American Legion

Town & Country Memorial Post 152

11211 Sheldon Rd, Tampa FL 33626 (813) 920-3282

Lounge Hours: Sun 1 - 9PM,   Mon - Thurs 1 - 10PM,   Fri 1PM - Midnight,   Sat 11:30 AM - Midnight


American Legion Commander's Message: 


Wow! Great start to the summer. We have had many fun events already and there are more to come. Please check the updated calendars on our site: www.post152.com


Again we have had many members step up to donate time and work to help our Veteran cause. Special thanks to Lon and Cliff for fixing the roof on the pump house. Thanks also to Jose Cortes for fixing the soffit in front on the Post and for painting the patio. We also used Jose's wireless system so members could finally hear the words to the Flag Day ceremony.


We are moving right along on screening the patio and it should be completed soon.


Remember, as of 1 September 2019 there will not be any smoking/vaping allowed in the Post building.

The patio will be available for smoking/vaping for your convenience. Please do not take any glasses or bottles out to the patio. I know some members do not care for this new policy but it was overwhelmingly approved by vote of the members at the May General meeting.


Committee chairpersons and team members for the 2019-2020 year is posted on the entrance doorway board.


I'm still traveling a lot and the fabulous Eboard is continuing to handle situations every time. They are great and next time you see one of them, give them a good ole “AT a Boy” (or girl).


Yours in service,


Armond Laframboise

Commander Post 152


American Legion Second Vice Commander Message:

I would like to thank everyone for your participation in the post events over the last year. We have tried to change things up a bit and bring some excitement back to the post. I’m happy you have decided to allow me to continue for another year and I commit to you we will not disappoint. We have some fun events scheduled starting on Labor Day weekend. We will kick it off with a cookout on Saturday August 31. Watch for the details to come and we look forward to seeing you at the post.

Bob Lehmiller

2nd Vice Commander

American Legion Auxiliary President's Message:


Greetings! My name is Lisa Anseeuw. In this, my first newsletter as your 2019-2020 Auxiliary President. Hope everyone had a safe & happy 4th of July. 

I am looking forward to the coming year and ask for continued support. Our general Auxiliary meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 7:15 pm. I would encourage participation as it is the best way to know what our Auxiliary is doing and will be doing. Congratulations to the new 2019-2020 officers for the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #152. They are as follows: President: Lisa Anseeuw, 1st Vice-President: Patty Pritchard, 2nd Vice-President: Andrea Sherman, Chaplain: Donna Pomeroy, Treasurer: Leann Jespersen, Secretary: Joann Lathers, Sgt. at Arms: Vicky Irby, Historian: Open, and Executive Committee: Erin Vaughn, Phyllis Roman, Vickie Sidenbender, and Immediate Past President Mary Kelly-Perkins.

Event planning is in the works for this year and would like that all functions are well attended. Please refer to the post calendar in the lounge for events or go to www.post152.com to check calendar as well.

I would also like to remind that volunteers are always needed to plan/help with our Wednesday dinners, bingo, 50/50's, as well as steak shoots, etc.  All involvement no matter how large or small is greatly appreciated.


Always remember our focus and purpose is that we are here to help veterans in our community.  Without your help, we cannot do the things we do and need to do. 

Thank you.


Yours in Service  

Lisa Anseeuw, President


American Legion Riders Director's Message:

Here is a quick update from the Riders chapter 152


 For the Cause Not the Applause


New Members

We have added four new members, Michael (Tank) & Andrea (Big Bird) Sherman, Robert (Poppa Bunch) & Tracy (I haven’t heard a rider name yet) Harlacher.

You will be seeing them in their riding gear around the post. Say hi.


We have been given permission to operate Bingo on the Fifth Wednesday of the month. This gives us an opportunity to meet more people and to support the Post / the Rider Charities.


I want to thank the Riders who stepped up for our 3rd Wednesday of the month meals.

In June Karen (Sweetee) and Chuck (Biggr) Bigley for their great Stuffed Cabbage dinner.

In July Bob (Yeehaw) and Bonnie (Tweety) are doing a Pork Chop dinner- Always great!

In August Jose’ (Patch) and Earl (440 Volt) are combing their talents to create two different tastes with chicken.

In September Andrea (Big Bird) will do Italian night Spaghetti w/ Meatballs or Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo, Garlic Bread, Salad and Dessert


Memorial Day May   

Bushnell National Cemetery.

Hundreds of bikes rolled into the National Cemetery to honor those who gave all. It was a great and moving ceremony. After the ceremony we took time to visit some of the fallen that we know.

Remember all are welcome to participate in these events. Just let an ALR officer know.

Sick Call

Our Chaplain Jim (Crash) Reedy is in Ohio and dealing with some heart issues.  His Surgery went well and he is working hard to recover.

Keep an Eye out for a chance to support the riders and the Post with a Poker Run and some new ALR Gear soon!


