"Edward W Thompson" Post 49



Edward W Thompson American Legion Post 49
129 Michigan Ave.
South Haven, MI 49090

E-mail:  SouthHavenAmericanLegion@gmail.com

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Join us for Memorial Day 2024

Be sure to join us for the South Haven annual Memorial Day parade 900 Monday 27 May along Center St., Phoenix St. and then Bailey St. to Lakeview Cemetery where the ceremony will take place at 1000. The parade will be led by Medal of Honor recipient Jim ‘Doc’ McCloughan for the 54th year, who will also be the honored guest speaker. 
Following the Memorial Day ceremony at Lakeview, the AL Post 49 Honor Guard will also visit the South Haven Nursing Home at noon followed by McDowell Cemetery, Stephenson Cemetery, Chambers Cemetery and Covert Cemetery to perform a memorial ceremony.
Also at 12 noon in front of City Hall,  there will be a flag raising followed by the reading of the nearly 1,500 names of US Armed Forces members from Michigan, who died during the Korean conflict with Korean War-era veterans particularly welcome.
Our local veterans ask that you dress up for the parade and other activities by wearing a poppy to honor the fallen and support the living heroes who have worn our nation’s uniform. Poppies will be available Friday & Sunday at South Haven Walmart, Saturday at Menards, Friday-Sunday in the downtown area and Saturday at  the Farmers Market. All donations received for poppies will go directly to supporting local veterans and their families.

If weather does not allow the parade to take place, the Memorial Day ceremony will be conducted at South Haven High School Listiak Auditorium from 1000-1100 Memorial Day.

For additional information please contact John Barkley, Commander American Legion Post 49
at  jmbarkley1@aol.com or cell phone 269-999-6885.



Memorial Day 2023

Parade Grand Marshall Jim Montgomery and MOH Recipient Jim McCloughan


At the first stop, Buchanan Post 51, of the 14Apr2023 Steve Hamilton American Legion Post bus tour,

Larry Money, second from left and next to the Post 51 Cdr., gave some of the Post 49 visitors a guided tour of the

Post 51 War Memorial Room. We were impressed !

Post 49 also received warm welcomes at Berrien Springs Post 85, Bridgman Post 331 for Friday dinner, Stevensville Post 568 and Benton Harbor Post 105. 


A distinguished visitor to the Four Chaplains Memorial Event on 4Feb2023 at AL Post 28 in Grand Haven, MI


During a Sunday 22Jan2023 ceremony at the American American Legion Post in Paw Paw, Glenn Higgs received a surprise gift of a motorized wheelchair.
Glenn's family was hidden from sight until the award was made and are shown with Glenn.
The Paw Paw Post brought all of the pieces together to acquire the chair and did a great job with the presentation to Glenn. Bruce Thatcher nominated Glenn early in the process and fortunately was recently named as the winner.
We are all very happy for Glenn and wish him best of luck during future fishing and hunting trips using his new vehicle.



The recent 9/11/2022 Post 49 Salute to Veterans was attended by some very special guests.


Post 49 29March2022 Vietnam War Veterans Day Salute



A small but enthusiastic Celebration of the American Legion 103rd Anniversary 15March2022.

We really enjoyed Larry's cake !


The Patriots Garage non-profit organization presented certificate of appreciation awards to AL Post 49 SAL and AL organizations for their support. Richard and Doug also gave a brief overview of spending, results and near-term future plans. They reported having 69 Army, 23 USMC and 8 Navy members from Van Buren, St. Joseph and Cass Counties with several requests to start satellite chapters in other locations. 


10Nov2021 Marine Corp Birthday Celebration





SAL Chaplain John Michael McCormack attended the 5Aug2021 AL Membership Meeting and presented a  donation from VALOR to the American Legion.

Cmdr. Jason Turner and Finance Officer Tom Dryer are shown receiving the VALOR check from John Michael.





Commander Turner is supervising the cake cutting to celebrate the Army’s 246th Birthday,

at a safe distance from the saber.



Jim Montgomery receives a 50 Year AL Service Award Certificate




Jim "Doc" McCloughan celebrating Medal of Honor Day


AL Post 49 Commander Jason Turner serving cake to celebrate the 102 Birthday of the American Legion



Jim Montgomery receiving the Meritorious Service Award

Tom Miller and Terry Page receiving 50 Year Membership Awards 

Tom Breen receiving the Post 49 Legionnaire of The Year Award



South Haven SAL Post 49 Squadron Adjutant Greg McCormack  presents a grateful appreciation "Shooting Star Award" to South Haven Meijer Store Director Sandy Wright as Squadron Commander Earl Lash looks on. Sandy and the Meijer store made generous contributions last year to the annual Larry Carlson Memorial Senior Thanksgiving dinner Despite Covid restrictions, more than 330 local area residents either picked up or had the dinners delivered to them, thanks to Sandy and the Meijer's South Haven store‚Äč








Commander Jason Turner from AL Post 49 in South Haven presents the "Helping Hand Award" on Jan 2, 2021 to Tim on behalf of  Richland Meat Market owner Jim Nieuwenhuis. The Richland Meat Market supplied "the meat" for SAL Special Pork Chop dinner events to raise money for the South Haven Community Children's Christmas Fund.










American Legion Meritorious Service Medals were presented to Chuck Aubrey and Steve Hamilton in
recognition of their ongoing high level of support to the AL Post 49 Family. Congratulations to both !









A 48 Star Flag was recently donated by prior AL Post 49 Cmdr. Stan Wakild to Adj. Tom Breen.  Your donations have allowed this flag, used 1912-1959, to be conserved and mounted in the club dining room to teach our Flag’s history.








                        A LONG WAY FROM THIS      AND          THIS AT START OF 2011        

           TO THIS 



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