The American Legion, Department of Delaware, will host a centennial celebration with National Cmdr. Brett P. Reistad at 5 p.m. March 9 in Ballroom C of Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, 1131 N. Dupont Highway.

A century ago, The American Legion was founded by veterans who had a post-war mission. Their mission was to care for veterans, provide patriotic programs for the nation’s youth, advocate for a strong national defense and instill a societal pride in what it means to be American. Among its accomplishments are the drafting of the original G.I. Bill and the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Reistad will serve as keynote speaker. More than 250 Delaware Legionnaires and family and friends are expected to gather to celebrate the American Legion’s legacy in its first century of service to the nation’s veterans and its communities, state and nation.

Prior to the celebration, Reistad will visit the VAMC Wilmington, American Legion Ambulance Service Station No. 64 in Smyrna, Dover Air Force Base and the Air Mobility Command Museum in Dover and visit several Delaware American Legion Posts.

The American Legion 100th Anniversary mantra is “Legacy and Vision” — a celebration of past accomplishments and a renewal of the organization’s resolve to serve communities, states and the nation for a second century.

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