History of Broome-Wood Post 292
New London, Ohio
On January 22nd, 1920 the Lawrence E. Broom Post of the A.E.F was organized here. The first meeting was held Tuesday evening in the Moose Hall. Charles V. Mack of Norwalk presided over the meeting and the first steps of organization were completed and officers were elected.
Tim G. Emslie, who has been quite active in the American Legion work of the County, was elected Post commander. Fred Swanger was elected Vice Commander, Claire Griffin, Post Adjutant and Harry Broome, Post Finance Officer.
The mantra at the time is recorded in the minutes, “It is needless to say that the Legion will devote every effort to uphold the 100% American Platform that the members and the citizens have established in the preceding months. Every ex-serviceman owes it to himself, his comrades and his community to join this Post as soon as possible. Let us not wait but step out and be a leader in making the Lawrence E. Broome Post of the American Legion one that will prove worthy of upholding New London’s war record. All ex-servicemen are eligible for membership”.
The meetings were held on Friday nights at the Moose Club. Today they are held on the 2nd Monday of each month. Later, the Post would add the name of Wood. Mr. Wood was a very integral member of Post 292 as was Father Duffy. You can find Father Duffy’s history and achievements under the “Father Duffy Tab”.
MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in New London. In addition to memorial events throughout the New London community, the goal of every Veteran to it's last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday. You can visit us at the Post Home Each Memorial Day for Breakfast starting at 7:00 a.m. Post Officers and Members, travel to both local Cemeteries to pay respects to our fallen comrades.
ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans. Routinely our members visit New London Schools to speak with the children. 11 o'clock on the morning of November 11, marks the exact hour of the cessation of hostility on the war fronts.
Registration Of Graves
Since it's inception American Legion Post 292 has been a leader in this community in the area of graves registration; which has been incorporated by all the American Legion Posts in Huron County. Grave Registration enables all interested parties to locate the site of the grave of each Veteran.
Scholarships and Community Projects
Father Duffy Scholarship - This is a $500.00 Scholarship given out one time a year (non-recurring) by our Post to a freshman that plans on attending an accredit college or university. The application can be found at the High School Guidance Counselor's Office and must be returned by April 30th each year. .
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