Why be a Legionnaire?

 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, 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. 

 Our Legionnaires participate in many community activities such as parades, memorials, dedications, etc. We have a funeral honor guard detail ready, willing and able at the family’s request. Our funeral detail is available to all veterans. We sponsor local students to participate in Boy State, sponsor scholarships to better educate our children, sponsor local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops, and sponsor an Estes Park Legion Baseball team. 

Member benefits include discounts from the following businesses:


How does Legion Post 119 operate?

American Legion Post 119 is a 501(c)19 tax-exempt veterans organization, operating as a nonprofit corporation  in the State of Colorado.

Post 119 Officers for 2018-2019

  • Commander: Loren Shriver
  • Past Commander: Terry P. Rizzuti
  • Sr. Vice Commander: Art Bloom
  • Jr. Vice Commander: Ryan Leahy
  • Adjutant: Richard Erbe
  • Finance Officer: Bill Marshall
  • Chaplain: Mike Wold
  • Veteran Service Officer: Michael Moore   
  • Assistant Service Officer: Kendra Ryan
  • Sergeant-At-Arms: Thor Homme
  • Historian: John Micek


Membership dues in Post 119 are $50 per year.  Those dues include membership in the National organization of the American Legion.

http://www.legion.org/.  Only $14 of each paid membership stays at Post 119. The other $36 goes to support the District, Department and National Legion offices.  If you are in the fortunate position to afford more than $50 per year, an additional donation to Post 119 would be most appreciated.  Any additional donation is tax-deductible. 

 Post 119 Legionnaires meet the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm.  

The Social Club of Post 119 operates under the Bylaws of Post 119, under the leadership of the House Committee which includes representatives from each of the three branches of the Post 119 Legion Family.

Legion Membership

 If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces during any of the war eras listed below, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving -- you are eligible for membership in The American Legion.

 August 2, 1990 to Today


December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990


August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (LEBANON/GRENADA)

February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975


June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955


December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946


April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 



Scroll to the bottom of this page for a link to a membership form. Membership in American Legion Post 119 is $50 per year.

All membership cards expire December 31 of the year on the face of the card. The constitution of The American Legion sets the due date on October 20, each year, for the year “about to begin”. In order to give all the members time to meet this due date, with processing time built in to allow the posts to collect the dues, transmit them to the various state headquarters, and for the states to report the renewals to the national organization, the Legion has learned over many years to begin the renewal procedure at mid-year.

If a person renews in July, the card is good for the remainder of the current year and all of the following year. Each year afterwards, no matter when the renewal takes place, the person is simply extending the membership until the next December 31. 

Post 119 Veterans were actively involved in the development of the Estes Park Veterans Monument dedicated in 2017.

Current Post Commander Loren Shriver.

Annual Veterans Day Breakfast offered free to all veterans.

Download a Legionnaire Membership Form

american-legion-application (pdf)


Officer Installation for 2018-19

On June 27, American Legion Post 119 installed their new slate of officers for the 2018-2019 fiscal year at a combined meeting of the Legion, Sons, and Auxiliary of Post 119. Outgoing Commander Terry Rizzuti opened the meeting with an acknowledgement of special guest Robb D. Smith, the new Department Commander for the State of Colorado. The installation was conducted by American Legion District 4 Commander, Harry Fisher. New Post 119 Commander Loren Shriver set the tone for his term with a call for involvement and teamwork by all members of Post 119 as the post continues on its path of supporting veterans and their families, youth programs and the community. 

District 4 Commander Harry Fisher, new Post 119 Commander Loren Shriver, outgoing Post 119 Commander Terry Rizzuti, and Department Commander for the State of Colorado Robb D. Smith.

The new slate of officers for Post 119 (from left to right) includes Thor Homme (Sergeant-At-Arms), Bill Marshall (Finance Officer), Richard Erbe (Adjutant), John Micek (Historian), Loren Shriver (Commander), Art Bloom

(Sr. Vice Commander), Mike Wold (Chaplain), Ryan Leahy (Jr. Vice Commander), and Kendra Ryan (Assistant Service Officer). Missing from photo: Michael Moore (Veteran Service Officer).