Milan American Legion celebrates 94th birthday

Posted Online: Aug. 11, 2014, 6:40 am
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Press release submitted by Milan American Legion

The Milan American Legion will celebrate it's 94th birthday at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 with a public all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner. There is no charge, but free will donations to help cover the expense of the dinner are appreciated.

The dinner includes salad and garlic bread. Free ice cream and cake will be available to everyone.

Located at 515 W. 1st Ave., Milan, the post was chartered Aug. 1st 1920, just a few months after the Germans and Allies signed an armistice ending WW 1 hostilities, and just a few months after formation of the national American Legion organization. From an initial membership of 36 veterans, the Milan post has grown to nearly 300 former and current members of U.S. Military services.

Initial post meetings were held in the Milan Knights of Pythias hall, then moved to the nearby Smith Apartments. Members later met at the Milan Town Hall, now the site of the University of Illinois Extension Service, before acquiring their own building.

All area residents, service members, and current and former Legion members and their families are invited to join in the dinner and celebration. Call the Milan American Legion at 309-787-4149 for more information.


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