santa to the post to visit children of the community.  Photo courtesy Susan Smith

The American Legion Post 127 believes in giving back to their community.  They do so in various ways throughout the year. Perhaps their largest endeavor comes at Christmas-time.  This past Saturday, December 15th, members of the post passed out approximately 400 bags of fruit to members of the community.  They gave them to low income residents, elderly at local retirement and nursing homes, and others in Buford, Sugar Hill, and Flowery Branch areas.  

The post’s Color Guard presented colors at Alta Vista cemetery in Gainesville, Georgia this past Saturday as part of the Wreaths Across America initiative.  According to their website, Wreaths Across America’s mission is to “Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.”

On Sunday, December 16th, Post 127 held a Christmas Community dinner.  Several hundred people showed up to enjoy the post’s hospitality. To the delight of approximately 120 children, Santa visited during this time and brought the children each a new toy.  The children’s smiles and delight lit up the post. Plates and plates of Christmas food were consumed by young and old alike. Members of the community left the American Legion this day happy, festive, and full.

Thanks to the members of American Legion Post 127, the Ladies’ Auxiliary, the Legion Riders, and the Sons of the Legion for their hard work and dedication to giving back to the community.  Their efforts, no doubt, brightened the holidays for many.

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