Post 67

Silvia Ros
Photographer based in Miami, Florida
Post 67 - Ted Copeland, Legion Chaplain, fought in the Army during the Korean War.
Ted Copeland, Legion Chaplain, fought in the Army during the Korean War.
Post 67 - Members of the Navy JROTC and Boy Scout Platoon 406 work together to prepare flags at the annual...
Members of the Navy JROTC and Boy Scout Platoon 406 work together to prepare flags at the annual Flag Retirement Ceremony.
Post 67 - Elaine Salazar, a Post bartender, carries an oversized flag to the fire during the flag...
Elaine Salazar, a Post bartender, carries an oversized flag to the fire during the flag retirement ceremony.
Post 67 - Post Commander Richard Izzy takes a moment to reflect during the flag retirement ceremony.
Post Commander Richard Izzy takes a moment to reflect during the flag retirement ceremony.
Post 67 - Tom Brown carves up a chicken for the December Holiday celebration.
Tom Brown carves up a chicken for the December Holiday celebration.
Post 67 - Clyde ‘Gunny’ Allen at a pot luck lunch.
Clyde ‘Gunny’ Allen at a pot luck lunch.
Post 67 - Bill McKeithen sits at a monthly Post meeting.  Bill was an Aviation Ordinanceman E5 in...
Bill McKeithen sits at a monthly Post meeting.  Bill was an Aviation Ordinanceman E5 in the Navy.  He had recently come upon some hard times and found himself homeless.  The Legion gave him a place to stay and fed him.
Post 67 - The  double doors in the main cantina stay boarded up unless there is a special occasion.
The  double doors in the main cantina stay boarded up unless there is a special occasion.
Post 67 - A convening of the Women’s Auxiliary for a monthly meeting.
A convening of the Women’s Auxiliary for a monthly meeting.

Post 67 - The dining hall at Post 67 is scattered with memorabilia.  Potluck meals are an...
The dining hall at Post 67 is scattered with memorabilia.  Potluck meals are an important part of keeping the community together at the legion.
Post 67 - Donna Marchese, Post bartender updates information on the Post chalkboard.  The...
Donna Marchese, Post bartender updates information on the Post chalkboard.  The chalkboard is an important source of news for the legion whose members are not digitally savvy.  It announces birthdays, dinners, meetings, and deaths, as well as the amount of money in the monthly draw.
Post 67 - Ja’Shon E. Fayson was a Captain in the Army that specialized in Chemical Biological and...
Ja’Shon E. Fayson was a Captain in the Army that specialized in Chemical Biological and Nuclear Warfare.  He is now the Assistant Principal at a local high school.

Post 67 - Tom Brown calls the bingo numbers every Thursday night.
Tom Brown calls the bingo numbers every Thursday night.
Post 67 - Thursday night bingo is a pretty serious affair for the regulars.
Thursday night bingo is a pretty serious affair for the regulars.
Post 67 - The bingo tables are scattered with drinks, snacks and good luck charms.  
The bingo tables are scattered with drinks, snacks and good luck charms.  
Post 67 - Halfway through the bingo night there is a pause for a community dinner.
Halfway through the bingo night there is a pause for a community dinner.
Post 67 - Margueritte, the new president of the Women's Auxiliary sells tickets to a dinner to...
Margueritte, the new president of the Women's Auxiliary sells tickets to a dinner to raise money for the legion.
Post 67 - Janet, a post bartender, sells tickets to a raffle to raise money for Ernie, a regular, who was...
Janet, a post bartender, sells tickets to a raffle to raise money for Ernie, a regular, who was dying of cancer and couldn't pay his bills.
Post 67 - Manny takes Carol Anne for a dance.
Manny takes Carol Anne for a dance.

Post 67 - Chrissy, a bartender, is a German Immigrant whose two sons serve in active duty.
Chrissy, a bartender, is a German Immigrant whose two sons serve in active duty.
I have been photographing the American Legion Post 67 in North Miami for several years. As a Cuban-American lesbian and liberal democrat, I have worked to be welcomed, included and invited to document the inner workings of this uniquely American space. These people, this community, have become, for me, more than a story. I am not saying that they are a welcoming crowd, but they have created a family and allowed me to be a part of it. 
I am fascinated by what has drawn this group together and how they navigate life’s challenges; the slights which set off an argument, and the shared past which brings them back together. They are survivors.
The Legion building brings them together day after day; it could be the cheap drinks, or the regular steak dinners, but it is also the support that celebrates a birthday or mourns a loss together. I don’t have a lot in common with the majority of the people there, but at Post 67, I was welcomed into a space where I didn’t really belong and that has taught me a great deal about what America can and should be.
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Post 67
Copyright Silvia Ros 2022
Updated Apr 2022
Location Miami, Fl
Topics American Legion, Community, Diversity, Documentary, Editorial, Essays, Gay Rights, History, Journalism, Lesbian, Lifestyle, Personal Projects, Photography, Photojournalism, Social Justice, Veteran
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