American Legion Post 347

"The Largest Post in the World" 



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(NOTICE: The Post building is only allowed to hold 678 people due to a recent fire marshall evaluation; therefore, on Tuesdays you will need to arrive early (4-4:30PM) to be allowed in. Until further notice ONLY 1 guest per member on Tuesday evenings.)


Florida Senator Marco Rubio was a guest at the American Legion Post 347 on Memorial Day, 2018.  He spoke to Executive Board members of the Post and then held a question and answer session for members in the Hall.



Band Of Brothers Hosting Vietnam Memorial Wall.  Click here for info.

Historian's Gerald Kaufman, Dept of Florida Historian and Doug Deierlein, Past Western Area District Commander, campaigned at Post 347 Feb meeting for 2018 Dept of Florida Historian Position.

Nanci Cornwell from Lake County Votes invited Post 347 members to participate in Lake County Florida's Vote in Honor of a Veteran.  Click here for more info.

Commander Al Varrone and Joan Suelter, Honor Guard Commander present a Letter of Appreciation to Vivian Abalon, a WWII veteran and valued member of Post 347 Honor Guard. Ms Abalon has over 41 years of service with the Honor Guard as the Official Poem Reader at all Military Burial Details.  Captain Suetter commented that Vivian will be seriously missed from our Honor Guard team and our Post.


Re-Creation, "America's Ambassadors to Hospitalized Veterans" presented two performances of their traveling show to Post 347's volunteers.  It was a great show, with great variety and their music covered all genres and their many custom changes brought many memories to all in attendance.


Relay for Life. VFW Post 347 is proud to assist The Villages/Lady Lake in their Relay for Life on April 14, at the Polo Grounds 1:00PM - 9:00PM with and at 8:00PM a Luminaria Ceremony.  Every Donation will make a difference.  Click here for info and registration application.


Post 347 was excited to Host our National American Legion Commander Denise Rohan at our Post onJan 25.
Commander Rohan entering Post 347
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Commander Al Varrone presents National Commander Denise Rohan a donation from Post 347.

Commander Varrone welcomes visitors from Maderia Beach Legion our Post for a Visit.
Post 347 provided lunch to our guests from Maderia Beach Legion.

 Pass Dept of Florida American Legion Commander, Al Porter, visited Post 347 to announce his running for National Executive Committeemen in the upcoming July 2018 National Elections.  Post 347 received a nomination, second and complete membership endorsement in support of Commander Porter in his campaign for the National NEC position.


Tuesday after Thanksgiving saw a full house for Rib Night.

Great job on the Christmas Decorations

House Committee selling Queen of Hearts Tickets in the Hall

Tuesday Night Rib Night in the Hall.

Johnny Ray entertaining the Full House in the Hall of Tuesday Rib Night

Olive, our 99 year old Tuesday Night Party Girl, singing to Where the Heck is Alice.


On October 11th the Post hosted a small group of WW2 veterans with a Turkey dinner. The veterans are part of the approximate 20 WW2 veterans who reside at Sumter Place in The Villages.

Saturday, November 11th, Veterans Day, breakfast has been rescheduled for the following Saturday Nov 18th, 7-11AM

Saturday Breakfast served over 400 meals and collected several Gallons of precious blood for our Veterans and Community.

Life South staff and Post Blood Drive Coordinator Danny did a great job.


Saturday Breakfast is back. Still a great breakfast of Scrambled Eggs, Pancakes (blueberry or regular), Sausage and/or Bacon, Biscuits, Sausage Gravy, OJ and Coffee for the same great price of $6 each. Please no sharing.

Breakfast will be held the second Saturday of each month through the winter months.

Thanks to the volunteers who worked the breakfast.




Are you a Vietnam Veteran:  City of Leesburg is designing a Vietnam Wall. If you live in Lake, Marion, Sumter or The Villages you are eligible.  Click here for more info. 



2017 National Convention

Post 347 is represented at the National Convention by Past Commander Tim Tierney, 1st Vice Commander Ellen Tierney, Honor Guard Commander, Joan Suelter


Commander Al Varrone presented Mr. George Fluger with a certificate recognizing his 65 years as a Member of American Legion











Commander Varrone Presented a Certificate of Appreciation and a plaque to Mr. James H Lantelme

 for his

65 Years as a member of Post 347


July 4th 2017










Members Appreciation Luncheon


1st Vice Commander Ellen Tierney and our every present Door Guardian Robert, greated our members and their guest at the Post for the 2017 Members Appreciation Luncheon.  All current members were allowed to eat free complements of Post 347.

Commander Al Varrone, Joyce Varrone and Carol Pirone-Udell serve the members and their guest on July 4th.  Thanks to all our Members.


July 1, 2017

New Officers take over their American Legion Post 347 positions July 1st, 2017. 

 Commander, Al Varrone, the previous Post 1st Vice Commander, is taking over the reigns from Tim Tierney who has been serving as Post commander 3 of the last 4 years.  Commander Varrone stated that he was honored to serve the Veterans of Post 347,"The Largest Post in the World". Post 347 has over 6000 members.

Commander Varrone said that running a Post this large will be a learning experience that he is excited to begin.  He also stated that he was very appreciative of all the assistance Commander Tierney has provided to get him ready to take on this position.  Our Post is run by Veterans who are willing to volunteer their time and efforts to make sure we have one of the best Post in Florida.



The Post was well represented at the 19th Annual Sumter County Sheriff's Golf Tournament, Saturday at Tierra Del Sol golf course in The Villages. Commander Tim Tierney, Adjunct Mike Siedel, Member at Large Ron Monat, Historian Mike Horn are all pictured with Sheriff Bill Farmer. 
19th Annual Sheriff Bill Farmer Golf Tournament-Contributes to the Youth of Sumter County sports, scholarships, community projects etc. See Sumter County Sheriff website for more information


Your Post needs you! We will train legionnaires for Honor Guard, Bingo, office work, and general maintenance. Call the Post NOW and get involved.


Saturday Night at the Races was the highlights for the weekend at Post 347. Over 190 tickets sold for the event.  Great time was had by all who came out.
Volunteers providing all the Race Fans with Hot Dogs and Chips to help them keep their energy up.
Members of our Post, Sons and Aux were on hand to help with the fun Night at the Races.
Post Staff were on hand to provide beverages for all the Race Attendees.  Julie, Edna, JC and Ellen.

Commander Varrone presents certificate to Vivian Abalon, WWII Veteran, Honor Guard member of long standing. Commander commented that Ms Abalon has been the Official POEM reader for over twenty years at all the Military Honor Burial Details that our Post 247 provide to our area. Honor Guard Captain Joan Suetter looks on and stated we are really going to miss Vivian on our Honor Guard Squad.