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Are You an Honorable Discharged U. S. Veteran or Active Duty Military?

Do You Want to Continue to Serve Your Community, State and Nation?

Do You Want to Help Children, Young People and Veterans?

Do You Want to Promote the American Way of Life?

If you answered “Yes” to these questions, we want to invite you to join the Best Veterans Service Organization in the World, “The Forty and Eight”.

The Forty and Eight is an independent organization of U. S. Veterans. We were founded 15-March-1920 by members of the American Legion. We are the Honor Society of United States Military Veterans.

Our primary purpose is service to Our Community, State, Nation and Fellow Veterans.

  • Some of our projects include:
    • Child Welfare
    •  Nurses Training Scholarships,
    • Americanism (Flags for First Graders),
    • Veterans Administration Volunteer Services,
    • Youth Sports,
    • POW/MIA Descendants Scholarships,
    • Hero of the Year, Law Enforcement Officer of the Year

Further information available at our websites www.40and8-grandeduindiana.com or www.fortyandeight.com.

Sounds like something you want to become a part of? Please contact us using the link in the menu!

Voiture 410 and American Legion Post 21 members cleaned out the Garage recently and we took the opportunity to bring the Locomotive out after a long hibernation. She’s still looking good albeit a bit dusty! We have plans to show her off in some upcoming events, so stop back here to check up on us. If you care to make a donation for repairs to this storied vehicle, please drop us a line.

by William Tyler Page

I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice, and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies.

–Written 1917, accepted by the United States House of Representatives on April 3, 1918.

La Societe des Quarante Hommes at Huit Chevaux is an independent, by invitation, honor organization of male and female U. S. veterans, more commonly known as the Forty & Eight.

The Forty & Eight is committed to charitable and patriotic aims.  Our purpose is to uphold and defend the United States Constitution, to promote the well being of veterans and their widows and orphans, and to actively participate in selected charitable endeavors, which include programs that promote child welfare and nurse’s training.

The titles and symbols of the Forty & Eight reflect its First World War origins.  Americans were transported to the battle front on French trains within boxcars stenciled with a “40/8”, denoting its capacity to hold either forty men or eight horses.  This uncomfortable mode of transportation was familiar to all who fought in the trenches; a common small misery among American soldiers who thereafter found “40/8” a lighthearted symbol of the deeper service, sacrifice and unspoken horrors of war that bind all who have borne the battle.

The Forty & Eight was founded in 1920 by American veterans returning from France.  Originally an arm of The American Legion, the Forty & Eight became an independent and separately incorporated veteran’s organization in 1960.  Membership is by invitation of honorably discharged veterans and honorably serving members of the United States Armed Forces.