Meet Auggie Souza. A World War II Army veteran who served in a 90mm Anti Aircraft Mobile Gun Crew. Auggie has the distinction of landing at Normandy.
Post 731 Commander Chuck Camarato loved to listen to Auggie tell his WWII stories. Even if he told the same stories seven times. He always just sat and listened.
One day, Commander Camarato asked Mr. Souza why he didn't have an American Flag in his front yard. Auggie said he used to have one on the side of the house, but it got old.
Commander Camarato told Auggie, he was going to fix that and have veterans come and install a new flag for him.
The commander then talked about the situation at his next Executive Board meeting, and not surprisingly, the officers voted unanimously to purchase and install a 20' telescopic flagpole.
As a caveat, the officers also decided to make Mr. Souza an honorary post member in The American Legion.
On March 29, Camarato, Post 731 2nd Vice Commander Lex Wilson and 22nd District Executive Officer Tomas Luna, completed the installation of Auggie's flag.
Also, presenting to Auggie a WWII veterans shirt, and his new 2015 American Legion membership card.
We would love to see Auggie many times at the post, but we have discovered, that we would be in competition with his favorite local Indian Casino. No matter, Auggie is welcome anytime!