Miami Legion Post 156 History
Our Miami Legion Post 156 was first chartered on December 16, 1919 as Miami Post #1, the meetings were held on the 2nd floor of the Court House, then moved to the 2nd floor of City Hall until 1939.
The Post 156 meetings were held at 14 East Peoria, the building was purchased by Post 156 in 1940. Bingo was started there and we continue Friday night bingo still today.
On April 5, 1954, Miami Post #1 was rechartered as Miami Post 156.
On February 10, 1955, the Ladies Auxiliary was chartered.
The Auxiliary donated the flagpole in front of the Legion building in 1955 to the old Miami County Hospital and later relocated to the Post 156 location.
On May 4, 1983, the Son's of American Legion was chartered.
On April 5,1931, Easter was an event for the kids started by the American Legion Miami Post 156 and has been held every year since with the help and support of many people.
In 1954, the Russell family donated the Russell ball field, the ball field lights were added shortly after. In 1966,the American Legion purchased the Little League fields and in 1972, the Girls softball field, also the small minor league field diamond was built shortly after that.
The existing property for the American Legion building was purchased in 1972 and the building was dedicated in 1973, the meetings are held every month on the 2nd Monday of each Month.
The Legion Post 156 established and, with the help of the VFW and the Scouting program, provides the Veteran Flags that are placed every year in the Miami County Cemeteries on memorial weekend.
The Avenue of Flags in the Paola Cemetery was established by post 156 in 1986.
The Miami County Veterans Memorial Walk was established in 2004 with the suppport and assistance of the American Legion.
School Scholarships and many other community projects, to numerous to mention, are also done with the help of members of many friends, businesses, and community volunteers.
We thank each and everyone of you for your support.