MASON CITY - The American Legion Post 101 and VFW in Mason City will host a dinner for the public Thursday.
The dinner is held at 5 p.m. each Thursday for a low-cost meal at the All Vets Center, 1603 South Monroe Avenue in Mason City.
Anyone interested in the Legion or any other veterans organization are welcome to attend.
The American Legion is celebrating its 100th anniversary across the country through Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
The organization as a whole traces its roots to March 15-17, 1919, in Paris, France, in the aftermath of World War I. The American Legion was federally chartered on Sept. 16, 1919.
A year after it was formed, the Legion chartered more than 5,400 local posts that continue to operate today. Since then it has grown to more than 13,000 posts around the world and more than 2.2 million wartime-veteran members.
Throughout its first century, the Legion lead the way to create U.S. Flag Code, helped start the Veterans Administration, drafted the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 known as the GI Bill and helped veterans receive benefits for health-care conditions based on their honorable service.
Today, The American Legion has nearly 3,000 accredited service officers worldwide who assist veterans with their benefits claims and other concerns.
American Legion posts annually donate more than 3.7 million hours of volunteer service in their communities, provide assistance on more than 181,000 VA benefits cases, sponsors more than 2,500 Scouting units serving more than 64,000 young people and awards more than $4 million in college scholarship.