On Sunday, Sept. 8, the 2019 Ottawa Legion Baseball team presented this Historical Timeline Mural to American Legion Post 63 in recognition of its Centennial. Representing the team in the picture were: Coach Nick Watkins, GM Chad Niese, Coach Doug Sanders Jr, Coach Doug Sanders, and players Jordan Motter, Jacob Balbaugh, Gage Iames, Connor Niese, and Ethan Alt. Receiving the Mural are Commander Ed Foreman, Sgt. at Arms Dave Yoder, Historian Dave Kersh, and 1st Vice Commander Brent Deskins.
On Sunday, Sept. 8, the 2019 Ottawa Legion Baseball team presented this Historical Timeline Mural to American Legion Post 63 in recognition of its Centennial. Representing the team in the picture were: Coach Nick Watkins, GM Chad Niese, Coach Doug Sanders Jr, Coach Doug Sanders, and players Jordan Motter, Jacob Balbaugh, Gage Iames, Connor Niese, and Ethan Alt. Receiving the Mural are Commander Ed Foreman, Sgt. at Arms Dave Yoder, Historian Dave Kersh, and 1st Vice Commander Brent Deskins. (photo submitted)

OTTAWA – Since the fall of 2018, a committee of five people have met periodically to put the pieces together needed to have a special 100th anniversary for American Legion Post 63 on Saturday, Sept. 21, and Sunday, Sept. 22.

Now, as the two-day celebration nears, the final pieces are in place, including the arrival of a four-foot by eight-foot mural with historical images, and the completion of the sixth historical video about Post 63 and its history.

“Members of the Ottawa Legion Baseball team raised the money for the mural,” said committee member Dave Kersh. “We felt it was important they have a part in our 100th anniversary celebration.”

Mr. Kersh said they raised the money during their summer games.

The mural includes photos and information about American Legion Post 63’s history. It will be on display during the Centennial celebration.

“We haven’t decided it’s permanent location though,” Mr. Kersh said.

The committee also released their sixth video about American Legion Post 63’s history, titled, Still serving America 1948 to 1964. Other pieces the committee have worked together in preparation for the event include researching the history of the post, collecting historical images, and providing written narratives for five other historical videos. Using the script, pictures, and narrations, the videos were put together by 2019 Ottawa-Glandorf graduate Brooke Langhals. These videos are available on YouTube and can be found by searching for American Legion Post 63. They will also be shown during the Centennial Celebration at the American Legion Post.

The next piece included the borrowing of the historic ‘necktie quilt’ featured in one of the Legion videos, narrated by local historian Rosie Verhoff.

During World War II, when inductees left for the war, they left their neckties at the Oak Café in Ottawa. The intent was to pick the ties back up when they returned from the war. There were 250 ties left at the Oak Café. The American Legion Auxiliary members used the ties to make the quilt. It was used as a fundraiser by the Auxiliary by selling raffle tickets. The family of the winner of the quilt has agreed to loan the quilt for exhibit during the Centennial celebration.

The celebration will begin on Saturday, Sept. 21, with Al’s Mixed Up Band performing from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.