Upcoming Events              

  • MAY 10 - Auxiliary Monthly Meeting
  • MAY 18 - Post Monthly Dinner
  • JUN 7  -  Post Monthly Meeting (Installation of Officers)
  • JUN 14 - Auxiliary Monthly Meeting
  • JUN 15 -  Post Monthly Dinner

Recent Activities:

Latest News:

Memorial Day 2018
Monday, May 28
This morning it was confirmed that the start time IS 10:00am at Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
It is a change from what has been customary, however Hilliard VFW is this years host and MC of the event and due to other commitments they decided to move up the time.
This is a collaborative effort between the American Legion and the VFW. Many of you are Dual members, and it is imperative that we work together wherever possible. This is just such an occasion.


John Emrick sent us information about the Garden Club clean up at the Veterans Memorial site in Roger Reynolds park if you can come help please volunteer.
Hilliard Area Garden Club Veterans Memorial Clean-up and Flower Planting is:
Tuesday May 22 starting at 6:00 until 8:30

Rain Date Thursday May 24 @ 6:00 to 8:30
Remember the access problems getting into the site on veterans memorial drive.

With the main Veterans Memorial Dr. entrance blocked there are two alternate ways of accessing the Community Center.


Approaching from the southeast on Scioto Darby:

Turn left on Bradford Dr. then right on Revere Rd.


Approaching from the northwest:

Turn right on Veterans Memorial Dr and wind through to the Community Center.


The American Legion Department of Ohio is partnering with the Ohio Department of Transportation. The purpose is to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War 1 by planting and dedicating a Red Poppy Remembrance Garden at the Interstate 70 eastbound rest area in Madison County, Ohio.  


           - Honor those who lost their lives in World War I

           - Enhance travelers' experience as they travel through the State of Ohio

           - Raise awareness of Ohio's role in World War I through interpretive signage at the rest area  

- Allow the State of Ohio to partner with the American Legion, America's largest veterans service organization

           - Garner positive earned media


           - 2018 marks the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I

           - Ohio lost 6,500 troops from battle wounds or disease during World War I

           - Ohio recognizes the sacrifice Americans made during WWI in support of the greater good

           - The Red Poppy is a national symbol of remembrance of the "Victors" of World War 1  

           - Ohio supports the work of the American Legion

           - ODOT supports veterans through its Veterans Apprenticeship Program



Bob Kendrick, ABC 6/Fox 28


Color Guard

Ohio National Guard - not confirmed


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Ohio National Guard - not confirmed


Brady Henry

U.S. Coast Guard (Veteran) & Ohio Department of Transportation


Colonel Thomas Moe

United States Air Force (Retired)

Commissioner, U.S. WWI Centennial Commission


Stanley A. Pleasant, Commander

American Legion


Robert Giannone, Department Commander

Veterans of Foreign Wars


Andy Verhoff

Grandson of WWI Veteran Andrew T. Verhoff


Susan Mennenga

Pritzker Military Museum and Library


Sonja Simpson, Assistant Director

Ohio Department of Transportation

Closing Remarks

Hope Taft

Ohio’s First Lady (1999- 2007)

Playing of Taps

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organization - not confirmed

Ribbon Cutting

The tradition of wearing a poppy dates back to 1920, when it became the memorial flower of The American Legion Family.

The red poppy came to symbolize the blood shed by those who fought and those who continue to fight for our country following World War I. It was popularized by the publication of the wartime poem In Flanders Fields. Written by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, M.D. while serving on the front lines in World War I, the poem honors soldiers killed in battle.

The American Legion led the charge of having Congress designate the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day®, a tradition found in many countries around the world. National Poppy Day® encourages all Americans to wear a red poppy to honor the fallen and support the living heroes who have worn our nation’s uniform.

On May 25, join us by wearing a red poppy to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice and support the future of veterans and their families for generations to come.

Learn more about National Poppy Day and ways you can participate today!


The American Legion


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Seeking Applicants for the Ohio Women Veterans Advisory Committee


American Legion Family bonds against Hurricane Harvey

Dear American Legion Family and friends,

We need our families the most during life’s greatest challenges. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Texas and the Gulf Coast right now.

American Legion Post 658 Commander Gary Alston evacuated his home with his family on August 25 due to the high winds inflicted by Hurricane Harvey. Along with those winds came the water. Trillions of gallons in Texas, according to some estimates. The Alstons, that’s Gary, his wife, two sons and grandmother, have been living at the Legion post in Crosby ever since. Although the population keeps changing, there were 360 people sheltering at the post by Tuesday.

“We have blacks, whites, Mexicans and Indians,” Alston said. “They come here without much but everybody is working together. Veterans and nonveterans. The rest of the country could learn from this.”

It brings to mind the work of DeRidder, La., Post 27, which served as a home to so many in its community during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago. Its shelter fostered such a family environment that two evacuees were married there less than two weeks after Katrina tore through the coast.

“This is for human life,” Post 27 Commander Bill Loftin said in 2005 of the post’s emergency efforts. “That’s what the Legion is all about. These people are at the mercy of the world.” 

