American Legion Post 927 History
On June 24th, 1946, five former servicemen met in the high school auditorium. Existing at the time in Gilbert was an informal community consisting of former World War I and II Veterans. The decision to organize an American Legion Post resulted from the conclusion of these Veterans that the American Legion was the representative Veterans' organization in this country. That conclusion has been proven true as today the American Legion is the largest wartime Veterans' organization with nearly 15,000 local Posts throughout America and over 3 million members who care about America, Veterans, their families and our nation's youth. At the first meeting Mr. Harold Davis was elected temporary Chairman and Mr. James Gould temporary Secretary. Decision was made by the attending Veterans to file an application for an American Legion Post. At next meeting, a Certificate of Application for a Charter was presented. It was also decided at this meeting to organize a Post as soon as one hundred servicemen of Gilbert had indicated their desire to join the Post. A committee was formed to name the Post and the Post was named "American Legion Post 927”. All of Gilbert’s servicemen who died in the service of their country, as a mark of respect, were honored when the Post was chartered. Permanent organization was affected at the next meeting which time permanent officers were elected. The first officers of American Legion Post were chosen by 22 Charter members.
A Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 927 was formed on March 30th, 1948, with 34 Charter members. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Auxiliary. Auxiliary members are always anxious and willing to initiate many Legion activities.
A Sons of the Legion for American Legion Post 927 was formed with 21 Charter members. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Sons of the Legion unit, which is recognized for its numerous programs of service.
A Legion Riders Chapter of the American Legion Post 927 was formed on July 18th, 2010. The Legion has every reason to be proud of the ongoing achievements of our Riders Chapter as they are the leading fundraiser for our distrct and are recognized by the State of Pennsylania American Legion organization for thier efforts.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Gilbert community, the goal of every Veteran to it's last individual, is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday.
ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans. Annually the Post sponsors the Armistice Day Observation. An important tradition is continued when the Post leads the memorial exercises at 11 o'clock on the morning of November 11, marking the exact hour of the cessation of hostility on the war fronts.
Registration Of Graves
Since it's inception American Legion Post 927 has been a leader in this community in the area of graves registration, which has been incorporated by all the American Legion Posts in Monroe County. Grave Registration enables all interested parties to locate the site of the grave of each Veteran. American Legion Post 927 acquired a group of 14 Monroe County Cemeteries. Each year, active members place a flag on each Veteran's grave on both Memorial Day and Veterans' Day.
Scholarships and Community Projects
American Legion Post 927 sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children, inclding both Girls and Boys State. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the National American Legion.
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