Detachment of New Jersey


Jeff Hicks

Updated August 18, 2018

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.    Note: All Department Centennial fundraising efforts will support Department's Centennial celebration in 2018. 

Centennial Challenge Coin

Be advised, Department is currently selling a limited edition of the Centennial Challenge Coins, in a numbered series from 101 to ?. These numbered coins are for sale at $10.00 each. First come, first served. Note: Coins 1 to 100 are reserved. Contact Centennial Chairman Robbins to purchase one of these special coins before they are gone!

Department Centennial Committee Meeting - Sunday, July 22, 2018, at Post 346 - Neptune, NJ

Items discussed:

Sunday, August 26, 2018

  • Hospitality Room at the National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Centennial Committee to sponsor party/buffet after the national convention parade
  • New Jersey American Legion Family welcome to attend 

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - Centennial Grand Gala; 12 Noon to 5:00 PM

  • Chrystal Point Yacht Club in Point Pleasant, NJ
  • Tickets are $55 each; only 225 tickets to be sold, very limited seating!
  • Tickets go on sale Saturday, August 18, 2018 - A detailed flyer will be published for SAL
  • Department Auxiliary President and Detachment SAL Commander will sit in front of head table; but no speeches to keep the event moving.
  • Featuring "The American Bombshells" a USO tour group
  • Guest of Honor: The American Legion, Past National Commander Denise H. Rohan (WI)
  • Music for dancing by "DJ-K-ROB"
  • Open bar all night.

Next Department Centennial Committee meeting:

  • Sunday, September 30, 2018
  • Post 346 - Neptune, NJ
  • 9:00 AM
  • Only open to NJ SAL Liaison Jeff Hicks

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

p) (609) 206-6583