American Legion celebrates 100 years of service

ISHPEMING — Earlier Friday afternoon, the American Legion Post 114 celebrated their 100th year anniversary.

The American Legion was first conceptualized in France in March of 1919.

Legion members focus on serving veterans, service members and the community.

To celebrate the 100th year milestone, the post hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to begin their weekend of activities.

“This organization here helps veterans out in many ways; our primary thing every other month we have the Jacobetti veterans here for a meal” said Judge Advocate for Post 114, William Haupt. “One month our post puts it on, another month the legion auxiliary puts it on, and then the sons put it on another time. So, all in all, each group puts a meal out for these men every two months”

“Our post here, 114, also celebrates its 40th year of existence. So it ties together nicely, we just wanted to celebrate the centennial and as well, our 40 year history here at this post” said the Commander for Post 114, Scott Marietti.

On both Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, the post will have an open house celebration from 1-5 p.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn what the American Legion is about, who they help, fundraisers they’ve held, and their plans for the future.