POMEROY — The 94th birthday of the American Legion was observed with a celebration by members of Drew Webster Post 39, Auxiliary and guests with a dinner party Tuesday night at the legion hall.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership today stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide.
Drew Webster Commander John Hood presided at the dinner where bouquets of roses decorated the table and were later given as door prizes with one going to Joan Newsome, whose legionnaire husband Frank died last year.
Bruce May was selected as recipient of the 2013 “Legionnaire of the Year” award and accepted the trophy from Commander Hood. Barbara Fry on behalf of the Ladies Auxiliary, presented a birthday check to Hood for the work of the Legion Post.