Several members of the Mt. Pleasant community came out to support the 100th anniversary of the Bob Tribby Post 58 in Mt. Pleasant on Sunday.
During a ceremony held to commemorate the event, local historian Pat White gave a history of how the post came to be on June 19, 1919. She explained that in 1866, the GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) was formed to protect benefits. A similar need arose after WWI and the Iowa Department of the American Legion was formed; there was a push for each city and town to form one as well.
The American Legion Post 58 Mt. Pleasant was the first one to form in Henry County and had 57 members. It was named for Bob Tribby, the first Mt. Pleasant man to be killed in action in France.
The post held meetings and made its home in multiple buildings in town before finally finding their permanent home in 2009 in the Veterans Hall.
Stan Hill, of Mt. Pleasant, has been a member of the Bob Tribby Post for 65 years. He said he was glad to see so many members and previous commanders all together in one space to celebrate the post. “The American Legion was 34 years old when I joined and I have to tell you, that the next 65 years of the American Legion has been a pride and honor,” he said.
Dean King, current commander of the post, said he was glad to see a nice crowd formed for the event and how supportive the community is toward the post.
“We knew we needed to do something to acknowledge this,” he said. “It’s our 100th anniversary and that’s huge. There’s lots of things that have happened. The different locations over the years and how we’ve ended up in this wonderful facility that we’re in. It wasn’t an easy battle.”