American Legion Post 36 celebrated 100 years of charter

Legion 36 Post Commander Pete Roitz holds the mic for Betty Coles, a candidate for the first Girls State in 1941, as Linda Lingle looks on. PIONEER PHOTO/Virginia Giorgis

“We are one people, a family…”

FORT BRIDGER — A celebration of 100 years of American Legion Post 36 charter turned into, not only a celebration of the charter, but also of the longevity and cohesiveness of the Bridger Valley community.

Last Saturday, Jan. 25, was officially designated as the “American Legion Fort Bridger Post 36 Centennial Day” by the Uinta County Commission earlier this month. American Legion Post 36 was chartered on Jan. 31, 1920. The national organization was formed in March 1919 in Paris France following World War I.

Last Saturday’s celebration at the American Legion Hall in Fort Bridger was replete with good food, good times, good wishes, tributes to veterans, tributes to six Valley businesses which had served the area for over 50 years – Union Telephone, Bridger Valley Electric, Benedict Trading, Jim Bridger Trading Post and Giorgis Appliance Center, Bridger Valley Motors, Little America – and just basically a good time to be proud of America, the veterans and the community. The Legion also recognized the numerous businesses, which had helped with support of Legion activities over the course of the years. The day’s celebration ended with a dance Saturday night.

Post Commander Pete Roitz, a power behind the scene, said Saturday afternoon, the American Legion had 125 members and the organization had served at 43 veterans’ funerals in 2019.

Legion member Ken Duncan gave the invocation and asked God to give the members the “ability to do the tasks set before us…welfare and support of our community.” He also asked for blessings for the United States.

Auxiliary member Barbara Roitz read the book, “America’s White Table” to the children gathered on the floor in the front of the room as Donna Bindl placed the items on the table in the background. The little white table stands as a symbol for and remembrance to service members fallen, missing, or held captive in the line of duty. Solitary and solemn, it is the table where no one will ever sit. An empty chair sits at the table

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