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American Legion, SUFFOLK POST NO. 57 — 1924

Suffolk, Virginia

American Legion, 1924

The American Legion was started in Suffolk immediately after the war, with Captain C. H. Causey at the head of it. He was for a period of a year Post Commander and the membership of the Post at that time was about forty, which is the present membership now. It has always maintained about that membership from veterans of the city of Suffolk and Nansemond County. The Post has done quite a bit of work towards helping out veterans who were unable to help themselves, and charitable work, and probably the biggest thing that the Post has done was to declare in Suffolk a day known as American Legion Day. During the year 1921, the banks and all business houses declared a holiday on that day, a big parade was given in the morning, in the afternoon they had a tournament in which about thirty knights participated; that night they had a ball and everybody participated from the old to the infants. The Lieutenant-Governor introduced the Governor, who made the charge to the knights. A member of the State Senate made the coronation address and there were people here from all over the State. The American Legion realized about $1,900.00 from the tournament and ball, $1,000.00 of which was given to the Memorial Library fund, a fund for the purpose of erecting a memorial library to the veterans of the world’s war from Nansemond County and the city of Suffolk.