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Hollywood American Legion building is dedicated

Hollywood American Legion building is dedicated

July 4, 1929: Front view of the new American Legion building on Highland Avenue in Hollywood.

This photo accompanied a July 5, 1929, Los Angeles Times article that began:

Under the legend “In Peace as in War We Serve” emblazoned high on its tower, the new $270,000 home of the Hollywood American Legion yesterday was dedicated in the words of its Commander, John D. Home, “to serve the public fearlessly and well, to the common service of our country and to the memory of our departed comrades.”

More than 1,000 persons attended the dedication ceremony with Mayor [John] Porter as the principal speaker and with such honorary guests as District Commander Charles Wright and State Adjutant James Fiske. Their purpose was one with the statement of purpose of the post graven about the portals of the home reading, “For God and Country We Associate Ourselves Together to Uphold the Constitution of the United States.”…

Past Commander C.L. Kincaid said the post was perhaps the first in the country to have its own home. It began in an old church building on El Centro Street near Hollywood Boulevard and grew to the largest in the State, having 1,285 registered members. It was organized in 1920. The new building is at 2035 Highland Avenue.

These three images were recently scanned from 4-inch-by-5-inch in glass plates. The photographer is unknown.

Link to American Legion Post 43 website.

July 4, 1929: A flag-raising at the American Legion building dedication in Hollywood. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

July 4, 1929: Visitors enter the new American Legion building in Hollywood. Credit: Los Angeles Times.

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