WEST BEND — The public is invited as the American Legion Lt. Ray Dickop Post 36 celebrates its centennial today.
Events will be held at the post at 712 Park Ave. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be displays of many items from that time period, including toys, clothes, a baby buggy and more. Music from 1919 will be played in the background to show participants what people were listening to when the post was founded, said Donna Kleinmaus of the Centennial Celebration Committee.
There will be face painting, $1 hot dogs and popcorn and quizzes to see how much kids know about those times.
The post was charted on Aug. 30, 1919, with D.J. Kenny as post commander. The American Legion itself traces its roots to March 15 to March 17, 1919, in Paris, and was celebrated across the country and in Washington County this year.
The American Legion was federally chartered on September 16, 1919, and
quickly became an influential force at the national, state and local levels, dedicated to veterans, military personnel, youth programs and patriotic values.
The American Legion has more than 13,000 posts around the world and more than 2.2 million wartime-veteran members. It has been pivotal in accomplishments such as leading the way to create the U.S. Flag Code, helping start the Veterans Administration, drafting and getting passed the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 — the GI Bill — and helping veterans receive benefits for health-care conditions based on their service.
Post 36 is named for Lt. Ray Dickop, who died in the line of duty in Fismes, France on Aug. 4, 1918. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and is one of Pershing’s 100.
The post is heavily involved in supporting the West Bend Community and surrounding area. Post members actively sponsor youth programs, community programs, outreach programs, and scholarships. They make regular health
and welfare visits to injured and sick veterans. They place American flags on city streets and provide special event services at parades, funerals, cemeteries and special events.