TEXARKANA, Ark. — Members of both local American Legions — Post 58 in Texarkana, Arkansas, and Post 25 in Texarkana, Texas — will be invited to Post 58's 100th Anniversary celebration of its original founding during a joint Legion meeting May 15.
Post 58 Commander Dan Nicholson said the centennial celebration will start at 11:30 a.m. at Post 58 in the 500 block of East Broad Street before an organizational meeting, which will start at about 12:45 p.m. that same day.
Nicholson said when he first joined Post 58 back in 1988, there were about 570 members — now there are just about 90, which combined with the Texas-side, would now make about 220 members, collectively.
Besides the 220 male American Legion members on both sides of state line, Nicholson added there are also about 24 female auxiliary members.
As for Post 58, it's actual 100th Anniversary is marked as May 11, 1921, according to copies of archives supplied by American Legion Auxiliary member Ann Nicholas.
Looking back on his 33-year membership in the organization, Nicholson said he liked the association with other members, as they all helped bring veterans services to Texarkana. This would include getting a regular veterans medical transport van service started, leading from Texarkana to Shreveport and back, as well as a Veterans Administration Clinic started first on Summerhill Road in 1994, before it moved to Realtor Avenue in 2003. As of early next year, a larger VA Clinic will open again on Summerhill Road.
More discussion about the celebration will take place at a Texarkana Area Veterans Council meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at Post 58.