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I go to the local American Legion Post every month for their roast beef dinners and I knew that this branch was old but I did not realize that it was one of the originals. From the Stanwood-Camano News:

American Legion Post turns 100
A group of American World War I Doughboys gathered in Paris the weekend of March 15-17, 1919, to discuss ways to serve their country on the home front. At those meetings, the American Legion was born, and it is celebrating its 100th anniversary this month, as is American Legion Post 92 in Stanwood.

About 1,000 officers and enlisted men of the American Expeditionary Force attended that first meeting in 1919, according to John Buckley, historian for Post 92.

“It is considered to be the first American Legion caucus,” he wrote in an article for the post.

Post 92 was named in memory of a local man who was killed Sept. 26, 1918, in France. Frank Hancock was the first war casualty of World War I from Stanwood.

Hancock was held in high esteem in the Stanwood area, and his death cast a pall over the entire community. His mother became the first Gold Star mother in the community.

Quite the history in this place. Love it!

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