Legionnaires from Austin L. Grove American Legion Post 403 in Glen Rock made more than 15 presentations on Veterans Day to fourth and sixth-grade students at Shrewsbury Elementary School in the Southern York County School District (SYCSD).
The Legionnaires spoke briefly about what their experience during their military service was like as well as what being a veteran means to them. Post 403 Legionnaires and other veterans began speaking in SYCSD fourth-grade classrooms in 1997 at Southern Elementary School and continued at Shrewsbury Elementary School when it opened in 1998. A highlight of this year's presentations was Legionnaire and U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Rick Siegel, who spoke after returning from deployment in Afghanistan less than three weeks before the event.
Officers and nearly 60 members of Post 403, Post 403's American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion Squadron 403 were all present at the Glen Rock Borough Council's Veterans Memorial Park wall dedication ceremony at the park, located at 13 Baltimore St. Post 403, along with other organizations, also provided financial support, time, and services for this project.
Post 403 was named after Glen Rock's first native killed in the Great War, Austin L. Grove, of the 313th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division, American Expeditionary Forces, who was killed in action at Montfaucon, France, during the Meuse Argonne Offensive on Sept. 28, 1918, at the age of 26.
Post 403 meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. The Sons of the American Legion Squadron meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., and the American Legion Auxiliary meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Post 403 sponsors American Legion baseball, Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 48, Boys and Girls State, and numerous other community and scholastic activities and opportunities within the SYCSD area.