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Sons of Legion hosting blood drive, welcoming members
by Jebb Johnston
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The Sons of the American Legion Perry Johns Squadron #6 is expanding its service to the community with a blood drive.

The squadron will host Mississippi Blood Services in front of the American Legion building at 511 South Tate Street next Friday, Oct. 21. The donor coach will be on site from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adjutant John Peebles hopes people will respond.

“We’ve all had a loved one that’s needed blood at some time or another,” he said.

Peebles would also like to see more people get involved with the squadron, which is an organization within the American Legion.

“We are the sons, the grandsons, the stepsons and what-have-you,” he said. “The American Legion, in the early ‘30s, thought after World War I that was the war to end all wars. They thought eventually their membership was going to play out if we never did have another war. They formed the Sons of the American Legion to keep the organization going.”

A squadron was first established in Corinth in 1936 with 40 members.

“Eventually, in the ‘50s, it withered out,” said Peebles, a past commander for the group. “In 1995, me and Richard Reed, a past state commander with the Legion, got it going again, and we’ve been going since ‘95.”

To be eligible for membership, the applicant’s related veteran, if living, must be a Legion member somewhere. If deceased, the veteran must have served between certain eligibility dates, whether or not he or she had membership with the American Legion.

The squadron has its own slate of officers and projects. Each Christmas, the group distributes care packages at the local nursing homes, and it collects worn out flags throughout the year for proper disposal in a flag retirement ceremony each Memorial Day weekend.

The squadron is currently selling chances in a raffle for a shotgun with the drawing to be held on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The raffle will fund distribution of the care packages.
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