On Friday, March 15, American Legion Post 88 joined the celebration of The American Legion's 100th birthday with an open house from 0900-1530 hours. We shared the day with numerous veterans and neighbors enjoying cake, ice cream and drinks. Our local newspaper provided publicity, and local businesses provided 100th Birthday cakes.
The American Legion Family of Post 88 is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the national Legion organization with an open house that will include the entire community in a demonstration of the legacy and vision of the national and local outposts alike.
Our open house will be held on March 15, the 100th anniversary of The American Legion, from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm. Our post is located at 710 E. Main St, in Norman, Okla.
The American Legion is the nation’s leading advocate for veterans, a strong national defense, patriotic youth programs and Americanism. Post 88 has been living that commitment to service since 1920 through programs such as Boys State, Girls State and Sons of The American Legion. In 2018, our veterans service officers assisted veterans and their families with their earned VA benefits, which brought more than $389,000 into our community. Legionnaires from Post 88 annually honor deceased veterans on Memorial Day by placing American flags on their graves and playing Taps at local cemeteries.
On March 12, 2019, Norman Mayor Lynne Miller proclaimed "A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NORMAN, OKLAHOMA, COMMENDING AND EXTENDING RECOGNITION TO THE AMERICAN LEGION ON THEIR 100TH BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY" at the City Council meeting. Donald Schulenberg led several members of Post 88 in receiving the proclamation. Among the Legionnaires were 3 of 4 past state commanders - Donald Schulenberg, William Finch and B. J. Longenbaugh - who are members of Post 88. Bob Summers, a US Navy Motor Machinist Mate 3rd Class, attended the presentation wearing his WWII uniform. Bill Hickman, a Norman City Councilman, noted that he too is a longtime Legionnaire at Post 88. James Hood, a Post 88 member, addressed the council representing American Legion District 5B.