Legion Anniversary

Post Cmdr. Janet Fonger and Chris Petras hold the book Petras wrote about the Grand Haven American Legion post.

Today marks a very special day for the Charles A. Conklin American Legion Post 28 Grand Haven.

On June 12, 1919, a group consisting of 35 World War I veterans (soldiers, sailors and Marines) met at the Grand Haven Armory to complete the necessary forms for establishing an American Legion post. After signing the forms, the legionnaires hit the ground running with one goal in mind – advocating for programs and services that benefit veterans and to help those in need within the Grand Haven community.

About the writer: Dr. Chris Petras is a member of the Charles A. Conklin Sons of the American Legion Squadron 28 and recently self-published a book titled “A History of Events in the Centennial Evolution of the Charles A. Conklin American Legion Post 28 Grand Haven, MI (1917-2019), and Life and Military Service of (the) Namesake, Charles A. Conklin.” Petras recently co-produced and co-directed a documentary on Post 28, which is scheduled to air on PBS stations this summer.

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