FLORENCE – Everyone is invited to Florence American Legion Post No. 9’s 100-year celebration, beginning with an opening ceremony at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, in front of the post at 441 N. Main St. Admission is free.
The street will be closed for a block party. Family games, including a watermelon-eating contest, gunny sack race, stick horse race, hopscotch, tic tac toe and water balloon toss, will be held at Padilla Park behind Silver King Marketplace. Prizes will be awarded, food will be for sale and the 10th & Main band will play.
There will also be a dummy roping contest, with a $5 per team entry fee, and a cornhole tournament with a $20 per team entry fee. To preregister, call Sammi Jo at 520-705-4483 or Kim at 480-586-0481.
Twenty local veterans met on a Wednesday night, July 30, 1919, at the Clemans Brothers’ office to form the Florence American Legion post. A committee appointed to research names reported that since there were only two men from Florence who were called into service and never returned, the post should be named for them. The name McLellan-Parsons was adopted unanimously.
The national American Legion is also celebrating 100 years this year.
The local American Legion post has occupied one of Florence’s most historically-significant buildings, the Second E.N. Fish & Co. Store, since 1944. Today, the local post has more than 150 members, not including the Sons of the American Legion and the ladies’ auxiliary.