Newberg American Legion post will celebrate its centennial
To celebrate a century of its role in the community, the Newberg American Legion Post 57 is hosting an event for all to enjoy.
The centennial celebration of "Veterans Helping Veterans" will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 3, beginning with a poker run at Finnigans Bar & Grill at 2810 Portland Road and ending at the Chehalem Armory Center, 620 N. Morton St. A poker run is an organized event usually featuring motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles, horses and other means of transportation, and participants have to pass certain checkpoints along the route. This event will feature vehicles with two, three or four wheels. It is $15 to participate first hand and $5 to participate in two-hand.
Once participants reach the armory, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. guests will be served hot dogs and burgers and play games. The day will also feature raffles, door prizes and a 50/50 drawing. There is also a kids' room on hand.
Event goers will also be treated to a motorcycle show, which is open to any motorcycle. There will be prizes for best in show.
The event precedes the group's monthly meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 13 at the Chehalem Park and Recreation District headquarters on Elliott Road.
Several other Oregon American Legion posts celebrated their centennials this year. The Albany Post held a celebration on July 13, while the Hillsboro Post celebrated its 100 years of service in May.
The American Legion itself, headquartered in Indianapolis, was founded on March 15, 1919, at the American Club in Paris, France by members of the American Expeditionary Forces that fought in World War I. The organization was officially chartered by the U.S. Congress on Sept. 16, 1919. It is estimated the organization has a membership of roughly 2 million legionnaires.
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