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"Still Serving America" is the motto of The American Legion. Veterans who continue their service to America by still serving their communities. Veterans whose involvement in the community creates and supports the feeling of camaraderie which makes The American Legion the nation's largest and the most respected organization of wartime veterans. 

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Lorton American Legion Post 162 Celebrates 80 Years Of Service To The Community And Nation

Sam Ramseur - Department Historian


A group of twenty officers who served in the American Expeditionary Forces (A.E.F.) in France in World War I is credited with planning the Le­gion.  One officer, Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., proposed an organization of veterans.  In February 1919, this group formed a temporary committee and selected several hundred officers who had the confidence and respect of the whole army. 

The first organization meeting took place in Paris in March 1919 and about 1,000 officers and enlisted men attended.  This meeting, known as the Paris Caucus, adopted a temporary constitution and the name, The American Legion. 

Congress granted the Legion a national charter in September 1919.  The first National Convention, held in Minneapolis, adopted a permanent constitution and elected officers to head the organization.

In October 1933, a group of young Veterans met in a room over the Post Office at Lorton, which at that time was known as Springman's Store. They decided to form an American Legion Post.  A temporary Charter was applied for at Department Headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. The application was approved by the Department of Virginia, and on November 13th, 1933 Pohick Post #162, the American Legion, began operating under a Temporary Charter. 

The first Post Commander was Edwie Welsh elected for the years 1933 - 1934.  The Post requested and received permission through the kindness of one of the members on the school board to hold its Post monthly meetings in the old Lorton School House.  This practice was continued later when the new school was constructed. 

In July 1938, a resolution was presented and adopted to change the name of Pohick Post #162 to Lorton Post #162.  A permanent charter was also applied for and granted at this time.  Every year since we demonstrate that community spirit and leadership through our outreach programs that have assisted veterans and their families in our area, and by our monetary support of more than $35,000.00 last year to the local charities within both Fairfax and Prince William Counties.

2013 marked the 80th Anniversary of our Post and its close association with the Lorton Community.  The Post sponsored several programs and events throughout the remainder of the year in celebration of this event and the public was invited.  These events were announced through the local news media, the Post 162 Expressions newsletter and on our website





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