American Legion Auxiliary member Peggye McBean takes great pride in knowing that three generations of her family are continuing a tradition of membership and participation within The American Legion Family.
McBean, a member of ALA Unit 259 in Clinton, Md., knows that by being part of the Legion Family — The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of The American Legion, or Legion Riders, she can honor and help our nation’s veterans, servicemembers and their families. It’s also a great way to express patriotism.
“My membership is worthwhile because it’s an opportunity to give back to veterans and servicemembers, the protectors and defenders of our country. We are the generation that needs to make sure they are taken care of and that their services are acknowledged and deemed meaningful to everyone. Patriotism is the love of your country. It’s about what is in your heart — and this is what’s in my heart for our nation’s protectors,” McBean explained.
Her husband Lawrence — a U.S. Army veteran — is a Legionnaire with The American Legion Post 259 in Clinton. He also started an American Legion Riders chapter at that post.
The other two generations include the McBean sons’ memberships in the Sons of The American Legion Squadron 259, a daughter-in-law’s ALA membership in Unit 259, and their granddaughters’ membership as ALA Juniors at Unit 259. The McBeans have a daughter-in-law, who, despite her ineligibility to join ALA, volunteers to help with Legion Family mission-based activities and events.
“Larry and I wanted to make sure we were doing something valuable together, something our children and grandchildren could learn from. It’s one thing to say, for example, ‘My great grandfather was in the military.’ But it’s so important to understand what that means — that sacrifices were made for all of us through that service,” Peggye McBean said.