The American Legion

American Legion Post 221 Officers 2017-2018

Commander – Howard Marotto
1st Vice Commander – Jeff Runser
Adjutant – Jerry Yochum
Finance Officer – Mark Weldon
Sgt. At Arms – Chip Stark



During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain in 1776 actually occurred on July 2, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it two days later on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.
Historians have long disputed whether members of Congress signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, even though Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin all later wrote that they had signed it on that day. Most historians have concluded that the Declaration was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed.
Coincidentally, both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, the only signers of the Declaration of Independence later to serve as Presidents of the United States, died on the same day: July 4, 1826, which was the 50th anniversary of the Declaration. Although not a signer of the Declaration of Independence, James Monroe, another Founding Father who was elected as President, also died on July 4, 1831. He was the third President in a row who died on the anniversary of independence. Calvin Coolidge, the 30th President, was born on July 4, 1872; so far he is the only U.S. President to have been born on Independence Day.
Source: Wikipedia


Congratulations to the following students who attended American Legion Buckeye Boys State in June:
Central Catholic: Jackson Casteel, Joseph Fuchs,
Nicholas Maio, Patrick Scheatzle
Jackson: Faheem Ali, Adam Arnold, Ethan Burns,
Mitchell Dillon, Nicholas Dye, Josh Fehlman, Evan Gardell,
Jeremiah Kincaid, William Martzaklis, Matthew Rozmajzl,
Tate West, Gordon Woolbert
Northwest: Ethan Lower, Dionysus Morris-Evans
Perry: Kevin George, Justin Gillilan, Gerald Greiner,
Cameron Hicks, Ryan Richey
Tuslaw: Stephen Skeens
Washington: Samuel Petit, Trent Wicks
Thanks to our co-sponsors, Post 221 was able to send 26 boys to Boys State this year.

~~Mark Weldon


I would like to introduce myself; I am Howard Marotto and will be the Commander of Massillon Post 221 for the next two years. I come from a customer service back ground; I worked for an Air Transportation Company for 30 years. I continue to be employed in customer service, since I retired from fulltime employment in October 2005. I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington. I joined the US Navy in January 1970, leaving the service of the Navy in December 1973. I worked a few jobs before being employed by Hughes Air West, YES, the company was owned by that Howard Hughes. After some mergers and consolidation of the Airline Industry, I retired from North West Airlines.
I look forward to serving as Commander of Massillon Post 221 of the American Legion, assisting everyone in enjoying the American Legion experience. I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can in the near future. My team and I are here to serve the Membership and to perform all the duties of the American Legion. Finally, the first regular membership meeting of July is cancelled due to the July 4th holiday.
~~Howard Marotto, Commander


July 2 American Legion Riders – Meeting (Ride TBA) 10:00am
July 4 Independence Day-No Meetings Closed
July 9 American Legion Riders – Ride TBA
July 7-9 ALA Department Convention @ Dayton
July 7-9 American Legion Dept of Ohio Convention July 10 OHIO WESTERN RESERVE National Cementer – Regular duty
July 11 Legion Exec Board
July 12 S.A.L. Regular Meeting 7:00pm
July 16 American Legion Riders – Ride TBA 4pm till 8pm
July 18 Aux Stark County Council – Organizational meeting noon
July 18 Auxiliary Executive Board 7pm
July 18 Legion Regular meeting
July 19 RWDSU meeting – Dining room 5:00pm
July 23 American Legion Riders – Ride TBA
July 29 Picnic on the Porch Noon to 5
June 30 American Legion Riders – TBA

Aug 1 Auxiliary regular meeting (poppy letters) 7:00pm
Aug 1 Legion regular meeting 7:00pm
Aug 6 American Legion Riders – Meeting 10:amAM)
Aug 8 Legion Exec Board 7:00pm
Aug 9 S.A.L. regular meeting 7:00pm
Aug 12 American Legion Riders
Aug 15 Legion regular meeting 7:00pm
Aug 15 Aux Stark County Council – Perkins, Alliance Noon
Aug 16 RWDSU meeting (dining room) 5:00pm
Aug 18-24 National Convention – Reno
Aug 20 American Legion Riders – Ride TBA
Aug 22 Label Parade 6:00pm
Aug 27 American Legion Riders – Ride TBA
Aug 28 Ohio Western Reserve regular duty day


(In the Tavern)