Commander: Robert Dassat
The American Legion is the nation's largest veterans organization, supporting present active duty military personnel along with its commitment to all veterans and their families.
Membership and meetings
Benjamin Sullivan Post 155, organized in February of 1920, has 560 members. The first meetings were held in the Community House until 1957, when the present post on North Street was built. The post conducts their monthly membership meetings on the first Tuesday of each month and Executive Committee meetings on the fourth Tuesday of each month, both at 7:00 p.m.
The building has a meeting hall, a dining hall, which is often rented for receptions and is smoke-free. There is a newly renovated oak bar and cocktail lounge. The meeting rooms can be used by local and civic organizations. There are bowling alleys, and a large ball field, where a carnival and a circus are set up during the year. There is also a picnic area and pavilion, also available for private parties. The post donates use of the ball fields for all local youth baseball, softball, soccer and football activities. They sponsor American Legion baseball, Babe Ruth and Little League Teams. The picnic area includes a pond where an annual children's fishing derby is held. The group and its Ladies Auxiliary sponsor local youth to attend Boy's State and Girl's State programs. Grounds are also used by the Dalton Fire Department for training and annual firemen's muster.
Hanging in front is a painting of the town's favorite son, Jeff Reardon, a former Red Sox pitcher who is now retired. On all national holidays, the Legion displays flags honoring deceased members and others.
Son's of the Legion
In 1997, this Post re-established a charter for a Son's of the Legion which currently meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and has 79 members. Anyone interested in eligibility can call Post Commander Robert Dasset at 684-9716. It is a great way to honor a veteran whom you were related to. For those who were never in the service and had a Veteran in their family, they are entitled to join this organization.
There is also a very active Women's Auxiliary Unit whose current president is Gloria Schilling. This group has won many state awards and is ranked as one of the best units in the state.
American Legion Riders
This is an active group of American Legion members who are also motorcycle enthusiasts and enjoy participating in parades and fundraisers. The current president (updated Jan 2013) is Laura White, email@example.com