By WILLIAM CLARK
The Frederick Dempsey American Legion Post 266 will celebrate its centennial Fri., July 29 with a gala celebration open to the public.
The event is scheduled for Jumping Brook Country Club in Neptune. Tickets are $75 per person.
Before it was the Frederick Dempsey Post 266 the property was donated by Elizabeth Austin in 1921 and meant to help Black Boy Scouts.
The post is located on Drummond Avenue in Neptune.
In addition to celebrating the post, the event will honor all veterans with a special recognition of Curtis Stewart. The post will receive special recognition from Mayor Nicholas Williams and a letter from Governor Phil Murphy.
Post 266 lifetime member Tony Richardson said he hopes the community realizes how special the legion is and how vital it is to honor those that have served their country.
“Someone somewhere has been touched by a veteran,” Richardson said.
It’s not just veterans that the American Legion helps.
“We’re the best kept secret because we don’t talk enough about what we do for the community,” Richardson said when speaking about toy donations at Christmas or parties at Halloween.
“Come one, come all,” Richardson said about the gala.
Richardson said the event organizers are still looking for ads from area businesses for the event program.
For more information, purchase tickets or find other ways to support the American Legion, email firstname.lastname@example.org.