In 1923, James A. Edmond American Legion Post 121 was started. The Post consisted entirely of WWI Veterans. They were very active in the community and played/sponsored baseball teams and sponsored boy scouts.
During WWII, the Post shut down to concentrate their efforts to the war. Six Veterans donated $10,000 of their personal money to re-open the Post in dowtown Waco.
On May 11, 1953, an F4 tornado tore through downtown Waco, killing 13 and injuring 153. The 20 mile path resulted in the destruction or damage of 519 homes, 19 businesses and 150 cars. The Post was one of those businesses that saw damage. During the cleanup caused by the tornado, the City of Waco requested the Post to vacate their location. The Post and the VFW combined their resources to purchase a building at 4th and Tennessee in Waco.
In 1956, a McLennan County Judge loaned Post 121 a cannon from the County Courthouse. Member, Jack Hannah, towed the cannon from the courthouse to the Post with his pickup truck.
In 1969, Melvin Laird, appointed as U.S. Secretary of Defense under Richard Nixon, was a member of Post 121. During the period of the 60's through the 90's, Post 121 had and/or sponsored baseball team(s).
In 2012, the Post home moved to the Greater Waco community of Elm Mott.
Currently, Post 121 has approximately 500 members, 100 Auxiliary members, 22 Sons of the Legion members and 100 Legion Riders. Our youngest veteran member is 19 and our oldest veteran member is 96.
A Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post 121 was formed on _______. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Auxiliary. Auxiliary members are always anxious and willing to co-operate in every Legion activity.
A Sons of the Legion for American Legion Post 121 was formed on _______. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Sons of Legion unit, which gained statewide recognition because of it's programs of service.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Greater Waco community, the goal of every Veteran to it's last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday.
ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans. Annually the Post participates in Armistice Day Parade. An important tradition was established when the Post led in the memorial exercises at 11 o'clock on the morning of November 11, marking the exact hour of the cessation of hostility on the war fronts.
Registration Of Graves
Since it's inception American Legion Post ___ has been a leader in this community in the area of graves registration; which has been incorporated by all the American Legion Posts in ___ County. Grave Registration enables all interested parties to locate the site of the grave of each Veteran. American Legion Post ___ acquired a burial lot in ______ Cemetery and this has been marked by the erection of a massive monument marking it as the burial lot for servicemen without kin. Each year, active members place a flag on each Veteran's grave.
Scholarships and Community Projects
American LegionPost --- sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the National American Legion.
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