Berlin Prison Welcomes its own American Legion Post
(Berlin, N.H.) American Legion Post #123 has received its temporary charter and can officially operate within the Northern New Hampshire Correctional Facility in Berlin. The charter was received in February by the Department of New Hampshire and signed by National Vice Commander John Neylon allowing qualified inmate veterans to participate in the regular meetings and functions that will be facilitated behind the walls.
For many years, inmates at the Berlin facility have volunteered their time making over three-thousand poppies for the New Hampshire American Legion Auxiliary and routinely donating to the “Toys for Tots” program. The inmates have also made hand-written Christmas cards and hand made crafts which were donated to the American Legion to be distributed to troops serving New Hampshire and their country all over the world. Each year inmate veterans hold Veterans Day and Memorial Day observances.
Corrections Commissioner William L. Wrenn said, “Even though these veterans are incarcerated they continue to volunteer their time for worthwhile causes and we welcome the addition of an official new American Legion chapter to our Berlin facility.”
The temporary charter will be replaced by a permanent charter in during the annual Memorial Day observance on May 21, 2013.