(Here Comes Santa Claus)

This is the time of the year when Santa Claus pops up on every street corner, advertisement and fundraiser. Hemet’s American Legion Post 53, in order to fit right in, has plans for the entire month of December. Beginning on December 7th all veterans, their spouses, children and grand children of Veterans, grandparents who have served in the Armed Forces are welcomed to join the Legion’s very own Santa Claus on “Pearl Harbor Day” to celebrate an early Christmas activity and to enjoy all the goodies awaiting them.

In coordination with The Lords of Ministry, let the festivities begin. Santa is personally calling all Veterans’ kids to come down to 124 Ramona Street in the heart of downtown Hemet for a free Christmas dinner and gifts.

There will be two meal servings, one at 12 noon and the second at 4:00PM. Veterans may present a DD-214card, DOD card, or VA card. Current members of the Armed Forces and their families are also welcomed to join the event.

You may preregister, if you choose, at

These family-oriented get-togethers are fun for everyone. The food is superb and if last year was any example, the toys and gifts are outstanding.

At a time when the dark shadows of hate and mistrust hover over the world like black, storm-laden thunder clouds the Legion Post will be a beacon light to us all. That is especially true to those who are without family or homeless or both. It is a sad event that so many veterans who have put it all on the line so that we as a community can safely celebrate the Christmas Holidays should find themselves alone or on the streets with little hope for a future.

American Legion Post 53 culminates the year, every year, by reaching out to all veterans and their families, just as they do throughout the year.

If you are a local veteran and not familiar with the local Post, this might be just the chance for you to become familiar with all the services they offer. You might also rekindle some of that comradeship that you once developed on some far flung shore or dark jungle at a time when having a comrade often made the difference between life and death. You just never know for sure, do you? Just sayin’

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