American Legion Closes Centennial Year Celebration

Editor’s note: This is the fifth and final installment in a series of articles about the American Legion’s 100th anniversary in 2019.

On Monday, Nov. 11, the U.S. will honor and remember its military veterans of all services during Veterans Day. Locally, American Legion Post 148 sponsors an annual parade that day.

Originally called Armistice Day, it commemorated the end of “The Great War” -- World War I. That war officially ended with a treaty signed June 28, 1919. However, the fighting had ended several months earlier in 1918 with an armistice between the Allies and Germany that went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

The U.S. Congress officially recognized this as the end of the war. In 1938 it became the official holiday that was set aside to honor veterans of WWI.

At the urging of veterans organizations including the Legion, in 1954, Congress changed the designation to “veterans” from “armistice.” It was then established as the day we honor U.S. veterans of all wars.

At the close of World War I, the American Legion was born. The Legion today has completed a 15-month long observance of its 100-year history. The Centennial Year closed recently at the Legion’s 101st annual Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana in August.



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