The American Legion District 8 to celebrate centennial

PRESCOTT – The American Legion is turning 100 and American Legion District 8 is planning to celebrate!  The Cottonwood, Camp Verde, Black Canyon City and Cornville Posts and Auxiliaries will be hosting an event open to the public hosted in Camp Verde.

District 8 is comprised of Posts and Auxiliaries 6 (Prescott), 25 (Cottonwood), 40 (Chino Valley), 78 (Humboldt), 79 (Yarnell), 90 (Black Canyon City), 93 (Camp Verde), 104 (Bagdad), 108 (Prescott Valley), 122 (Cordes Lakes), 135 (Cornville), 139 (Crown King) and 140 (Prescott Valley).  Celebrating posts in the district received their charters as early at 1919 and continued through 2013.

The organization 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 on Sept. 16, 1919, and quickly became an influential force at the national, state and local levels, dedicated 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 today.  Since then it has grown to more than 13,000 posts around the world, and more than 2.3 million wartime-veteran members.  

Through its first century, the American Legion built a legacy on such accomplishments as leading the way to create the U.S. Flag Code, helping start the Veterans Administration, drafting and getting passed the Service men’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – the GI Bill – which transformed America in the second half of the 20th Century. And helped 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.

The six geographically located posts which are situated east of Mingus Mountain currently number 850 members, plus 600 in affiliated American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American. 

Among those whose lives have been touched by the Legion family in District 8 and the programs such as Arizona Boys/Girls State, National High School Oratorical Contest Scholarship, flag etiquette and many others.    

“The American Legion Family of District 8 is excited to share both the legacy and vision of our organization with our local neighbors,” District 8 Commander Dave Boily said.  We’ve done a lot of good in the past 100 years, and intend to keep doing it for the coming century.” 

The local celebration is set for April 27, 2019,at the Camp Verde Community Park located at 473 South Main Street, Camp Verde, from 11a.m. until 3 p.m. 

There will be food for the public at nearly 1919 prices and free activities for children.  

For more information please contact Jeri Strande, District 8 Verde Centennial Project Manager at 928-649-3374.