Sunday, June 3, 2018

Windsor’s American Legion

Windsor’s American Legion Post, the Gray-Dickinson Post No. 59, installed Robert E. Strahan of Maple Avenue as its new commander on September 30, 1944. He succeeded George C. Dugdale.

The installation ceremony took place in the new Legion home on Palisado Avenue in what formerly was known as the old Bell School. The Town of Windsor granted the Legion a long-term lease on favorable terms. In 1944, the Legion had 250 members, most of them World War I veterans, but 21 of the legionnaires were World War II veterans.

The Gray-Dickinson Post No. 59 was organized in 1919 by 58 World War I servicemen. The name of the Post was taken in honor of two Windsor men who lost their lives in France. They were Howard B. Gray and Seth H. Dickinson.

The Post’s first headquarters was in a home on Maple Avenue purchased from the Grace Episcopal Church of Windsor in 1929.

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