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As Memorial Day passes and summer begins, the American Legion continues its unwavering dedication to honoring the brave men and women who have served and are serving our country. On Memorial Day, our Post hosted a crowd of around 50 people after the ceremony at Oakhill Cemetery. A the Post we held a brief ceremony which consisted of a eleven plaque dedications on the Honor and Remembrance Wall for Escondido Fire Department personnel, a short history of Memorial Day, and the playing of Taps by Gretchen Heffler, Bugles Across America, followed by a luncheon prepared by our very own 1st Vice Commander, Paul McNamara. The Post was bustling with people and activity and I want to say thank you to all who helped pull it off. 

Post Officers will be sworn in on Sat. June 1, 2024 at 11:00am in the Hall. Diane DeVries, American Legion Department of California Parliamentarian, will be conducting the swearing in. All are invited to attend. 

The Post Officers elected are:

  • Jennifer Holden, Commander
  • Paul McNamara, 1st Vice Commander
  • Stef Holden, 2nd Vice Commander
  • Art Lubben, Finance Officer
  • John Putnam, Sgt-at-Arms
  • Jim Botts, 2 year E-board
  • Harold Olson, 2 year E-board
  • Drew Riley, 1 year E-board
  • Jeff Sheggrud, 1 year E-board

Appointed Officers:

  • Adjutant: VACANT
  • Chaplain: Chuck Faupel
  • Judge Advocate: Penu Pauu
  • Historian: VACANT
  • Service Officer: Harold Olson

The vacant offices need to be filled and I am reaching out to you as Post Members to offer your time and effort to help manage the Post. I cannot do this alone and I need your support to make the Post successful. To get more information on what each Posting entails please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call me 760-533-7920. I look forward to hearing from you.

Looking ahead, we have a busy calendar in June. Escondido Battalion of Sea Cadets will be holding their end of year banquet and awards ceremony on June 1st. The Brothers of 6 will be hosting their 4th Annual San Diego Day Luggage and Sock Drive to benefit the San Pasqual Academy on June 15, 2024 at 4:00pm on the Patio. The San Pasqual Academy is the first-in-the-nation residential education campus designed for youth in foster care that serves as a placement option for 12-17 year olds and Non-minor dependents up to age 19. Please bring a new piece of luggage or package of socks to the Post to support this worthy cause. 

For more information on upcoming events, please visit our website to view the calendar and follow us on Facebook! See you around the Post!

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