The American Legion‘s national charter was approved and incorporated by Congress in 1919, as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers, and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States.

American Legion Post 0010 Makinson-Carson in Kissimmee will be celebrating 100 years of service to the community, state, and the nation on June 3, 2019. 

Positively Osceola met with Commander Daniel Bush of the American Legion Post 0010 Makinson-Carson to learn more about the history of the organization and how they will be celebrating 100 years. Commander Bush who severed in the Vietnam War has been a member of the American Legion for 29 years, and Commander of Post 10 for two years.

American Legion Post 0010 Makinson-Carson is located at 205 Lakeview Drive at the Lakefront Park in Kissimmee. Commander Bush gave a tour of Post 10 explaining that the original building was the former Kissimmee railroad depot until the Railroad company gave it to the Legion for $1.00. Post 10 was named in honor of two brave men who were born and raised in Kissimmee, William Thomas Makinson, First Lieut. Co. “A” 56th Infantry and Nathan Bryan Carson Jr., Private, 5th Marine Regiment. Both men lost their lives in combat, fighting to protect our nation. With approximately 1.8 million members of the American Legion, the Kissimmee Post 10 has 500 members of its own. Legioners (members) have the opportunity to visit over 14, 000 posts across the world with their membership.

The American Legion offers a number of local programs and activities to strengthen its commitment to our nation’s grassroots and the people they serve. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs; it continues to educate youths on the importance of sportsmanship and develops the quality of our country’s citizenship. Members from Post 10 had the opportunity to be honored guests at this past Friday’s Fire Frog Baseball Game in celebration of its upcoming 100 year anniversary.

In celebration of their 100 years, American Legion Post 0010 Makinson-Carson will be hosting a karaoke contest beginning May 31, 2019, and run through June. They will also be hosting a two-day event, June 1-2, 2019 open to the public with a cornhole competition on Saturday and a horseshoe competition on Sunday.  If you are interested in participating please be sure to sign up early.  Kim and the Kadilicas will be performing Saturday, June 1, 2019, at 6:00 pm and on Sunday, June 2, 2019, t 5:00 pm. For more information visit the American Legion Post 0010 Makinson-Carson Facebook page.

If you or someone you know has served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces or are currently serving now and would like to become a member of the American Legion visit the national website to find a holding post near you and eligibility information.

Positively Osceola would like to congratulate American Legion Post 0010 Makinson-Carson on its upcoming 100 year anniversary and thank all the members of Post 10 for their service and dedication to making a positive difference in Osceola County. 

Photo Credit: Joseph Marcheggiani