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Stratford Organizations Stratford American Legion Stratford American Legion Club House located in the village park. From The Stratford Journal, October 22, 1920: The meeting held at the town hall last Saturday night by the ex-servicemen was well attended and Stratford will have an American Legion Post. All final arrangements were made and the boys are expecting the arrival of their charter. It was deemed advisable to elect only officers enough to go ahead with the organizing and the balance of the officers required will be appointed later. This will give those who come in later a chance to hold office and will give the Post a larger number to select from, therefore placing men in positions where they will do the most good. As is the custom the organization is named in honor of one who made the supreme sacrifice and it was voted unanimously to call this the Andrew T. Hakedish Post. A meeting is called for Tuesday, October 25 at the Village Hall and every member is requested to make a special effort to attend and bring a comrade. All ex-service men are cordially invited to meet with the Legion whether they are members or not. Plans will be made to observe Armistice Day, November 11, and the boys plan to get a couple of drill teams in shape for that day. If it is possible the plans of the National Headquarters regarding the distribution and presen- tation of service medals will be carried out on November 11 th. The Stratford Journal is glad to offer its columns to the American Legion as it has all other organizations in and near Stratford and has made arrangements for some interesting reading matter which explains the American Legion What it is and W-h-y it is. It is surprising the number of people (and some are ex-service men) who have little or no idea what this great organization is. Last week the official report credited the organization with 9,605 Posts. Over one-half of the men who served in the American forces are now members of the Ameri- can Legion. (There are approximately 8,400,000 ex-service men.) Those who are interested will find something of interest each week in the Journal. From Stratford Journal, Jan. 1, 1932 The New Legion Home Andrew T. Hekedish Post, American Legion has com- pleted its club house at the southern end of the village park. The building is a one story structure. It is designed to represent a log cabin. A portion of the site was secured by grant from the Stratford Village board and the remainder by lease from the C. & N. W. Railway. "It has always been a dream of our Post to own its own home" said Chas. Raugh, post-adjutant.
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