MATTHEW BLOUNT POST 555
P E L H A M, A L A B A M A
The American Legion Matthew Blount Post 555 is dedicated to uphold the principles of God and the Constitution of the United States of America; To provide support to Veterans that have defended and served our country; To preserve the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom; To be a local entity initiating and supporting programs that benefit the community and its youth.
American Legion, Matthew Blount Post 555
Working to promote citizenship and patriotism in our community
PROVIDE support to Veterans
PROMOTE programs that benefit the community and its youth
Chartered in September 2014 with 30 charter members. Today the Post’s roster has grown to 215 members in the last eight years and continues to grow each year. The Post exceeded its goal to have 100 members by December 31, 2015. Post has received 100% renewal recognition for each year 2015-2019.
Matthew Blount Post 555 is a service and family oriented organization serving military troops, Veterans, youth and community. It encourages all our members to be involved in these programs and there are many opportunities to participate. The youth programs include Boys State, Girls State, Oratorical Scholarship Competition, American Legion Baseball and Junior Shooting Sports and is charter sponsor of BSA Troop 404.
The Post is involved in support of veterans & community programs in association with the Alabama National Cemetery, Blue Star Salute Foundation, City of Pelham, Pelham School System, Alabaster School System, Helena School System, Oak Mountain State Park, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR),University of Alabama Ice Hockey program, VA Medical Center to name a few.
The Post has a non-profit 501(c)19 status in addition to 501(c)3 making all donations tax deductible. The Post is fortunate to have the support of the City of Pelham which provides a meeting place at the Pelham Senior Center. It provides ample space to have Post meetings, Post related and family events, Auxiliary, Riders and Sons of The American Legion meetings. The facility serves the Post well in carrying out our mission.
Post monthly meetings are noramly held on the first Thursday of the month at the Pelham Senior Center.
50 Racquet Club Parkway
Pelham, AL 35124
Fellowship with a meal begins at 6:15 pm- Meeting at 7:00 pm
The Legion Riders squadron is eighteen strong and is very active in charity Rides that support Veterans, youth and community. There is a close connection with both the Legion and the Sons Squadron. They have a good relationship with Heart of Dixie Harley Davidson in Pelham . The Riders usually meet on the second Thursday of the month and at the monthly Post meetings. The Auxiliary has been established with the legionnaires to encourage female family members of the Post members to join the unit. They meet at the Post facility during the Post meetings. Renewal rate was 100% for 2017.
American Legion Family includes The Sons of American Legion. The 2022 membership is forty two active members and continues to grow in numbers. They have reached their goal of 100% renewal for every year in existence except during the period of COVID. 2022 the squadron was recognized for achieving 167% membership growth in active members.
The squadron has established an annual event for each Memorial Day to place U.S. Flags on all Veteran gravesites at the Pelham Cemetery with local youth organizations, City of Pelham and the community.
Squadron maintains a Facebook page Sons of the American Legion Squadron 555.
Post 555 maintains both a website www.alpost555.com, Facebook Page www.facebook.com/alpost555 and historical site at https://centennial.legion.org/alabama/post555 .
The Triple Nickel Newsletter is published monthly. Legion information, articles on previous projects and events and information on future activities are included. Newsletter and public media articles are also available on the Post's website under the Publication tab.
Post 555 supports the American Legion Flag Rewards program that is in conjunction with the Flag Replacement Program conducted by the Post Flag Team. Flag Detail and team conducts a formal flag replacement ceremony for businesses and community organizations if the new flag is purchased through the Rewards Program. The program promotes both The American Legion, Matthew Blount Post 555 and the community while creating sales for the Rewards Program. Other Post programs and annual events include July 4th, Veterans Day Veteran recognition, POW/MIA Ceremony, Military Appreciation Night, Veterans Recognition, Memorial Day (cannon crews), Military Deployment Support, and the VA Medical Center Christmas Gift Caravan American Legion, Matthew Blount Post 555 Working to Promote citizenship and patriotism in our community. PROVIDE support to Veterans. PROMOTE programs that benefit the community and its youth.PRESERVE the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.
Army veteran Matt Blount remembered for his self-sacrifice, passion to help others and perseverance, even when cancer ravaged his body.
Post monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month at the
Pelham Senior Center
50 Racquet Club Parkway
Pelham, AL 35124
Fellowship with a meal begins at 6:15 pm- Meeting at 7:00 pm.
Post Executive Committee Meetings
Post Executive Committee meets on every fourth Thursday night of the month at the Pelham Senior Center at 6:30 pm. The meeting is open to all members and guests.
American Legion Riders Meeting
The Triple Nickel Riders meet on the second Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm.
The meeting location is at the HOG Clubhouse at Heart of Dixie Harley Davidson
333 Cahaba Valley Parkway North, Pelham, AL 35124.
Auxiliary Unit 555
The Auxiliary meeting is held at separate times and locations during the day.
Auxiliary members are welcome to attend monthly Post meetings .
Sons of American Legion Squadron 555
The Sons currently meet at the Pelham Senior Center on the second Tuesday of the month
7:00 pm. Members are welcome to also attend Post 555 monthly meeting on the first Thursday
of the month.