My theme as national commander is “Family First,” and this is a perfect example of why The American Legion Family is so important. We have always been advocates for preparedness and emergency response. After Hurricane Camille struck the Gulf Coast in 1969, the National Executive Committee created the National Emergency Fund as a one-time project to award grants to eligible Legion Family members and posts. The program was made permanent after Hurricane Hugo roared into the Carolinas in 1989. Grants of up to $3,000 are now awarded to eligible individuals and $10,000 to Legion posts. Almost $9 million of assistance has been delivered by the NEF since the program’s creation. To learn more about NEF please visit 

Our Temporary Financial Assistance Program is also ready to assist Legion-eligible veterans with minor children (18 or younger) who need financial help to pay for shelter, food, utilities or medical expenses. To learn more about TFA please visit

In addition to the devastating impact natural disasters have on lives and homes, communications often collapse when cellular towers are destroyed and satellites fail.  The American Legion Amateur (Ham) Radio Club (TALARC) was established in 2011 with such emergencies in mind.  With a membership of more than 3,150 in at least 30 post clubs, these dedicated enthusiasts work closely with the Department of Homeland Security and other emergency management agencies in support of civil defense.            

You can learn more about our ham radio club by visiting
www.legion.org/hamradio or by emailing k9TAL@legion.org. And like any other national emergency, blood donations are always needed.

Family first!

Denise H. Rohan
National Commander


Winners of the A&G and Oratorical contests from Hilliard Davidson High School, with past Franklin County Council Commander and Post 614 Americanism Chair Bill Schnug and Post 614 Commander (elect) Tom Rowe!

2016 Memorial Post 614 Legion Family Christmas Party!

Legion Riders, Legionnaires, Sons, & Auxiliary:
American Legion member Robert Goza (Groveport 486) lost virtually everything due to a severe sewage backup/damage caused by a recent flood in Pickerington, Ohio.
Robert has children, a boy and a girl, (Elias 3 and Jasmine 4 1/2) who lost all of their toys due to the rise of sewage in his house.
I am heading an effort to help Robert and his family, and it would be nice to have the Legion Riders of Ohio step up with some toys for the kids; but anyone can help.
We can coordinate a toy run for a future date (soon) to collect the toys and present them to the Goza family.
Please email me directly with anyone who is willing to help out at shigley710@yahoo.com
Here is a link to the WCMH Channel 4 news story that aired yesterday evening.


Judge Advocate & Parliamentarian
American Legion Department of Ohio
12th District Council & Memorial Post 614

President, American Legion Riders Memorial Post 614
Hilliard, Ohio

Cell: 614-202-9283 

2016 Veterans Day Parade! (Click Here for Flash Slide Show)

2016 Veterans Day Parade! (Click Here for HTML version Slide Show)

Steve Stivers Serving Ohio's 15th District

What is your experience with the National Flood Insurance Program?

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is broken.  The program’s flawed design gives all taxpayers and many flood insurance policyholders a raw deal. 

According to the National Resources Defense Council, there are tens of thousands of properties in the program that have flooded multiple times - including one home that has flooded 40 times and has received over $400,000 in flood insurance payments. This kind of wasteful spending is unacceptable and unfair.  But until we make needed reforms to the program, lower-risk policyholders will continue to pay higher premiums than they should to cross-subsidize these properties while taxpayers foot the bill of an actuarially unsound program.

With the Flood Insurance Program facing a debt of $25 billion to Treasury, all of us are stakeholders in the program’s future.  So whether you own a flood insurance policy or not, I want to know what you think about the Flood Insurance Program and its pending reauthorization.  I invite you to Click here to take my survey.

Taxpayers should not be paying to keep a government programs like these afloat. It is my hope we can incorporate private sector participation to bring in choice, competition, and to take some of the burden off of tax payers.

2015 July Fourth Parade American Legion Post 614 Float! (Click Here for Slide Show)



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July 9, 2017

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American Legion Riders of Post 614! (Pictured L-R: John Sires (Vice President), Dean Jacobs (Sgt @ Arms), Tim Shigley (President), Bill Ihrig (Road Captain), Nina Motter, Colleen McGinnis (Secretary), Tom Rowe (Road Captain), and Eric Sandkuhl) (Click Here for Larger Picture)


Post 614 has initiated a veteran's memorial program to recognize ALL veterans at the Hilliard Veteran Memorial which is located near the Senior Center.  Pavers can be engraved with the veteran's name and other information pertinent to that veteran.  Please click here to open the paver form to be completed and mailed with your check for $100 to the American Legion Memorial Post 614, PO Box 1120, Hilliard. OH 43026.  Orders received for these memorialized engraved pavers by April 15, 2013, will be in place prior to Memorial Day 2013. Future memorialized engraved pavers will be in place for the 4th of July, Labor Day, and Veterans Day when paver orders are received six weeks prior to the holiday each year.

Click here to open the paver order form.


American Legion Quick Facts

National American Legion

Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, The American Legion currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.

Legion History

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States.