American  Legion centennial

The American Legion is turning 100 and American Legion Post 388 is planning to celebrate with a lunch and celebration Saturday, March 16, at Waxahachie VFW Post 3894, located at 1405 Interstate 35E. 

The lunch and celebration start at noon, with a flag retirement ceremony to follow at 2 p.m. The community is invited and encouraged to bring any flags that have served their usefulness so they may be properly retired.

The American Legion, as a whole, traces its roots to March 15-17, 1919, in Paris, France, in the aftermath of World War I. The American Legion was federally chartered Sept. 16, 1919, and quickly became an influential force at the national, state and local levels, dedicated to service to veterans, strong national defense, youth and patriotism.

A year after it was formed, the American Legion had chartered more than 5,400 local posts that continue to operate today. Since then it has grown to more than 13,000 posts around the world and more than 2.2 million wartime-veteran members. 

Throughout its first century, the American Legion built a legacy on such accomplishments as leading the way to create U.S. Flag Code, helping start the Veterans Administration, drafting and getting passed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – the GI Bill – which transformed America in the second half of the 20th century, and helping veterans receive benefits for health-care conditions based on their honorable service, including acceptance of Agent Orange exposure as service-connected. 

Today, The American Legion has nearly 3,000 accredited service officers worldwide who assist veterans with their benefits claims and other concerns. Post 388, which is based in Midlothian, is named for the late Chris Kyle, a U.S. Navy SEAL and sniper who served four tours in the Iraq War.

For more information about the lunch, celebration, flag retirement ceremony and sponsorships, contact Robert Sonnier at 469-552-6723.

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