84 Bay State Road
Rehoboth, MA 02769
Monday-Sunday 3 PM to 11 PM
The American Legion, Post 302 is very active in the town of Rehoboth. The membership is very generous and contributes funding (12 to 13 thousand dollars a year) to many town organizations including Helping Hands, fuel assistance, the Police Association, and local little league. The post also donates funds to the Veteran's Services Office to assist local veterans in need. Recently the post, a non-profit organization, voted to donate $2000 to the town of Rehoboth. Additionally the Ladies Auxiliary offers two scholarships to new graduates from D-R Regional High School. Sons of the American Legion - is a group for descendants (sons or daughters) of veterans and/or members of the American Legion. This group assists Post 302 and matches donations made by the post.
AMERICAN LEGION POST 302
DEDICATION OF BENCHES
MAY 29, 2010
Craig Houston Waterman
U.S. Marine Corps
Born: October 14, 1943
Died: July 30, 1967
Hometown: Rehoboth, Massachusetts
Graduated: DRRHS, June 1961
Specialty: 7562, Pilot Medium Helicopter Killed in Action: 30 July 1967 in Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam
Vietnam Wall: Panel 24E, Line 053
Marker: Arlington National Cemetery
Final Burial: Rehoboth Village Cemetery
Captain Benjamin Wilson Sammis
Born: March 18, 1974
Died: April 5, 2003
U.S. Marine Corps
Hometown: Rehoboth, Massachusetts
Graduated: DRRHS, June 1992
Parents: Steven and Beth Sammis
Widow: Stacey D. Sammis
Specialty: 7565, Pilot, fixed/rotary wing
Killed in Action: Ali Aziziyal, Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom
Final Burial: Area 60, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
INFORMATION FOR LOCAL VETERANS
Identification Cards for military discounts are NOT available from local veterans’ service officers. Depending upon the store or restaurant some will honor your discharge papers. Some will recognize your VA Health Care ID Card. Some, on the other hand, are only offering the discount to Active Duty Service embers, Reservist and National Guard, and Military retirees.
VA Health Care is looking to get all Vietnam veterans signed up. There is no income ceiling for qualification as there has been in the past. If your discharge shows you received some form of Vietnam service ribbon or award, you are eligible for immediate enrollment. Just take your discharge to the nearest VA Hospital and ask to be enrolled.
Veterans’ Memorial Committee oversees the Rehoboth Veterans Memorial on the Redway Plain, Route 44 in Rehoboth. Other veterans memorials are located at Palmer River Elementary School and Sammis/Waterman athletic complex.
Old Flags should never be thrown in the trash. They also should never be simply burned in your back yard. Give then to either a civic organization or veterans’ organization that conducts a dignified disposal ceremony. The Veterans’ Service Officer at Town Hall has a box for old flags.
Veterans Designations are now available through the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV). Massachusetts veterans can have the word “Veteran” appear on their driver’s license or ID card. There is no additional cost for the "Veteran" designation, as long as it is added during an individual’s license renewal process. Standard license renewal and duplication fees apply.
Honor Flight New England offers transportation to World War II veterans who with to visit the World War II Memorial at no cost.
Dial offers transportation to World War II veterans who with to visit the World War II Memorial at no cost.
Rehoboth resident Joseph Love, a veteran and member of American Legion Post 302, donated an American ‘Holiday Flag’ to the town on the eve of Veteran’s Day. Last flown on the Air Craft Carrier, USS Kennedy (CV-67) in 1969, was raised on the flagpole at the Rehoboth Veterans Memorial gazebo on Veterans Day. This special flag will be flown at the memorial on every military holiday. Photo taken at sunset on Veterans Day was submitted by Jake Kramer, the town’s Veterans Services Officer.
A ceremony was held on November 11 at 11 Am at the Rehoboth Veterans cenotaph on the corner of Route 44 and Danforth, followed by the placing of a wreath at the Rehoboth Veterans Memorial gazebo on the Redway Plain.
Rehoboth resident Joseph Love, a veteran and member of American Legion Post 302 donated an American “Holiday Flag” to the town. The flag was last flown on the Air Craft Carrier, USS Kennedy (CV067) in 1969. The special flag was raised on the flagpole at the gazebo and will be flown at the memorial on every military holiday.
A free luncheon was held in the afternoon at American Legion Post 302 for local veterans and their immediate family members.
Thank you to Gail Roy for your contribution to Veterans Services in memory of John Nowell, a Rehoboth veteran, and also to Betty Lawton for your contribution in commemoration of Veterans Day.
During Military Appreciation Month in September 2016, Home Depot approved a grant to American Legion Post 302 in Rehoboth. On November 10, a Home Depot crew arrived to build a handicap ramp leading into the American Legion’s Hall. They finished in less than one working day, just in time for Veterans Day. Outstanding work, Home Depot!
Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony 2015
Each year the Memorial Day Parade switches between Dighton and Rehoboth. This year it will be held in Rehoboth on Monday, May 25 and will kick off at 10:30 AM (line-up between 9:30 and 10 AM) from the Gladys L. Hurrell Senior Center at 55 Bay State Road (Route 118) and proceed down Bay State Road through the village area to the Veterans Memorial gazebo at the Redway Plain where parking will be available at the west end off Pond Street.
The Memorial Day Ceremony will begin around 11:30 AM followed by the dedication of the new Veterans Memorial Gazebo. There will be a tribute to Vietnam Veterans as this year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of that war. Anyone who would like to participate and march in the parade is welcome. Please RSVP by phone or e-mail. Even if you don’t RSVP, you can just show up and we will fit you in.
