In 1919 the city of Somersworth was mostly a Franco-American mill community consisting of former World War I 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.
A Certificate of Charter was presented to the Somersworth American Legion Post 69 on
December 20th 1919.
All of Somersworth’s servicemen who died in the service of their country, as a mark of respect, were honored when the Post was chartered.
The first members of American Legion Post were:
|Lorenzo Brunell||James Canigam||Archie B. Gosselin|
|Dennis Cullinas||John F. Collins||Alphonse Levasque|
|Ernest Deschene||Alfred M. Rousseau||Paul Beaupre|
|George Heon||William Penon||Placid Lagueux|
|Thomas Chase||Clyde Harvey||Richard M. Collins|
A Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 69 was formed on December 11, 1930. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Auxiliary. Auxiliary members are always anxious and willing to co-operate in every Legion activity.
A Sons of the Legion for American Legion Post 69 was formed on October 15, 1983. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Sons of Legion unit, which gained statewide recognition because of it's programs of service.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Somersworth community, the goal of every Veteran to it's last man 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., As it has been in Somersworth. Annually the Post Leads/participates in the Veterans Day Parade.
Registration Of Graves
Since it's inception American Legion Post 69 has been a leader in this community in the area of graves registration; which has been incorporated by all the American Legion Posts in Strafford County. Grave Registration enables all interested parties to locate the site of the grave of each Veteran. Each year, a contingent of Post 69 members place a flag on each Veteran's grave in the city of Somersworth. The New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery is located in the town of Boscowan. The State Veterans Cemetery conveys peace through natural beauty and is a source of pride to veterans' families and residents of New Hampshire.
Scholarships and Community Projects
American LegionPost 69 sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy local community projects, and a number of programs initiated by the National American Legion.
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