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American Legion marks 100 years since founding

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The Sullivan American Legion Post 139 presented certificates to the various winners of the fourth-grade Flag Education and Etiquette Contest during a meeting Friday at the post. The fourth-graders had to participate in lessons and pass a test as part of the contest.


Last week marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the national American Legion organization.

“The American Legion marks its 100th birthday,” said Bob Emmons, a Legion member, during a meeting on Friday. “It came into effect on March 15, 100 years ago today in Paris, France.”

The organization was founded in 1919 following World War I during a conference in Paris, France on March 15 to 17.

Locally, Post 139 was chartered on Oct. 7, 1940.

While last week marked the official genesis of the organization, its website states that its centennial period began Aug. 30, 2018, and will continue through Nov. 11, 2019, the 100th anniversary of the first national convention.

As part of the meeting, the Legion awarded certificates to several fourth-graders who scored highest among Sullivan County schools on the Flag Education and Etiquette Contest test.

“A lot of veterans have gone through the American Legion,” Emmons said. “And they have all defended that flag.”


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