About Us - Gahanna American Legion

American Legion Post # 797 is located in Gahanna, Ohio and meets monthly at VFW Post # 4719  the third Thursday of every month.  The VFW Hall is located at the end of Old Johnstown Road directly behind the Veterans Memorial.   Our meetings start at 7:00 pm sharp and normally run about one hour, so if any members wish to attend, they can plan their time to do so.

The Gahanna Post did sponsor two American Legion Baseball teams each year, and we send several boys to Buckeye Boys State for a chance to learn about our government, and how it works.  It provides them a chance to be selected to participate further than that, as they could be selected while at Boys State to advance to Boys Nation, as one of our sponsored boys did in 2007.  Boys Nation attendees get the chance to meet many government officials, including the President.

The Gahanna Post also sponsors an annual Oratorical Contest, and provides the chance for both boys and girls in their Junior and Senior years to participate.   The winners at Post level progress to District level, then to State level, and from there the winner goes to National level, where they have the chance to win money for their advanced schooling.  Local winners get either a Bond or a cash award.  The good thing about this contest is that the contestants can participate in both year's contests, as has happened recently. 

In addition to Buckeye Boys State, the Ladies Auxiliary annually sponsors  girls to attend Buckeye Girls State, where they have the same opportunity as the boys.  They go to Ashland College for their two week stint, and have the same opportunity of progression.  The Post 797 Auxiliary has been very resourceful in having several candidates each year.

 The Legion consists of the main Legion Post, the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 797, The Ladies Auxiliary 797, and the Venture Crew Scouts 797, and to date only the Legion main post has a regular meeting place, but that is being outgrown by our ever-incresing membership, and a Post home is needed.   There are many ways in which to help us in our efforts which you will see when visiting our Support page. 

As you all may have noticed, the Gahanna American Legion Post has an Honor Guard, and so does the VFW Post, but many of those members are older members who are unable to work in every event requested, so at times they must merge into one component to carry out the details in which they participate.  This has caused some confusion in who is who, but please keep in mind that they are all volunteers, and they all do a public service when called upon.  The Honor Guard members, many who still work, give up work time and family time to present Military Honors to departed comrades, whether they are, or were, members of the Post.   If they were in the military service, they are our comrades, it's just that simple. 

The American Legion is always recruiting new members, and if you, or anyone you know, were, or are members of the military, we welcome you to come to a meeting or contact one of the officers on the officers page, and consider becoming a member of the Gahanna American Legion Post 797.  It won't take up much of your time, and the dues are not that great, and, you will be meeting with comrades in arms, some or many who served as you did, with honor and love for your country.  We are not a political organization, just veterans working for other veterans.  If you are a veteran and interested in becoming a member, click on the application.pdf file below, print it, and mail it along with a check for $38 and a copy of your DD Form 214 to - American Legion Post #797, P.O. Box 30843, Gahanna, OH 43230.  A receipt and membership card will be mailed to you.  Contact phone for Gahanna American Legion Post #797 is:  (614) 471-0703.  If no one answers, please leave a voice mail and it will be answered as soon as possible.

 

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