LODI, NJ – The Joseph M. Lane American Legion Post 136 will have 100 years of history on display at the Lodi Memorial Library during the month of September.
The first meeting of the Post was held on September 9, 1919 at the Liberty Street Fire House. World War I veteran and Lodi Board of Education member, Fred Butterworth, was elected the first Commander. Subsequent meetings places included the old Roosevelt School (1920-1926), Mayor Geoheghan’s old house, the first Post home that was purchased at 141 Union Street (1926-1952), the first building built on the current site of 41 Union Street (1952-2005), and now the current building on that site since 2015.
The Post has had 47 Commanders in 100 years, currently led by Commander Francis “Fran” Carrasco, a Viet Nam veteran and Purple Heart Medal recipient, who was elected the 87th Bergen County American Legion Commander in May. He is also Chairman and Co-founder of the New Jersey Mission of Honor for Cremains of American Veterans.
Items on display include the Post’s articles of incorporation, American Legion baseball memoribilia, items from the Post’s award-winning drum corps, among other curiosities.
The Post’s namesake, Joseph M. Lane died in France during World War I, where he is buried.
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