Sgt. William H. Harrison
American Legion, Post 190
Portsmouth, VA 23704



Post News

Since its founding in 1945, the Post has been, and continues to be, community oriented and dedicated to the assistance of sick and disabled veterans, and is ever mindful of the welfare of orphans and widows.  The Post also makes available its meeting hall to other civic and service organization of the community that have no hand of their own.  On a case by case basis, the Post responds to request for assistance from individuals and organizations.  The Post also sponsors tutoring sessions for students needing the assistance.  Also, Victory, Brighton and Douglas Park Elementary School has been adopted by the Post.


Activities sponsored by the Post on an annual basis are:  in January/February Oratorical Contest, Law and Order Day and Post Everlasting,  March/April, Easter program for children; June, sending local high school students to the American Legion Boy's State encampment, and to the Junior Law Cadet Program; September (or as changed), Fish Bowl participation; October, Safe Halloween party for children; November,  Veteran Day Parade and Special Veteran Day Program, Thanksgiving Day baskets distributed; December, Veterans/Old Timers luncheon with spinal injury patients from the Veteran Medical Center in Hampton as special guests, and since 1946, the annual Christmas morning "Gift to Yanks" visit to the Veterans Medical Center to distribute Christmas gifts to all available ill and convalescent veterans regardless to race, creed and color.


Among contributions and awards from Post 190 have been scholarships to local students attending Norfolk State University, Hampton University, Virginia State University, and James Madison University; American Legion ROTC awards for scholastic excellence to local collegiate ROTC students.  The Post has also contributed to the Mayor's Drug Abuse Task Force and over the years, to the United College Fund.  The Post is also a life member of the NAACP.  On an as need basis, American flags are presented to local school.


From  its early beginning and continuing down to the present, Post 190 remains aware of, and is conscientiously dedicated to its American Legion raison d'etre-the inculcation of a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation.