The American Legion is the oldest veteran’s organization in the United States having been established in 1919. This year is the 98th anniversary of the establishment of the American Legion. Soon the American Legion will be celebrating 100 years of service to its veterans and its communities.
Capt. Lester S. Wass American Legion Post 3 has a long and distinguished history as it stands at the end of Washington Street in the shadow of the Joan of Arc statute and welcomes every visitor to our fair city. It reminds our citizens and visitors of the sacrifices that were made by our young men and women to preserve and protect this nation and to keep it free from tyranny and terror.
Members of American Legion Post 3 are veterans of wartime eras ranging from World War II to the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Post No. 3 supports our fellow veterans. It is also an organization that gives back to the community, especially in the holiday dinners that it serves to both fellow veterans and other residents in the Cape Ann area on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. These meals are prepared by members and other citizens at the Legion Hall and are served both in the Legion Hall and delivered to fellow citizens who are less mobile. All the meals are free thanks to generous donations from both the American Legion members and other caring members of the community. We want to continue that tradition.
We also have a history of allowing the historic Legion Hall to be used by other civic and nonprofit organizations at little or no charge. The membership of Post 3 continues to increase as the post has welcomed a number of recent Iraq and Afghanistan veterans as new members who come with a “can do” attitude.