By JULIE E. GREENE
Santa's annual appearance at the Long Meadow Shopping Center on Friday to visit with local boys and girls is just one of the community activities sponsored by a little-known faction of the American Legion that has a big hand in helping promote nursing and child welfare.
The Voiture Locale, otherwise known as the 40/8, is the honor society of the American Legion, said Don Hetzer, past grand chef degare of the group.
On Friday the group gave children free rides around the shopping center in a motorized locomotive. Local residents may have seen or ridden the locomotive at other local events, such as the Fun Day earlier this year at the Potomac Center.