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American Legion celebrates 90 years

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By Kirsten Laskey

The American Legion will observe its founding today.

While the celebration will be simple, a few blue and gold balloons will hang from the local post’s marquee and a sign recognizing the legion turning 90 will be displayed, it will honor a very long and successful history of helping veterans and the community.

Since its founding in 1919, more than 15,000 American Legion Posts have sprung up throughout the United States to serve veterans, their families and children in local communities.

Leland Lehman, past commander, service officer and department vice commander of the Los Alamos post, said the original charter members met in 1946 in the military mess hall.  

The local chapter put in a temporary charter in 1947 and it was declared a charter a year later.

Since then the local chapter has kept busy.

“Our local stuff includes civic activities of all sorts,” Lehman said.

“Our main events are Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Other community stuff we do would be the Fourth of July Children’s Parade (which the legion sponsors) and then we alternate with the Elks with hosting the community dinner every year on Thanksgiving.”


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