The American Legion - Veterans Serving Veterans
Since its founding in 1919, the 2.7 million-member American Legion is the nation's preeminent service organization for veterans of the U.S. armed forces, including active duty, National Guard and Reserves, and their families. A powerful voice for veterans in Washington, The American Legion drafted the original GI Bill and was instrumental in establishing the agency that today is the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.
Leo Thomas Leyden, the first Denver man to be killed in action, was born in Denver and lived here most of his life. He was educated in the public schools and in the Denver University.
Marcellus Holmes Chiles was another Denver boy who paid the supreme sacrifice, having been a member of Company A, 356th Infantry, 89th Division. He died on November 5th, 1918, from wounds received in action in the Argonne. He was designated as one of the one hundred heroes of the World War.
John Hunter Wickersham was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., Feb. 3, 1890. He came to Denver when a small boy and received his education in Denver.
Be In the Know
Beginning in July, for your dining pleasure, LCW
Post 1 is starting a monthly Saturday Night Dinner, scheduled
for the third Saturday of the month. Legionnaire and Chef, Michael Gropper, will be preparing “summer fare” for July
and August. The menu will change every month. The proceeds from these dinners will be earmarked for Veterans
programs, which also assists the Veterans in the Culinary Arts Boot Camp program, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.