ARLINGTON — Arlington American Legion Post 76 celebrated the Legion’s 94th birthday on March 16 by looking not only to its organization’s founding in the wake of World War I in 1919, but also to its future, in the form of the Legion’s support of the Boy Scouts of America since its founding.
Post 76 Cmdr. Christian Raboin called up two recently appointed Eagle Scouts, Blake DiPietro and Kevin Emery, whose service projects as part of local Boy Scouts of America Troop 92 were deemed beneficial to the community as a whole.
“We greatly appreciate that you’ve helped us get ourselves out there into the community,” said DiPietro, who spearheaded the construction of eight picnic tables in the Country Charm area. “I’ve had experiences that I wouldn’t have had without this program, and they’ve made me a better man and a better citizen of the United States.”
“The Boy Scouts have given me lifelong memories and friendships,” said Emery, who instigated the building of five benches at Pioneer Elementary. “As much as we’ve helped the community, I’d like to thank the American Legion for giving us the opportunity to do so, through your contributions to our troop.”
Raboin then presented an honorary lifetime membership in Post 76 to Floyd Tanner, an Air Force veteran from 1950-54, and a certificate of appreciation to Marv Jackson, the son of a World War II veteran, for their efforts on behalf of the post.
“I’m happy to help cook dinners here and donate my time to the Legion’s events,” Jackson said. “This is a good organization that does a lot of work.”