The Pleasantville American Legion Post is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and members are preparing to commemorate this milestone on Saturday, June 15th.
The celebration will be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Post; the members will pay tribute to their comrades from the past, and look back at how much the history of the American Legion is intertwined with the history of Pleasantville itself over the past century.
Craig Metcalf tells KNIA/KRLS News the building doesn’t just hold the pictures and mementoes of those who have served; it is itself a testament to the work they put in to preserve those memories, and to serve the community throughout the years.
“We had World War I veterans and World War II veterans that helped erect this building, and raise the funds to raise this building. And that was a lot of work at that time,” Metcalf says.
“And I know community events were very popular at that time, but you couldn’t ask for a group of people that worked any harder to establish this post in this building.”
The American Legion continues to draw in new members; veterans from more recent wars are beginning to join the ranks of their elder comrades, and keep their activities going…be it support for community events, or assistance for veterans and their families.