Legion seeks boost in numbers, money to stay afloat


A place of their own: U.S. Navy veteran Dave Bischoff relaxes at American Legion Post 119 in Greenfield, which has been struggling to increase membership. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — A single chair in front of an empty table with a full place setting sits near the entrance of every American Legion post in the country in honor of a “missing soldier.”

Greenfield Post 119 manager Paul Baker fears the symbol could take a larger meaning for the local post if things don’t change.

“We built this building four years ago, and if we don’t do something soon, we’re going to lose it. It’s as simple as that,” Baker said.

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