Boys State

Rusty Strait | Senior Reporter

The American Legion Post 53 has been in recruitment mode for our Boys State. Robert Farris, our Second Vice Commander, has been in contact with our local schools, recruiting both boys and girls for Boys State.

American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for U. S. High school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield.

In 2022 new legislation for Boys State came down for National to include girls into Boys State, so now it is open to girls too.

Future Events

March 2023, we will have our Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event at American Legion Post 53, with Martha Zaragosa hosting the event starting at 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP Martha at 562-440-5804.

On March 25, 2023, American Legion Riders will have their annual Bike show with vendors, music and food. The event starts at Post 53, located at 124 N. Ramona in downtown Hemet at 10:00 a.m. We will keep you posted on current and future events. Just sayin’

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