The American Legion                         Westcliffe Post 170 
                                                                         

Department of Colorado

Post Programs
Post 170 Honor Guard: Post 170 has a fully uniformed Honor Guard/Color Guard group. We provide funeral services for veterans; lead local parades; post colors for the local school during sports activities. All members of Post 170 are welcome to become a member of the Honor Guard. 'Honored to Serve'
                                           
           Color Guard                                Honor Riders                       Funeral Service

                                                                                                                  
Eagles Summit Ranch: Post 170 and Auxiliary Unit 170 sponsor Wounded Warriors at Eagles Summit Ranch.
                     
Wounded Warriors 9 October 2009

 

Veterans Go To School:

Boys State:

2009 was the first year that a boy attended Boys State from Custer County. As matter of fact, two young men, Matt Brown and Sam Wray attended. Guest speaker at Boys State was Post member MG (USMC/ret) Bob 'Hawk' Hollingsworth, and the state mayor representative was Silver Cliff Mayor Allen Butler (also a Post 170 member). In 2010 five boys and three faculty members attended Boys from Custer County (two of the faculty were Post members). In 2011 & 2012 Past Post 170 Commander, Carol Kennedy, was Colorado Boys State Chairperson. 

2017 Boys State:

American Legion Boys State Now Accepting Applications For 2017

The American Legion Colorado Boys State is now accepting applications from high school junior boys.  Attendance at Boys State is a special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  The 2017 Boys State session is scheduled at CSU Pueblo 4 June through 10 June.   

Attendance is a prestigious opportunity and great honor.  Boys State is a major program of The American Legion National Americanism Commission.  It has been conducted in Colorado annually since 1948.  More than 25,000 young men participate in the national Boys State program each year. More than 2 million young men are graduates of Boys State.  Boys State is open only for High School Juniors.   

Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs for government instruction for high school students in the nation.  It is a participatory program where each delegate becomes a part of the operation of their local, county and state government.  Those graduating can apply for up to 4 college credits that are transferrable to 99% of all colleges in the U.S.   They are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and responsibilities of a franchised citizen.  The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by elected and appointed officials duly placed in office of their respective programs.  Public officials and professional leaders make presentations and every phase of the program includes practical instruction of public officials and citizens.

The American Legion Westcliffe Post 170 sponsors High School Junior boys every year.  All expenses are paid by The American Legion with support from the Wet Mountain  Valley Community Foundation. 

Information and application forms for Boys State 2017 are available on line at http://www.colegionboysstate.org.  Application deadline is 1 May 2017.

The Post 170 local contact for Boys State is Carol Kennedy (783-2462-H), (371-5202-C), email MommaWolf60@gmail.com .

All high school junior boys are strongly encouraged to consider this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.



Boy Scouts of America: Post 170 is the sponsoring organization for Boy Scout Troop 114 and Cub Scout Pack 114 in our community. (Note: One of the young men in the photo below has since joined the Navy and is now a member of Westcliffe Post 170.) The latest recipient of the rank of Eagle Scout is Sam Wray. Sam is also one of the young men that went to Boy's State in 2009.
                          
               Eagle Scout Recipients                             Cub Scout Pack 114 Pinewood Derby

        Other Programs of Westcliffe Post 170

Post 170 provides a Break-the-Fast breakfast at the Channel 9 Health Fair in our community.

Post 170 Members donated 501 manhours to renovating the County Resource Center to make it ADA complient; plus painting and refinishing the basement floor.

Post 170 Flag Detail places flags on untility poles along Main Street during appropriate holidays. The magnicant sight of 1 1/4 miles of flags greets everyone as they come into town.

The annual Memorial Day Ceremony brings hundreds of people together to remember veterans that have died in the service of our country.

Flag Day: All year members of the community bring unserviceable flags to us. On June 14 we give these flags the proper flag disposal ceremony.

Each year members of Post 170 go to school as part of our Veterans Go To School Program. We also teach flag etiquette, holiday safety, and child protection as part of our Children & Youth Program.

Post 170 was granted the state Veterans Trust Fund again in 2016 for the eighth year. These funds are administered through the Post and managed by the Veterans Service Office. Contact Time Swartz at 719-783-9470 or veterans@custercountygov.com or Post Adjutant, Betsy Woodbury at 303-856-4490 for more information. All Custer County Veterans are eligible to receive these funds; you DO NOT have to be a Post 170 member.

POW/MIA Rememberance Day: One year Post 170 set-up a table at the local market providing information about POW/MIAs to the community. Another year our Post gave POW/MIA flags to three organizations in Custer County. In 2010 and 2016 we had a ceremony at the big flagpole at the end of Main Street.

Veterans Day Banquet in Westcliffe is open to the community. We feel that the community is as much a part of our Post, as we are a part of the community.

In 2009 Post 170 hosted Vietnam Warrior Day on May 16. This event was conceived by former Auxiliary President, Lorraine Silva. The idea came to her because of the veterans she had met as the County Veterans Service Office Assistant. The Vietnam Veteran did not get the honors that today's Veteran gets when they return home. Vietnam Warrior Day was our way of saying "Welcome Home and Thank You for your Service."

In 2010 Post 170 began a Scholarship Fund for students of Custer County. Click here for a Scholarship Application printable form.

Westcliffe Post 170 has only been reactivated for nine years. Each year our Post grows in membership; as it grows, so shall the programs of The American Legion at Westcliffe Post 170.
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