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Posted on: January 12, 2022

American Legion Family Post 408 to Receive the 2022 Mayor’s Award of Excellence

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Mayor Randy White has named American Legion Family Post 408 as the recipient of the 2022 Mayor’s Award of Excellence. The award was established in 2002 as a way to honor an individual, family, organization, or business that has contributed significantly to the Derby community. The award will be presented to the Legion members at the Jan. 25 City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Derby City Hall, 611 Mulberry Road.

“We are grateful to have a strong American Legion presence in Derby,” said Mayor Randy White. “Our close relationship with the American Legion is invaluable as is their volunteerism and support of the Derby community. We appreciate all they do.”  

The American Legion Family Post 408 has had a presence in Derby since 1990, when it was chartered with approximately 267 members. Here are some examples of the American Legion members’ community service projects over the years:

  • Opened a new post home in Derby at Georgie and Washington in 2021. The membership has put in approximately 4,500 hours of volunteer labor for the new post home to-date.
  • Dedication of Rock Road (between Derby and Wichita) as Veterans Memorial Road.
  • Food Drives for the Derby and Haysville Food Banks.
  • Pancake Feeds for the Derby Food Bank and Derby Operation Holiday.
  • Firefighter of the Year and Police Officer of the Year awards for the City of Derby.
  • Placed flags at the Hillcrest and El Paso cemeteries.
  • Participated in the Memorial Day ceremony at Hillcrest Cemetery and Veterans Day ceremony at the Walk of Freedom.
  • Provided free swim nights at Rock River Rapids for all USD 260 students and their families.
  • Pancake Feeds for BBQ teams at the City’s Smoke on the Plains BBQ & Music Fest.
  • Independence Day Parade and Christmas Parade.
  • Supported the Derby Operation Holiday Poker Run.
  • Participated in the 911 ceremony at Derby Fire & Rescue Station 81.
  • Assisted with the Drive-Thru Christmas event hosted by the City. 

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

American Legion Family Post 408 consists of four groups.

  • The American Legion was chartered in 1990 with approximately 267 members. 
  • The American Legion Auxiliary was chartered in 1990 with approximately 82 members. 
  • Sons of The American Legion was chartered in 2007 with approximately 84 members. 
  • American Legion Riders was chartered in 2007 with approximately 52 members. 

Learn more about the Mayor’s Award of Excellence and see past recipients at DerbyKS.com/MayorsAward

 

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