CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION

SAN ANTONIO – (March 15, 2019) The American Legion has turned 100 years old and American Legion posts, districts and departments across the nation and overseas hosted centennial events to commemorate the occasion.  

 

Members of Fred Brock American Legion Post No. 828, located on the city’s East Side, hosted a special event to commemorate 100 years of The American Legion. 

 

The event began with a reception followed by a program which featured the “Posting of the Colors” by the Bexar County Buffalo Soldiers Association.

 

Post Cmdr. Al Alford welcomed all and recognized all distinguished guests. 

Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert, Precinct 4, addresses attendees of Fred Brock American Legion Post No. 828’s observance of The American Legion’s 100th Anniversary. American Legion posts, districts and departments across the nation and overseas hosted centennial events to commemorate the occasion.  (Photo by Burrell Parmer, Post Hubmaster)

 

Special guest speakers included State Rep. Barbara Gervin-Hawkins, Bexar County Precinct 4 Commissioner Tommy Calvert, and retired Navy Rear Adm. Eric Young.  

 

District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse delivered and read a proclamation from the City of San Antonio and former District 2 Councilman Keith Toney gave the history of the post.

 

Additionally, Miss Black San Antonio Kiah Ford assisted by Legion Squadron Cmdr. Thomas “Bubba” Tyler conducted the Missing Man (POW/MIA) Ceremony.

 

Afterwards, all were treated to dinner served by Auxiliary President JoAnn Flint and the members of the post’s auxiliary.

 

Members of Fred Brock American Legion Post No. 828’s Auxiliary pose for photos at the conclusion of the post’s observance of The American Legion’s 100th Anniversary.  The auxiliary is led by JoAnn Flint, president. American Legion posts, districts and departments across the nation and overseas hosted centennial events to commemorate the occasion.  (Photo by Burrell Parmer, Post Hubmaster)

 

Calvert thanked the post commander and the committee who organized the centennial observance.

 

“This is a great day,” said Calvert.  “I want to thank the members of Post 828, their families and friends who make this post such a spirited place; a place of community and a place of civic engagement.”

 

According to Alford, of the 100 years of the American Legion’s existence, Fred Brock Post No. 828 has served veterans and the community for 72 years.

 

“I am really proud of the attendance we had at the centennial celebration,” said Alford, a retired Air Force veteran. “It’s was not just the legionaries, the auxiliary or the Sons of the American Legion who came out, but the members of our state and city government and the community.”

 

Young, who served as commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command was the keynote speaker.

 

“I am honored to be here as a Sailor, as an American, and as a veteran,” said Young, who served as commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command. “I could think of no other place to be tonight than with Fred Brock Post 828, a community of veterans, supporters, and loyal patriots.”

 

The American Legion was founded on March 15, 1919 and chartered and incorporated by Congress in September 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.

 

Post No. 828 was named for San Antonio native, Sgt. Fred Brock, Jr. of the 598th Field Artillery Battalion, 92d Infantry Division, who was killed in the line of duty by a bolt of lightning during maneuvers at Fort Huachuca Arizona on August 18, 1943, while supervising the installation of a field telephone system.   

 

 

 

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