Once again the Chamber of Commerce was back hard at work adding new businesses to the fold and growing the networking opportunities in and around all of Troup County. Many important, vital small businesses have been added in the recent year to the ranks of the Chambers but this past Friday, May 12th the Chamber added a completely different entity to their ranks when they welcomed the American Legion Post 75 to their ever expanding industry.
Dating back almost 100 years ago to 1919, the American Legion was formed in France before becoming an official entity in America by September of that same year. The legion was instrumental in the passing of the G.I. Bill, the organizing of many different special events and occasions, and volunteering to help all of our veterans in need all across the Country. They are constantly lobbying on behalf of veterans and active duty servicemen, making sure that they are taken care of in today’s America. They constantly work hard “For God and Country” and here locally, post 75 has something to celebrate with the opening of their new home and meeting place.
Located at 722 Jenkins Street here in LaGrange, the new home of post 75 is spacious, welcoming, and the perfect spot for the organizations to hold their monthly meetings. That Friday afternoon, the members of post 75 welcomed many Chamber diplomats and several other dignitaries of the community into their new space for a ribbon cutting.
They shared many interesting facts about veterans, specifically those in Troup County. Currently, there are around 14,000 different American Legion Posts around the United States. Here in the County, there are roughly 4800 veterans living among us. This new post can be a safe haven for those in the community that have worked so hard to protect our freedoms. It was with these thoughts in mind that the ribbon was cut that afternoon and the American Legion Post 75 here in Troup County was officially welcomed into the Chamber family.
Taking care of our veterans is one of the most important and precious things that we can do as American citizens. They have fought and risked their lives for us all to have the freedoms that we so desperately love. Fortunately here LaGrange and Troup County, there are many dedicated to doing just that and we must all help them in these endeavors. The Chamber and its continued partnerships with these various like organizations in the community will help the growth that we are all experiencing to continue for quite some time.