VAN WERT — The Isaac Van Wert Post 178 was chartered in Van Wert during the early months of 1920. The name was chosen for one of the Revolutionary War Patriots, Isaac Van Wart, who the town was named after.

At the end of the war, a group of soldiers met in Paris, France, to discuss the need for an organization that could assist the needs of returning soldiers from the war. This idea was brought back to the United States for further consideration. From these meetings, at several locations, an organization was formed named The American Legion. This documentation laid out the needs and services required by returning veterans from past, present, and future wars. Indianapolis, Indiana, was chosen as national headquarters.

The chartering of the American Legion was passed by the U.S. Congress on Sept. 16, 1919. To this date, there are more than 12,000 Legion posts worldwide that follow a guideline known as the four pillars. 1. Americanism 2. Children and Youth 3. National Security 4. Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation.

Isaac Van Wert post is proud of its 100-year history and wants to share its celebration with the Van Wert Community Saturday, Sept. 18 from 3-9 p.m. in Legion Park. Join members along with Congressman Bob Latta, and State Senator Rob McColley. There will be food, fun and live entertainment on the stage.