Thank you from the ALR Post 152,

Mike Thorpe

Director, American Legion Riders of Post152     

Boy Scout Troop 246 Message:

Troop 246 Summer Camp


     This year we attended camp at Woodruff Scout Reserve in northern Georgia June 16th through 22nd.  Four adults and 9 scouts were able to attend camp because of their hard work and support of the Legion during our monthly car washes, as well as the generous donations from various post members.


     This year at camp we were able to go white water rafting, work on many merit badges like, fingerprinting, archery, photography and many others.  We camped in two person tents, ate ok food in the mess hall, and enjoyed swimming, hiking, fishing and it was topped off with a  five mile hike using a compass and a topographical map.


Benjamin Freeman,

Bugler, Troop 246








The American Legion Emblem. It is your badge of distinction, honor and service. It stands for God and Country, and the highest rights of men and women. Of its several parts, each has a meaning. “The rays of the sun that form the background stand for the principles of The American Legion—for Loyalty, Justice, Freedom and Democracy will dispel the darkness of violence, strife, and evil.“The two gold rings around the field of blue, bearing our name, typify two of our four main objectives—rehabilitation of our sick and disabled veterans, and the care for the children and youth of America. Within the rings is placed a wreath for remembrance of those who died that liberty might live. Upon the wreath is set a star reflecting the glory of victory and promising to the world the perpetuation of the cardinal principles of The American Legion.“Set upon the star are two bronze rings which represent the other two of our main objectives—a deep and abiding spirit of Americanism, and service to the community, state and nation. “The inscription demands that the wearer shall ever guard the sanctity of home, of country, of free institutions.”


The American Legion Auxiliary Emblem.  The emblem of the American Legion Auxiliary is your badge of distinction and honor. It stands for God and Country and the highest rights of man. It consists of several parts, and each part has a meaning. The rays of the sun that form the background stand for the principles of the American Legion Auxiliary,  for Loyalty, Justice, Freedom and Democracy; dispelling the darkness of violence, strife and evil. The unbroken circle of blue represents unity and Loyalty. The field of white exemplifies the hope of Freedom. The star of blue is the emblem of service in war; it is no less the emblem of service in time of peace. The emblem of the American Legion Auxiliary is the emblem of Americanism. As members of the American Legion Auxiliary, we must preach and teach principles of Americanism. Let us not forget that to each generation comes its patriotic duty and that upon your willingness to sacrifice and endure as those before you have sacrificed and endured, rests the hope of the nation.


The Sons of the American Legion Emblem.  It is your badge of distinction, honor and service.  It stands for God and Country, and the highest rights of men and women.  The design of our emblem was taken from the emblem of our parent organization, The American Legion.  But our emblem is oval in shape so as to be easily distinguished. The star in the center represents our country, and the five points of the star represent the five-point program of The Sons of The American Legion. The sun in the background represents The Sons of The American Legion and the rays represent the loyalty of its membership. The blue of the emblem, like the blue of our flag, stands for justice. The two stars in the blue border stand for freedom and democracy. The wreath below the star is in memory of our comrades; and those of our fathers who willingly gave their lives for their country. The ten points of the emblem represent the ten ideals of every Legion son. Wearing the emblem should always remind us of the sanctity of the home, our Country and its free institutions.


Community projects: 

Sometimes we lose sight of what the American Legion is all about. Here is a partial list of community activities, charities and functions the Post 152 family is involved in. See your Commander or President if you are interested in helping support these efforts. 


Boys State – an American Legion sponsored program which teaches boys for an intense week about government, held in Tallahassee. Held in the Capital building and recognized by the governor.  


Girls State – an American Legion Auxiliary sponsored Program which teaches girls for an intense week about government, held in Tallahassee. Held in the Capital building and recognized by the Governor.  


Faces of Courage – nonprofit cancer patient support organization with a primary goal of helping the cancer patient navigate their way through the treatment process and to thrive as a survivor.


Honor Flight - Providing War-era Veterans free Honor Tours to their memorial in Washington, D.C.  Conducted fundraisers and donated several thousands of dollars.  

Sponsor Boy Scout Troop #246


The National Child Welfare Foundation - The Auxiliary and SAL donate annually.


St Francis House – a Catholic organization that helps individuals and families through the AIDS crisis.


Alpha House – a home for pregnant teenagers helping them through their pregnancy and placement of child if desired.


Hope Children’s Home – home for physically, mentally and sexually abused children. The ALA help them financially and with supplies for the home.


Tools for Hillsborough Schools – warehouse of supplies for teachers to pick supplies for underprivileged children.


Ronald McDonald House – a house for parents and relatives to stay while children are being treated and cared for during hospital stays.


Angels Unaware – a home for mentally challenged children and young adults.


Paws for Patriots – help with funding and training of Guide Dogs for disabled veterans.


Freedom Foundation – a government learning experience in Pennsylvania. Chosen by submitted essays about America.


Thanksgiving dinner – held at the Post for veterans and other members of the community.


Support 7 VA Clinics – Fort Myers, Sarasota, Daytona, Oakland Park, Tallahassee, New Port Richey and Jacksonville. Fund the representative of the American Legion Auxiliary at each facility.


