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Sunday, September 12, 2010

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Forty & Eight Promenade:

In March of 1920, Joseph W. Breen, a member of the newly formed American Legion and an officer of Breen-McCracken Legion Post 297, met in Philadelphia with fifteen other prominent Legionnaires where they originated the idea of The Forty & Eight. They envisioned a new and different level of elite membership and camaraderie for leaders of the American Legion. The box car of the French Railways, so familiar to American ground troops of the First World War, was chosen as the symbolic heart of the new organization. The French/Railroad theme was applied to officer titles and organizational functions. (More.)

Their annual convention was in Springfield this past week, and ended yesterday (PDF). Never heard of it before, and would not have now had I not noticed the signs today.
Update the next day: And the signs are gone.

Posted by Marie at September 12, 2010 10:25 PM


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