James O. Hall Post 19 of the American Legion Department of Louisiana, from Jennings, conducted their Centennial Celebration Ceremony on Saturday, October 26, at Founders Park in Jennings in order to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the post’s founding on October 10, 1919. Post Commander Horace Naquin was master of ceremonies for the event.
During the ceremony, members from other American Legion posts were recognized. Each family member of a founding members was then introduced and welcomed. There were children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren of the founding members present for the ceremony. Naquin then read the names of each of the 42 founding members of the post. As each name was read, Sergeant at Arms Charles Burrell rang the memorial bell in tribute to that comrade.
Boys State representative Loren Higginbotham and Girls State representative Skylar Henry gave presentations on their experiences at Boys State and Girls State held at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches this summer.
Post Historian Glenn McFarlain made a presentation on the history of both The American Legion and Post 19. Ben Cormier read a proclamation from the city of Jennings recognizing the post on their 100th anniversary and for their accomplishments during their 100 years of operation. Ceremony attendees were then invited to ask questions of Legion members regarding life in the military and the benefits of being a Legion member. Naquin then thanked all in attendance for helping the post celebrate their 100th anniversary.