Support 8 VA Medical centers – Bay Pines, Lake City, Miami, Gainesville, Orlando, Tampa, West Palm Beach and Gulf Cost (Pensacola). Fund the representative of the American Legion Auxiliary at each facility.


Support 6 VA Nursing Homes – Daytona, Lake City, Land ‘O Lakes, Port Charlotte, Pembrooke Pines and Springfield. Fund the representative of the American Legion Auxiliary at each facility.


Fisher House – Fund 7 including West Palm Beach, Bay Pines, Orlando, Ft Walton Beach, Gainesville, Miami and Tampa. Fund the representative of the American Legion Auxiliary to buy needed supplies.


Special Olympics – Officiated some of the events and sent $4,000 donations last year.


4 Children’s Hospitals – fund All Children’s Hospitals, Northview Community Center, Mailman Center, Florida State Hospital and Northeast Hospital. Funding is sent to help the American Legion Auxiliary representative projects and programs.


Creative Arts Program – fund supplies for VA hospital for Recreational therapy used to bring veterans back into the main stream or life.


Stand down for homeless Veterans - includes medical exams, food, bus passes to get to local VA Hospitals, counseling and clothing.


Christmas Baskets - for needy families. Last year over 300 families were provided with Christmas dinner and other staples.


Purchase Spinoza bears - to donate to sick children. Sick children will not tell an adult all of their problems because they blame themselves. These bears have a recorder, the children can play the recorder and the bear talks to them or it records what the child tells it. The doctors can listen to the recordings and learn a lot that the child will not tell him.


Supply the V. A. Medical Centers with lap robes and ditty bags (carry personal items to and from bathroom).






I am sure you have heard varying excuses for not renewing your dues…..i.e.: I don’t go there much anymore. I’ve lost interest. I don’t know any of the members, etc. But, what Legionnaires fail to realize is that there are 3 reasons for paying your dues.


1. Dues support programs of the American Legion such as Children and Youth, Americanism, Flag Education and other.


2. Dues afford benefits for Legionnaires such as Travel Discounts, Free Insurance, Medical and Dental Insurance and others.


3. Perhaps the most important of all is the fact that by paying your dues every year, Washington politicians can’t cut the VA Budget and decrease veterans’ benefits. We need to hold steady or increase our 2.7 million membership.

I thought you ought to know.


Yours in Service,


Bill Seemann

Past Commander




The soldier stood and faced God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

Just as brightly as his brass.


"Step forward now, you soldier,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To My Church have you been true?"


The soldier squared his shoulders and said,

"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry guns,

Can't always be a saint.


I've had to work most Sundays,

And at times my talk was tough.

And sometimes I've been violent,

Because the world is awfully rough.


But, I never took a penny,

That wasn't mine to keep...

Though I worked a lot of overtime,

When the bills got just too steep.


And I never passed a cry for help,

Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes, God, forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.


I know I don't deserve a place,

Among the people here.

They never wanted me around,

Except to calm their fears.


If you've a place for me here, Lord,

It needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't, I'll understand."


There was a silence all around the throne,

Where the saints had often trod.

As the soldier waited quietly,

For the judgment of his God.


"Step forward now, you soldier,

You've borne your burdens well.

Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,

You've done your time in Hell."



~Author Unknown~

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SPC Kelly, Marilyn

CoC228FSB 2-28BCT

APO AE 09362-9997


Dear Members of American Legion Post #152,


I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself. I joined your (our) post 5 years ago while in Tampa on a visit to my dad. My father is a member there. He is a former Marine in during the Korean War. I joined based on my time served during the Panama Conflict. 1989-1990. After 9/11, I felt the need to serve again and enlisted in the PA National Guard in Nov 2002 where I am a combat medic. Last Nov we found out, we were getting deployed in Jan of this year. Right now, I am currently in Ramadi, Iraq serving the people of the great United States with pride and dignity. I’ve been receiving my newsletter here in my care packages from home.

I just wanted to send a quick note to let all of you know that the future of the American Legion across the country will continue with all the great servicemen and women I have met along the way during my deployment.




SPC Marilyn D Kelly


No Hero:


Thank you Sir and Madam, but,

Please don’t call me a hero.

I only did my job.

I was part of a group of men

Who went where we were sent.

And did what had to be done.

We put our personal plans on hold

So that we could assist others

In building a new life or

Securing a more stable life.

So, please don’t call me a hero.

I only did my job.


Thomas R Bubb

US Navy Retired


A Man Named Paul


A wall of black stone: how could this cause pain,

and make the strongest of men weep?

A man, tall and robust, determined to walk past this

black stone to say a farewell to old friends.

The tears flow without control as a stranger

boldly embraces the man named Paul.

First tears after 23 years, hiding behind his wall

of pain, doubt, questions, and fears.

As he shares his burden with someone who knows

the tears rush to freedom.

Knowing that a healing has started in his heart

so long broken and frozen in time.

Walks down the lonely walk, erect and proud,

undefeated by the wall of back stone.


- Marilyn L. Baker