Joseph B. Westnedge Post 36, P.O. Box 19248 , Kalamazoo, Michigan 49019

The American Legion Preamble “For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a 100-percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and good will on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness."

The Four Pillars of The American Legion

In 1919, the American Legion was established with a simple mission of four duties that form the four pillars upon which all of our programs rest. It’s who and what we are–The American Legion. The Four Pillars are: Veterans, Youth, A Strong National Defense, and Americanism. These four pillars shape our work and what we do for America
Since our charter in 1919, American Legion Post 36 has been welcoming Veterans from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community. Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble below.

Important Numbers:

Don’t Face the VA Alone! Use an American Legion accredited Veteran Service Officer. Find one near you by calling 313-964-6641. Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: 800–mich-vet (642-4883) Veteran Suicide Hotline—800– 273-8255 VA Veteran Homeless resources—877-424-3838 American Legion Department of Michigan: 517-371-4720

2022 9/11 Silent Climb

10 Sep 2022, Post 36 had the great honor of participating in this great event hosted by the WMU Army ROTC at Waldo Stadium, Commander Don Gillespie, Sr. Vice Dennis Lutz, and Finance Officer Dave Carvell participated in the stair climb. Adjutant Steve Caudill and his wife Desma manned the registration desk.