Detachment of New Jersey
Centennial Committee

Jeff Hicks, Chairman

Updated December 16, 2017

Greetings Comrades:

The American Legion, Department of New Jersey's Centennial Committee Chairman Chuck Robbins specifically asked that I serve as the NJ SAL Liaison to Department's Centennial Committee.  My appointment is for the lifetime of the committee.  Needless to say, I humbly accepted the opportunity to serve as your NJ SAL state representative.

The purpose of this Committee is to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of The American Legion's founding back in 1919.  Minneapolis, home of the 1st American Legion National Convention in 1919, will serve as host city of the 100th National Convention from August 24-30, 2018. Centennial events and activities will be conducted at the national, department and post levels through the 101st National Convention in Indianapolis during the dates of August 23-29, 2019, and the 15 month celebration will end on Veterans Day 2019.

The Department of New Jersey has several events planned across the state to commemorate this historical milestone!  In addition, several fundraising events will be planned to help raise funds to offset the costs of the celebration.

For starters, the Department has commissioned a Centennial Challenge Coin (see picture below) that celebrates the 100th Anniversary of The American Legion.  Coins are $10.00 each and can be purchased by contacting Legionnaire Chuck Robbins (732) 921-8872.  To date, coin sales have profited TBD.  Note: All Department Centennial fundraising efforts will support Department's Centennial celebration in 2018. 

Centennial Challenge Coin

The Department Centennial Committee held a meeting on Sunday, November 5, 2017, at American Legion Post 346 in Neptune, Monmouth County, NJ, starting at 10:00 AM.  NJ SAL Liaison Hicks attended.

Topics discussed:

  • Commemorative Coins: 4,200 sold; 300 remain; 100 in hands of various Posts
  • Post Histories on National's website - Identifying of WWI Memorials & Monuments
    • 43 Posts in NJ (could be better); locations of memorials progressing well
  • Centennial Placemat
    • Chairman Robbins finalizing with National
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018
    • Third and final Centennial Fundraiser at Post 348 in Brick, NJ, from 12 Noon to 4:00 PM
    • More details to come.
  • Friday, June 8, 2018
    • Burying of a Time Capsule at Wildwood Post 184 at about 3:00 PM
  • Friday, June 8, 2018
    • Incoming Commanders' & President's Reception, 6 to 10 PM, or 7 to 11 PM
    • Beatles Tribute Band, two - twenty minute sets
  • Saturday, June 9, 2018
    • 100th Department Convention Parade
    • Crescent Shrine Mini-Car Unit - booked
    • Gloucester City String Band - booked
  • Friday, July 13, 2018
    • Lakewood BlueClaws Stadium
    • American Legion, Department of New Jersey, Centennial Celebration Night
    • About $23 per ticket, 3rd base line seats, food included.
    • Night will feature The American Legion throughout the game.
    • More details to come.
  • Sunday, August 26, 2018
    • Hospitality Room at the National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Centennial Committee to sponsor party/buffet after the parade
  • Saturday, October 27, 2018
    • Centennial Grand Gala; 12 Noon to 5:00 PM
    • Chrystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant, NJ
    • Tickets are $50 each; only 250 tickets to be sold, which includes distinguished guests; very limited seating!
    • Tickets go on sale in May 2018
    • Auxiliary President and SAL Commander sit in front of head table; no speeches to keep event moving.
    • Guest Speaker: Medal of Honor Recipient Jack Jacobs (NJ Legionnaire; Vietnam veteran)
    • Featuring the "American Bombshells" a USO tour group
    • Open bar all night.
    • Ad Book to be published.
  • Next Committee meeting: Sunday, January 21, 2018, at Post 346 - Neptune, NJ, at 10:00 AM.

Should you have any questions, comments, and/or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

For God & Country,


Jeffrey E. Hicks

NJ SAL Liaison

Department Centennial Committee

The American Legion,

Department of New Jersey

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