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American Legion Post Adopts a New Name


Posted By: Jeanie Belding (email)
Date: 10/30/2019 at 19:05:08

Source: Pella Chronicle
Pella, Iowa, USA),
August 3, 1922, pg. 5 (excerpts)

American Legion Post Adopts a New Name.

The monthly meeting of the American Legion Monday evening was the time appointed for voting on a change of name for the post. It had been on the minds of some of the members for some time that the post should commemorate the names of some of the loyal men of the community who laid down their lives in the great war.

The name chosen was "Van Veen - Van Hemert", a combination of the names of the only two men whose homes were within the corporate limits of Pella to be shot down in battle. As is shown to our readers these men were John Van Veen and Gerrit Van Hemert. Both were killed during the summer of 1918, and the Chronicle published their pictures at the time. Both were faithful soldiers and the post is proud to be known by the name borne by two such men.


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