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The American Legion was founded in 1919 by a group of veterans waiting in France for their ship home to the United States at the end of The Great War.
The national organization received its Federal Charter from Congress on September 16, 1919 and Nantucket’s American Legion received its charter on July 1, 1919 and has called its Washington Street location home ever since.
Nantucket’s Post 82 will celebrate both the national and local centennial with several events to which the public is most welcome to attend. On Saturday, September 7th at 9 AM, the American Legion will raise its special Centennial flag on the flag pole at Wilkes Square, adjacent to the Legion Hall at 21 Washington Street complete with “To The Colors” bugle call and followed by a reception at Legion Hall. On Wednesday, September 18th, the Select Board will read a proclamation at its weekly meeting to announce that Saturday, September 21, 2019 will be named “Byron L. Sylvaro Post 82 American Legion Centennial Day.”
The main Centennial Celebration will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019, when Post 82 will celebrate with a special banquet at the VFW Hall, 22 New South Road; catered by E.J. Harvey. The Centennial banquet will feature keynote speaker, the Honorable Jim Nicholson, U.S. Secretary for Veterans Affairs and Ambassador to the Holy See. Commendations will be made to members of the Nantucket community. Ticket prices are $50 for veterans and members of the American Legion and VFW; $100 for the public. Tables are also available for sponsorships. Tickets are available at 508-680-4672 or online at https://alnantucket.tix.com/.
The American Legion was founded on four pillars: caring for veterans, fostering strong national security, mentoring the youth of the nation, and promoting patriotism and honor. Nationally, the American Legion played a leading role in the creation of the U.S. Flag code and the G.I. Bill. On Nantucket, Post 82 sponsors local youth to attend the annual State Leadership Camp, Little League, and other youth sports programs. It collaborates with non-profit groups to hosts community events and celebrations throughout the year, including the monthly Community Dinner, fundraising dinners for Scout Troops, and The Homestead’s “Paint the Town Red” dinner. The Legion also provides scholarships to local high school students, welcomes home local service members arriving by ferry or plane, provides dozens of 600 meals on Thanksgiving Day, and is a key participant in the annual Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day, and Flag Day programs.
American Legion Byron L. Sylvaro Post 82 cordially invites the public to attend all these events and programs and join them in the celebration of 100 years of service to the Nantucket veterans and entire community, and our nation.
For more information, contact Carolyn Walsh, Director Centennial Events, 508-680-4672, cwalshACK@gmail.com