Photo caption (left to right): John Pickard, 45-year member, Zack Pendell, Past Michigan Sons Commander, Don Couillard, 40-year member.


Two Gladstone, Mich., Sons honored for continuous membership

Gladstone, MI

Gladstone’s August Mattson Sons of the American Legion honors continuous membership

Two members of the August Mattson Squad 71 of the Sons of The American Legion were recently honored for continuous membership: Donald Couillard for 40 years and John Pickard for 45 years.

“Clearly, reaching this milestone is a very special occasion,” commented Past Michigan Sons Commander Zack Pendell from Post 170 in Three Rivers. “It is also a very special occasion for the local squad since it is a testimony of their loyalty to the Sons of The American Legion over the years.” Both Donald and John are valued members, both having served as commander and various offices in the squadron. Their continued contribution is vital for the Sons to continue to be successful in helping our fellow Legionnaires and veterans. According to Pendell, “the Sons is the best program the Legion ever established as we take care of all other programs the Legion sponsors. We are here because of the veterans, so let's help a veteran whenever we can”.

The Sons of The American Legion was founded for preserving the American Legion's traditions and programs while improving the quality of life for our nation's children, caring for veterans and their families and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.

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