On January 8, 2019, Westcliffe Post 170 celebrated the 100th anniversary of the formation of the American Legion. The American Legion is our nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our local communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans. Post 170 members and along with some family members commemorated the anniversary with a special dinner at Sangrita’s restaurant. The evening ended after the group enjoyed five different kinds of cake, each cake representing one of our nation’s military services.
“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 swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2 million in more than 13,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth”.