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Yavapai County Board of Supervisors declares March 17 as American Legion Centennial Day

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors with Yavapai County members of the American Legion as March 17 is proclaimed American Legion Day. (David McAtee/Courtesy)

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors with Yavapai County members of the American Legion as March 17 is proclaimed American Legion Day. (David McAtee/Courtesy)

The Yavapai County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed Sunday, March 17, as American Legion Centennial Day, but the American Legion Posts in Prescott and Cottonwood are saving their celebrations for a later date.

The board voted unanimously to approve the proclamation at its March 6 meeting. The proclamation was submitted by Barbara Fox Thomas for Supervisor Rowle Simmons, said Yavapai County spokesman David McAtee.

More than 26,000 veterans were recorded to be living in Yavapai County from 2013-17 according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

“Yavapai County loves its veterans,” Supervisor Craig Brown said.

The American Legion was formed in 1919 in the aftermath of World War I. American leaders felt post-war troop morale was low, said Sherm Scott, commander for Post No. 6 in Prescott.

During a meeting in Paris during the week of March 15 to discuss how to boost soldiers’ spirits, Franklin Roosevelt Jr. came up with the idea for the American Legion. The organization officially was formed on March 17, 1919, Scott said.

American Legion Post No. 25 in Cottonwood did not make any plans for celebrating Centennial Day on March 17, Post Commander Bill Tinnin said. It plans to celebrate the centennial with the other Legion posts from the district in April.

The posts in the county are planning Centennial events in the coming months that will be open to the public to make people aware of the American Legion and what it does for their neighborhoods. One will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Camp Verde Community Park, 473 Main in Camp Verde. A second event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 11 at Mountain Valley Park in Prescott Valley.

Post No. 25 also plans to have a more personal gathering for the centennial sometime in the early fall, Tinnin said.

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