The Chula Vista Post 434 Story
Since 1931, there has been are large presence of American Legion members supporting the City of Chula Vista. The American Legion, chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness, is the nation’s largest veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
Chula Vista Post 434 was originally chartered as the local support organization on May 15, 1933. The post was originally chartered as the "Jean Frederick Loba Post” and was later renamed Chula Vista Post 434 on September 6, 1955 in recognition of the community in which it serves and upon the revised charter when it moved to its present location in Eucalyptus Park at 47 5th Avenue. For 58 years, Chula Vista Post 434 at its current location has proudly become a center for bringing the American Legion’s Four Pillars of Service (Americanism, Children and Youth, National Security, and Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation) to the community.
Over the years, the Post 434 Family comprised of the three American Legion partner organizations of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sons of the American Legion have contributed to and greatly enhanced the community of Chula Vista. The Post 434 Family has provided school scholastic awards and scholarships to deserving students at several middle and high schools in the local area, sponsored Boys State and Girls State awardees for a week at the State Capital in Sacramento to learn about how our government functions, and provided direct support to several child support related organizations to care for our most valuable citizens of tomorrow. Post 434 works together with our local Police, Firefighters, and Border Patrol recognizing their efforts for our public safety and local efforts towards national security. And, Post 434 works closely with several other organizations in support of community service to Chula Vista.
For 80 years, the Chula Vista Post 434 Family has served as a strong support organization for the area and as a gathering place for community services, veteran’s advocacy, community fundraising, and special events, such as our Annual 9/11 Remembrance Prayer Breakfast and Memorials for Fallen Veterans. As the 4th largest of 500 American Legion Posts in the State of California, Chula Vista Post 434 is proud to be one of the oldest community service organizations in the area and equally proud to serve in the best community of Chula Vista, California.
A Women's Auxiliary Unit of American Legion Post 434 was formed on November 5th, 1955. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Auxiliary. Auxiliary members are always anxious and willing to co-operate in every Legion activity. American Legion Unit 434 is a strong force and key component of the American Legion Post 434 Family.
A Sons of the Legion Squadron Program for American Legion Post 434 was formed on November 12th, 1957. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Sons of Legion Squadron, which gained statewide recognition because of it's programs of service. The Sons of the American Legion Sqadron 434 is a key program of the American Legion Post 434 Family.
A Legion Riders Chapter Program for American Legion Post 434 was recently formed. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Legion Riders, which gained statewide recognition because of it's programs of service. Assembled from members of Veterans, Auxiliary, and Sons from among the Post 434 Family, the Legion Riders Chapter 434 is soon to be a key program of the American Legion Post 434 Family.
A Garage Crew Program for American Legion Post 434 was recently formed. The Legion has great expectations of the auto enthusiasts that comprise the Garage Crew. Assembled from members of Veterans, Auxiliary, and Sons from among the Post 434 Family, Garage Crew 434 is soon to be a key program of the American Legion Post 434 Family.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Chula Vista community, the goal of every Veteran to it's last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday.
ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans. Each Year, the Post 434 Family, in cooperation with Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2111 and Fleet Reserve Association Branch 61, coordinate an Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony held at Memorial Park Bowl, as well as the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony held at Glenn Abbey Memorial Cemetery.
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