Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion

Ed Davis

Help us to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion

The American Legion Oro Valley Post 132 family is proud to sponsor a celebration for the 100th anniversary of the American Legion. Everyone is invited, not just veterans. Admission is free, so join us for music, demonstrations, food, prizes, safety tips, children’s activities, and veteran’s programs.

The celebration will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Riverfront Park, located on 551 W. Lambert Ln. in Oro Valley, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The opening ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m. with the posting of colors and singing of the national anthem. Listen to the Ocotillo Rain and Thunder Bluegrass Band and DJ while enjoying some of your favorite eats from food vendors.

The event will have claim counselors on hand to help veterans understand their VA benefits and provide resources.

There also will be military and first responder demonstrations. Enter your pet in the pet patriotic costume contest at1:00 p.m. No registration is required—just bring your pet. The event also will feature the following:

* Children’s activities, including face painting and balloon artists

* Home safety tips

* Flag etiquette

* Static displays

* A drop-off for unserviceable American flags for proper disposal

* Displays featuring authentic military equipment and uniforms dating from World War I

Sign up for the free Honor Flight program to Washington, D.C., or learn more about the high school-sponsored Veterans Heritage Project to tell your military service story.

Learn about the award-winning programs of the four entities that comprise the American Legion Family: The American Legion, the Auxiliary, the Sons of the American Legion, and the Legion Riders (motorcycle riding enthusiasts). This is also a great opportunity to learn more about the open Legion membership eligibility requirements that were recently signed into law.

The American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans’ service organization, which was founded by veterans of World War I and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1919. It has been fulfilling its commitment of service to veterans, service members, their families, and local communities for 100 years. For more information, contact or 520-229-1064, or visit