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2619 Centreville Road, Centreville, Maryland

Jeff Davis Post 18


Post History

The No. 18 Post of the Legion was organized in 1919 and named for Jefferson Davis, who had been the first Queen Anne's County solder killed in WW1.  . E. Hall Covell was named the first commander. Post 18 was officially chartered in 1930. Jefferson Davis was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Davis, of Price. Jefferson Davis was better known as Dick he was one of seven children. He was born on May 20, 1892 at Price. He entered the Army on September 25, 1917 and was killed in France on July 25, 1918, he was 26 years old. Existing at the time in Centreville was an informal community consisting of former World War I Veterans. The decision to organize an American Legion Post resulted from the conclusion of these Veterans that the American Legion was the representative Veterans' organization in this country. That conclusion has been proven true as today the American Legion is the largest wartime Veterans' organization with nearly 15,000 local Posts throughout America and over 3 million members who care about America, Veterans, their families and our nation's youth.

The American Legion post formed in Centreville in 1919 was first named the Queen Anne's County Post. At this time Jefferson Davis's remains were interred in a French cemetary, in August 1921 his remains along with several thousand other American dead were returned to this country. After a Post reorganization and the body of Jefferson Davis had been returned from France, it was decided to change the Posts name to Jeff Davis Post No. 18.  

A Certificate of Application for a Charter was presented to the State of Maryland's American Legion Command in 1930.   


Affiliated Organizations

A Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post ____ was formed on _______. The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Auxiliary.  Auxiliary members are always anxious and willing to co-operate in every Legion activity.

Sons of the Legion for American  Legion Post ____ was formed on _______.  The Legion has every reason to be proud of it's Sons of Legion unit, which gained statewide recognition because of it's programs of service.

                                                                              Patriotic Days

MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Centreville community, the  goal of every Veteran to it's last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday.

 ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans. It has been observed at the Queen Anne's County Seat in Centreville annually every year followed by a Post Everlasting ceremony at Post 18.  Annually the Post sponsored the Armistice Day Parade. An important tradition was established when the Post led in the memorial exercises at 11 o'clock on the morning of November 11, marking the exact hour of the cessation of hostility on the war fronts.

Registration Of Graves

Since it's inception American Legion Post ___ has been a leader in this community in the area of graves registration; which has been incorporated by all the American Legion Posts in ___ County. Grave Registration enables all interested parties to locate the site of the grave of each Veteran. American Legion Post ___ acquired a burial lot in ______ Cemetery and this has been marked by the erection of a massive monument marking it as the burial lot for servicemen without kin. Each year, active members place a flag on each Veteran's grave.

Scholarships and Community Projects

American LegionPost --- sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the National American Legion.

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