Garden Oaks Post 560

Post History

The American Legion is a mutual-aid and social wartime veterans’ organization, founded in 1919 by veterans returning from WWI, and was later chartered under Title 36 of the US Code.  With nearly 3 million members in 14,000 Posts worldwide, the Legion exists to support veterans through issue-oriented US politics, lobbying on behalf of the interest of veterans and service members.

Garden Oaks Post 560 was founded on May 21, 1946 by World War I and the recently returned World War II veterans living in the Garden Oaks-Oak Forest area. By 1948 they met in a pavilion on a five acre lot on the corner Golf and Judiway which they landscaped with a playground and ball field. They donated this land to the city for use as a park and is now referred to as American Leigon Park. We moved into our current post home at 3720 Alba in 1951.

We are a community centered Veterans Service Organization devoted to helping other Veterans Service Organizations in the Houston Area, devolping a strong sense of national pride in our youth and children, advocating for a strong but efficient military, and promoting an atmosphere of stewardship and individual obligation between our veterans and the communities they live in.  We truly are local organization with a national impact.

For most of us our service has ended, but as American Legionnaires we stand ready to do our part in the fight to make our community, state, and nation a place we can all be proud of.  We do not discriminate based on age, gender, race, creed or political affiliation. All that matters is your devotion to your fellow veteran and community.


Affiliated Organizations

A Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post ____ was formed on _______. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Auxiliary.  Auxiliary members are always anxious and willing to co-operate in every Legion activity.

A Sons of the Legion for American Legion Post ____ was formed on _______. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Sons of Legion unit, which gained statewide recognition because of it's programs of service.

Patriotic Days

MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the _____ community, the  goal of every Veteran to it's last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday.

ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans. It has been in ____.  Annually the Post sponsored the Armistice Day Parade. An important tradition was established when the Post led in the memorial exercises at 11 o'clock on the morning of November 11, marking the exact hour of the cessation of hostility on the war fronts.

Registration Of Graves

Since it's inception American Legion Post ___ has been a leader in this community in the area of graves registration; which has been incorporated by all the American Legion Posts in ___ County. Grave Registration enables all interested parties to locate the site of the grave of each Veteran. American Legion Post ___ acquired a burial lot in ______ Cemetery and this has been marked by the erection of a massive monument marking it as the burial lot for servicemen without kin. Each year, active members place a flag on each Veteran's grave.

Scholarships and Community Projects

American LegionPost --- sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the National American Legion.

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