Meaning of Memorial Day
On May 5, 1868, Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan issued General Order #11 that established Memorial Day to remember those who died in service to their Country. This year marks the 147th celebration of Memorial Day and will be held on May 25, 2015. By Act of Congress we celebrate this day on the last Monday in May.
Often the Nation as a whole takes for granted the freedoms that all Americans enjoy today. To many of us, Memorial Day marks the start of summer, Memorial Day sales and a three-day weekend. We must all remember the true meaning of this day and pay tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to ensure that those freedoms and liberties continue to endure.
Gary Kurpius, a past Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars made the statement in one of his speeches that “sacrifice without remembrance is meaningless”. We celebrate Memorial Day to ensure that the sacrifices of those men and women are never forgotten.
It is the responsibility of every Veteran and every American to pass on to our youth the true meaning of Memorial Day. We do this with parades and ceremonies but most importantly by talking to each other and affirming what this day means. Even if you can’t attend these events, I will ask you to spend a few minutes on May 25, 2015 to discuss the meaning of this day with your family and friends.
(Jack Taylor, Rehoboth VSO)
Selectmen Appoint New Veterans Services Officer
(October 15, 2014) Rehoboth selectmen last night voted to appoint Jack Taylor to the position of Veterans Services Officer (VSO) after a committee led by Selectman Dave Perry narrowed the field down to one candidate.
“We are very comfortable with him,” said Perry. “With his experience, he is best to slide into the position.”
Taylor, a Navy veteran, brings a tremendous amount of experience to the VSO position. During his career following retirement from active duty, he held the position of Director of the Newport Naval Hospital, and then moved into the non-profit sector working as chief financial officer for the Visiting Nurse Association of Southeastern Massachusetts. After retiring in 2011, he worked as the VSO for the Town of Dighton. Taylor told selectmen working as VSO was “the best job of my career.”
Selectmen unanimously approved his appointment pending the usual background checks and pre-employment physical.
Veterans Memorial Ground Breaking
(September 24, 2013 ) The official groundbreaking for the new Rehoboth Veterans Memorial will take place on Monday, October 7 at 5 PM on the Redway Plain. Enough funds have now been raised to begin setting the foundation and building the gazebo. Construction will take place this fall with an anticipated finish date of December 7, Pearl Harbor Day. Fundraising for the memorial gazebo and paved memorial walkways began in the spring. According to Veterans Agent Bill Saunders, the large gazebo with electrical capabilities will be an asset to the town. Organizers hope community groups will take advantage of using the building for events, concerts, portrait photography and possibly even weddings. The town’s Park Commission, responsible for grounds keeping at the Redway Plain, will maintain a grassy area in the area around the memorial. American Legion Post 302 will pay for electricity to the memorial.
More Local Valor Act Hours
(September 5, 2013 ) A proposal to increase the number of service hours performed by veterans in exchange for property tax abatement under the ‘Valor Act’ was approved by the Rehoboth Board of Selectmen.
Under a joint proposal from the town’s assessors and veterans agent, eligible Rehoboth veterans will now be eligible to perform almost forty-four hours of service to the town and receive a maximum of $350 dollars per year as a credit toward their real estate bill in February and May 2015. A total amount of $10,000 in property tax abatements has been set for town’s Valor Act program.
So far this year, fifteen veterans took advantage of the work-off program, one that builds strong and constructive relationships between several municipal departments and skilled, eager-to-help veterans. For more information, contact Veterans Agent Bill Saunders at 508-252-4467.
Korean War Veterans Honored After Memorial Day Parade
(May 26, 2013) A ceremony to dedicate a new Korean War Veterans bronze plaque will be held at Palmer River Elementary School at approximately noon following the Memorial Day Parade. The plaque replaces one that was stolen from the veterans memorial wall located in front of the school. Mrs. George Amaral will be unveiling the recently installed plaque listing all Rehoboth residents who served from in the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.
The combined Dighton-Rehoboth Memorial Day Parade, held in Rehoboth this year, will begin at 10:30 in the village at the Rehoboth Congregational Church. The parade route continues down Bay State Road, right onto Route 44 to Palmer River school. Route 44 will be closed during the period of the parade.
Officials from both towns, along with public safety personnel, are slated to participate along with veterans and community organizations; the Rehoboth Minute Company-13th Continental Regiment; the Dighton Inner Council; and the Dighton-Rehoboth Marching Band.
OLDER NEWS STORIES
Veterans Services Officer 508-252-4467, ext. 3122.
HONOR FLIGHTS FOR WWII and KOREAN WAR VETS
Contact Honor Flight New England for a day to remember. Honor Flight New England transports World War II and Korean War veterans to see their memorials in Washington, DC at NO COST. Contact 603-518-5368 or visit www.honorflightnewengland.org.
New mural at American Legion Post 302 painted by Veronica Hass
NEW PATRIOTIC MURAL AT
LEGION POST 302
(June 14, 2017) Rehoboth American Legion Post 302 has been undergoing remodeling in their lounge and the most recent improvement is a mural that Veronica Hass has just completed and just in time for Flag Day June 14.
This mural represents the 5 branches of the United States Military; the U.S. Army with its’ Abrams M1A2 tank sitting on top of a hill slope, the Marines rising the American Flag on Iwo Jima, the U.S. Air Force F22 Raptor flying through the sky, the U.S. Navy with BB 55 USS Massachusetts and the U.S. Coast Guard with its light house.
This project took over 220 hours with a lot of patients, paint brush the size of a Q-tip and having a steady hand throughout this whole project.