Look Back: American Legion, 1919
Date: 5/4/2012 Album ID: 1464058
Photos by Post-Dispatch files and the Missouri History Museum
by Tim O'Neil --- The veterans of World War I who formed the American Legion first met on American soil in a theater downtown on May 8, 1919. The killing had ended six months before. They adopted a national constitution, promoted employment for veterans and cheered Col. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., a war hero and son of the late former president.