American Legion Post #243 started shortly after our area surviving service men and women returned home from World War II in 1945. After a series of planning meetings, a group of some ten to twelve men decided that Oviedo needed its own Legion post. A Charter request was sent to the Department of Florida American Legion Headquarters, and after due consideration the Charter, Post #243, and the name, Oviedo Memorial Post, was granted.
Oviedo granted the group a meeting place in the old Memorial building. After a number of years, the Post was afforded the opportunity to move to its present location at 491 West Broadway Street. The member’s erected the current building, and began partaking in programs that support the American Legion’s Four Pillars – Americanism, Children and Youth, National Security, and Veterans Affairs/ Rehabilitation. Post #243 continues these activities today through such vehicles as the Boys State Program, assisting with Oviedo High School’s JROTC shooting program, Wreaths across America, assisting veterans and deceased veterans’ family members in their dealings with the VA, and the retirement of United States flags. Last year the local winner for the American Legion National Oratorical Contest became one of five competitors at the State Level for the Department of Florida competition.
Every Wednesday, Post #243 has an open house from 10 am until noon. Whether you are a veteran or not, feel free to stop by for coffee, tea, various goodies, and a chat!
The City of Oviedo is a proud trustee of the Oviedo-Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce