The American Legion was first conceived in Paris, France, in 1919, out of comradeship of those who served in World War I and dedicated to the highest ideals of patriotism and good citizenship, and to God and country.
Dixon Post 12 was chartered June 30, 1919. The Post’s members work at supporting its veterans and their families. This dates back to why the Legion was originally formed. Helping the disabled veteran is the Legion’s first and foremost work.
The American Legion assists the other veterans groups with projects: Honor Flight, poppy sales, food baskets, Flags for First-Graders, Premier Boys State, Gifts to the Yanks, sponsorship of Boy Scout Troop 93, flag-raising at schools, flag retirement, Legion eighth-grade school awards, Legion baseball and Flanders Fields.
The Legion also participates in the Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Petunia Festival parades.
Sons of the Legion are another part of the Legion. Any male can join Sons of the Legion if their father, grandfather, or great-grandfather was a veteran of the American military service.
There also is a Ladies Auxiliary which supports veterans. They go to the veterans home and do activities and play bingo. They also have bake sales and a pancake breakfast to raise money for community projects, and help send girls to Premier Girls State.
Dixon American Legion Post 12 will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 1120 W. First St. Please help us celebrate the American Legion’s 100th birthday.