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Maricopa American Legion Post 133 celebrates 8 years of progress
This year, the American Legion Post 133 celebrated its eighth anniversary in Maricopa.  The organization chose to celebrate the accomplishment with an open house and
ribbon cutting ceremony at the Maricopa Veterans Center.

Post commander Derek Jeske talked about the honor it has been for him to serve as commander for the past two years. He said that during that time, the post has
expanded its reach in the community because of the strong foundation that former Post 133 members have established.

“All these individuals in the past have paved the way, and we hope to continue the tradition,” he said. “We’re always looking for ways to expand ourselves in the
community.”

The Post consist of a Legion Riders group which are motorcycle riders who participate in parades and other ceremonies while also providing a social aspect and promoting
motorcycle safety.

The Auxiliary , consisting of the wives, daughters, granddaughters and other female figures in a veteran’s life. Much of their outreach is focused on the emotional support
of veterans.

The "Sons of the American Legion" (SAL) which consist of sons, or grandsons of Legion members or deceased veterans.

Through these three areas, the Legion Post provides support for veterans and their families. They also focus on community engagement.

Some of their programs include sponsoring an American Legion baseball team, sending students to the American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy and the
American Legion Boys State Program. Our Post  teaches  flag etiquette in the schools, help veterans file claims and comforting veterans’ families after they pass away.

The post also hosts a series of events, including a Veterans Day parade and a veterans 5-kilometer run.

Commander Jeske said they are trying to raise awareness in Maricopa about veterans and the needs they may have. They are also trying to connect veterans in the city to
the Post to help them get the resources they may need. We have come a long way in eight years and  hope we can continue to add programs to support the community in
various ways.

“We spread our wings out in the community a little more each day,” he said.

The Post holds meetings every third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Veterans Center off the Maricopa-Casa Grande Highway.
Third Annual Veterans Run and Pancake Breakfast
November 4th
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Veterans Day Parade
On November 11, 2017 we participated in the first ever Maricopa Veterans Day Parade. This parade was made possible by the efforts of our
American Legion Auxiliary Unit and especially its President Gaby Potter.

Our Post had a large contingent of members walking in the parade.  Pictured are members of our Post, the Auxiliary, our American Legion float
with Bagpipers Terry Oldfield and Dave Munday, members of our American Legion Baseball Team and Our American Legion Riders Group.
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