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November 2023 Non-Profit Spotlight
Oxford, AL – In a recent interview with the Calhoun Journal, Judge Advocate, Preston Hall, a retired Army Veteran, shed light on the renewed vision of the Oxford American Legion Post 111. After several years of closure, Post 111 is committed to becoming a model post by making a significant impact on the community through service.
Post 111’s vision revolves around growing its membership by recruiting individuals with a strong commitment to community service, especially focusing on helping transitioning veterans find purpose through community engagement. The post aims to exemplify the values of the American Legion, utilizing Legion programs to serve the community and nation.
Among the initiatives, the Oxford Post is excited to announce the reopening of its doors and the introduction of various community opportunities. One notable program is the High School Oratorical Scholarship, offering substantial financial support for winners. The national contest’s top three finalists can receive scholarships of $25,000, $22,500, and $20,000, respectively.
To be eligible for the oratorical contest, participants must be U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, under 20 years old, and enrolled in a high school or junior high school. The prepared oration must focus on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, emphasizing citizens’ duties and obligations.
In addition to the oratorical contest, the Oxford American Legion Post 111 is actively involved in the Safety Village Program, a five-day course designed to teach preschool children safety procedures through activities and demonstrations. The program, held in collaboration with Anniston and Oxford Fire Departments, covers various safety topics, including bike safety, traffic safety, and fire safety.
Furthermore, the Legion introduces the Post 111 AWSOM Scholarship Program, providing financial assistance to deserving students in Anniston, Weaver, Saks, Oxford, and Munford. Administered by the Post 111 AWSOM Scholarship Committee, the scholarship is awarded annually to seniors meeting specific academic criteria.
In addition to its educational and scholarship programs, the Oxford American Legion Post 111 extends its outreach to students through a compelling comic book. This free resource, centered around the importance of the American flag, is a creative and engaging tool designed to instill a deeper understanding of patriotism and national pride. Schools or groups interested in obtaining copies of this insightful comic book are encouraged to reach out to the local Oxford Post 111. The Legion’s commitment to fostering civic awareness and appreciation for national symbols further underscores its dedication to shaping informed and responsible citizens within the community.
For those interested in the Legion’s initiatives, including the oratorical contest, Safety Village Program, and scholarship opportunities, information is available through the Oxford American Legion Post 111.