American Legion

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans’ organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.  It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization (2.3 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide), committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism, and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

Grant Post #202 (Bellflower) was charted in 1920 and named in honor of Earl and Erwin Grant, sons of Richard Grant of Osman, who died in World War I.  Grant Post activities include:

  • Conducting a Memorial Day cemetery tribute
  • Displaying community flags on patriotic holidays
  • Providing veterans’ grave markers
  • Honoring currently serving military with a flag display
  • Supporting the Honor Flight
  • Participating in Operation Honor Guard
  • Illuminating a Legion Hall exterior light when a death occurs in the community
  • Administering military funerals
  • Conducting a raffle to support local operating expenses


Commander: Irvin Bane
Sr. Vice Commander: Darwin Builta
Jr. Vice Commander: Dean Liestman
Adjutant: Merle Shelton
Finance Officer: Charles Hansens
Service Officer: Kenneth Whitehouse
Chaplain: Phil Lawrence
Sergeant at Arms: Gary Harper

The Legion meets at 7:00 p.m. on the 1st Tuesday of the month at the Legion Hall, 205 E Melvin St, Bellflower.

New members are welcome subject to eligibility requirements.

Contact Info

Merle Shelton

Bellflower Legion Hall

Bellflower Legion Hall