EL PASO COUNTY — The American Legion Post 5 in downtown Colorado Springs is turning 100 tomorrow.
The American Legion was founded shortly after World War I and granted a charter to Post 5 on August 7, 1919.
To commemorate the occasion, El Paso County Board of County Commissioners issued a proclamation at their meeting on Tuesday to honor its long history of dedication to veterans, youth and the community.
"To me, it's a great honor because it says the county takes time to thank us for all the work that we've done in our area of helping veterans," said Keith LaMee, a Post 5 member and historian.
Colorado Springs City Council and the governor's office have also issued proclamations to honor the post in the past.
Legionnaires will be host a celebration on sunday at 1 p.m., where they'll be renaming the post under Floyd Lindstrom, a Medal of Honor recipient from Colorado Springs who died in World War II.