What a great 100th birthday party we had on October 21, celebrating 100 years since Post 88 was chartered in 1919. Post 88’s meeting room was packed with Legionnaires, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of The American Legion and guests. Several guests recalled fun times at Post 88 during the 50’s and 60’s when their Legionnaire fathers brought them to dinners and dances. One lady reported that she had been our delegate to Girls State in 1960. We dined on delicious chicken parmigiana with all the fixings from Olive Garden, a beautiful 100th birthday cake donated by kw Mulinix Realty, and quite a variety of desserts prepared by members of the Auxiliary.
We were honored to have the American Legion Department of Oklahoma 2019 Legislator of the Year, Rep. Mike Sanders, to update us about current legislation. Sanders is the majority leader of the Oklahoma House of Representatives and author of House Bill 1003 which gives a sales tax exemption to The American Legion in Oklahoma. Sanders presented Post Commander Ernie Martin a certificate honoring Post 88 for our 100 years of service to the veterans in our community.
Following the presentation, Martin led a brief regular Post 88 monthly meeting. In conclusion, he reminded us of upcoming events.
Post 88 currently numbers 460 members, plus 53 in the affiliated American Legion Auxiliary and 17 Sons of The American Legion. Among those whose lives have been touched by Post 88 are: Boys State alumni, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the rifle team, Junior Shooters and many veterans and their families who have received Veterans Affairs benefits with the help of our accredited veterans service officers. Post 88 members place flags on veterans' graves on Memorial Day, participates in the annual Veterans Day Parade and host local kiddies at a safe, scary annual Halloween party.
Post 88 meets at 710 E. Main St., Norman, OK, 73070, at 7:00 PM on the third Monday of each month. You may contact Post 88 at the following:
Mail; American Legion Post 88, PO Box 11, Norman, OK 73070