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The Concord American Legion Post 431 will begin the celebration of its 100th anniversary on Friday with the honorary renaming of Zoar Valley Road, where the legion is currently located, to Legion Drive.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at the corner of South Cascade Drive and Zoar Valley Road. Several local officials are expected to be in attendance, including County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Legislator John Mills.

“With the support of everyone we will start the process of getting it permanently changed to Legion Drive,” said officials.

The American Legion Post in Springville was formed as Thurber Post 431 on Sept. 16, 1919 and was initially named after Lynn Thurber, who lost his life during World War I in France. Six weeks later, it was voted to change the name to its current name, Concord American Legion Post 431.

The Legion originally met is several locations including the Waite Building, then called the Community Center, and the log cabin on South Buffalo Street until it broke ground in 1991 at its current home at 109 Zoar Valley Road.

In 1920, the American Legion Auxiliary was started at the national convention and Concord American Legion Auxiliary Unit 431 was chartered. Auxiliary officials said they will be the first Legion Auxiliary in the state to celebrate 100 years.

Legion and Legion Auxiliary officials said the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth. In 1932, the Sons of the Legion was formed, whom are descendants of veterans.

On Dec. 14, 1932, then-National Commander Harry W. Colmery started to write the first draft of what will later become the “GI Bill of Rights,” considered the Legion’s single greatest legislative achievement. In June 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the original GI Bill, or Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, ushering in monumental changes in U.S. society. Higher education became democratized after 8 million veterans go to school on the GI Bill, get better jobs, buy houses and raise families.

Today, Erie County currently has 26 Auxiliary Units and 36 Legion Posts. The national Legion family membership stands at over 4.2 million in 14,000 posts including posts in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.

In Springville, the Legion Commander is Thomas Place, the Auxiliary President is Anne Baglio and the Sons of the Legion First Vice is Dennis Otto.

The Concord American Legion Post 431 will begin the celebration of its 100th anniversary on Friday with the honorary renaming of Zoar Valley Road, where the legion is currently located, to Legion Drive.

The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Friday at the corner of South Cascade Drive and Zoar Valley Road. Several local officials are expected to be in attendance, including County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Legislator John Mills.

“With the support of everyone we will start the process of getting it permanently changed to Legion Drive,” said officials.

The American Legion Post in Springville was formed as Thurber Post 431 on Sept. 16, 1919 and was initially named after Lynn Thurber, who lost his life during World War I in France. Six weeks later, it was voted to change the name to its current name, Concord American Legion Post 431.

The Legion originally met is several locations including the Waite Building, then called the Community Center, and the log cabin on South Buffalo Street until it broke ground in 1991 at its current home at 109 Zoar Valley Road.

In 1920, the American Legion Auxiliary was started at the national convention and Concord American Legion Auxiliary Unit 431 was chartered. Auxiliary officials said they will be the first Legion Auxiliary in the state to celebrate 100 years.

Legion and Legion Auxiliary officials said the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth. In 1932, the Sons of the Legion was formed, whom are descendants of veterans.

On Dec. 14, 1932, then-National Commander Harry W. Colmery started to write the first draft of what will later become the “GI Bill of Rights,” considered the Legion’s single greatest legislative achievement. In June 1944, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the original GI Bill, or Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, ushering in monumental changes in U.S. society. Higher education became democratized after 8 million veterans go to school on the GI Bill, get better jobs, buy houses and raise families.

Today, Erie County currently has 26 Auxiliary Units and 36 Legion Posts. The national Legion family membership stands at over 4.2 million in 14,000 posts including posts in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.

In Springville, the Legion Commander is Thomas Place, the Auxiliary President is Anne Baglio and the Sons of the Legion First Vice is Dennis Otto.

For anyone interested in joining or questions regarding the Legion family, call the Concord American Legion Post 431 at 592-5627 between noon at 7 p.m. and they will direct you to the correct membership chairman.

 

For anyone interested in joining or questions regarding the Legion family, call the Concord American Legion Post 431 at 592-5627 between noon at 7 p.m. and they will direct you to the correct membership chairman.

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