American Legion Post 105

History (continued)

American Legion Lake Shore Post 105 is located in North East, Pennsylvania on the shore of Lake Erie. The Post was organized in 1919 with Theodore C. Hill elected commander on November 10. It received its official charter from the American Legion effective January 6, 1921 with about fifty members listed. Lake Shore Post 105 has become recognized as one of the 29th Districts' premier examples of the ideals of the American Legion

Over the years the Post has had several locations for holding its meetings, primarily in the downtown area of North East. In 1944, the Post purchased property on West Main Street, on which was a large house which would be suitable for a Post home after some remodeling. The house was sold in 1956 due to high maintenance costs and recent losses of revenue, and a new building was built on South Mill Street for about $40,000. This served as the Post home from 1957 until 1995-96 when additions to the banquet hall, kitchen and offices nearly doubled the size of the building. In 2001, a $250,000 renovation of the bar area completed the Post home remodeling. With capacity for about 300 guests, the banquet rooms of the Post home are available and regularly used for a variety of private and community functions.

Lake Shore Post 105 has long been a leader in service to the community of North East, and has been closely associated with the local fire department through the years. The Legion and fire department joined hands to organize the Legion-Fireman Band which became well known throughout the area for its talent. The band no longer exists, but another major community event with Legion-Fire Department roots still is... the annual Cherry Festival and parade.

One of the Post's fund-raising projects was an annual carnival, started in 1923 and usually held in the fall on the Post property on South Mill Street. In the late 1930's, the North East Fire Department joined with the Legion to host the Grape Carnival. Then in the late 1940's, the Fire Department decided to try a Cherry Festival held in July. The Post continued with the Grape Carnival in the fall until about 1954. Since the weatherman never seemed to provide good weather at that time of the year and with the amount of profit realized in decline, The Grape Carnival was discontinued and the Firemen's Cherry Festival went on to become the major community event that it is today.

Other Post activities to benefit the community include the proper observance of Memorial Day with services and a parade, Veteran's Day and the American Legion Birthday. The Post benefits the areas children with one of the areas largest Easter Egg Hunts (nearly 3000 colored eggs), a Safe Halloween night and an annual Children's Christmas Party. The Post also sponsors area youth to attend the Keystone Boy's and Girl's States and State Police Youth Week. Lake Shore Post 105 is active in American Legion programs to promote Americanism, Law and Order, Children and Youth and Community Service and has won state awards annually in at least one (and in some cases all) of these catagories.

Around 1964, a group of Lake Shore Post 105 Legionnaires became acquainted with members of Branch 17 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Thorold, Canada and began a program of mutual cooperation known as "Hands Across The Border". The purpose of the program is to promote good will between The United States and Canada and at least twice a year, Legionnaires from both organizations exchange visits, both in observance of patriotic events and as the result of friendships that have developed over the years.

Lake Shore Post 105 is home to several other charters and organizations. The Unit 105 Auxiliary was organized at the same time as the Post. The ladies are always active in the community and Post events such as Poppy Day, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day and others. The Sons of the American Legion Squadron 105 was organized in the 1930's and, while they went through a period of inactivity, are today a vital and active charter in the Post. Squadron 105 has been the home Squadron of two SAL Department Commanders to date. In 1949, the American Legion Drill Team was organized to represent Post 105 in various area activities and parades and won many prizes and championships for their precision marching. Today, the Lake Shore Post 105 Color Guard and Honor Guard continue that proud tradition with their prize-winning performances. They are much in demand for presentation of colors at various area events, parades and in performance of military funerals for our departed comrades.

American Legion Lake Shore Post 105 continues to conduct an intensive membership campaign. Current membership stands at 608 Class A, Life and Paid-Up-For-Life members. Post meetings are held at the Post home starting promptly at 8 PM on the second Monday of each month and are regularly well attended. Active members of the American Legion, Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion visiting the area are welcome and encouraged to stop in to Lake Shore Post 105's Post home.

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