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THE AMERICAN LEGION

JAMES E. COFFEY POST 3

NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

About Us

Following the Memorial Day Parade in 1919 in Nashua, a group of local World War I veterans met at the National Guard Armory and formed a veteran’s group called "the American Legion".

In 1920, a special committee in the American Legion was named to ascertain who was the first Nashuan killed in World War I. After considerable correspondence, and much research, the committee reported that  Pvt. James E. Coffey was the first to die, although several other Nashua young men died later the same day.

The American Legion then named the local veterans organization, James E. Coffey Post No. 3, The American Legion of Nashua, New Hampshire.

The American Legion is the largest wartime veterans service organization with nearly 2 million members and more than 12,000 posts in communities throughout America.

Established by an act of Congress in 1919, the American Legion, was instrumental in getting the original GI Bill through Congress and the creation of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Today, the organization is active throughout the United States, supporting current military personnel and veterans, sponsoring American Legion Baseball, Boys State, Oratorical Contests and other activities for youth, and pushing for the adoption of a constitutional amendment to prohibit desecration of the U.S. flag.

Post Meetings:

Monthly meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the post home, 11 Court St.

Post Auxiliary Meetings:

Monthly Auxiliary meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the post home, 11 Court St.

Sons of the Legion Meetings:

Monthly meetings of Sons of the Legion are held the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the post home, 11 Court St.