Vance elected state commander of Forty and Eight charity

Vance elected state commander of Forty and Eight

Michael Vance of Girard was elected and installed as Grande Chef de Gare (State Commander) of the Forty and Eight on Aug. 3 at the State Convention held in Bartonville.

The Forty and Eight is a charitable and patriotic organization. Their stated purpose is “to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, to promote the well being of veterans, their widows and orphans and to actively participate in selected charitable endeavors which include programs that promote child welfare and nurse’s training.”

The Forty and Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France. Originally an arm of the American Legion, the Forty and Eight became an independent and separately incorporated veterans’ organization in 1960. The name Forty and Eight is derived from the placards used to mark troops carrying railroad boxcars during World War I. The placards were triangle shaped and transcribed 40/8 denoting 40 men or eight horses.

There are approximately 1,300 members of the Forty and Eight throughout the state of Illinois.  Membership is by invitation of honorably discharged veterans and honorably serving members of the United States Armed Forces.

For more information concerning the Forty and Eight, call (217) 851-2437.