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The History of

Edward H. Monahan Post No. 64

The American Legion, Department of Iowa




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       On April 18, 1919, (four months after the armistice was signed ending the fighting in the World War) the "first call" was sounded to again assemble the men and women of Sioux City who had served their country in uniform. In response, nearly one thousand persons appeared at the Auditorium to signify their desire to know the meaning of the call.  Speakers there told of the great purposes of The American Legion which was born in France some months previous. The sense of the meeting gripped the auditors, and , after an explanation of the ideals and principals of the Legion a motion was put before the house and passed appointing a committee to petition the national headquarters of The American Legion for a post charter for Sioux City.

       In the months that followed the first gathering of the former warriors there came the most welcome charter affiliating the Sioux City organization with The American Legion. The general custom of selecting names for the various posts was followed in the local chapter.  That custom suggests the name of the first person who gave his life on the battlefields of France for his country to become the name of the post in the community in which he lived. Thus the name of Edward H. Monahan was immortalized by his former comrades in Sioux City.

       Little should be stated as to the efforts of individuals in organizing the local post. Such is not the spirit of those who enter upon a common cause such as that which gave Monahan Post grounds for existence. The splendid leadership and vision of most loyal men and women has guided Monahan Post in its high endeavors through the years of its infancy. Most commendable support and co-operation of its entire membership has placed it in the front rank of the posts of the nation. And to the general public of Sioux City should go a vast portion of the credit for the high ideals which now grace the records of Monahan Post.

       The preamble of the national constitution of The American Legion provides a pattern of Americanism that well describes the purposes of this organization of former service men and women. A b--ader, more altruistic and unselfish association for the promotion of America's well being does not exist. The Legion attempts to function through the principals of democracy and guide its actions to the best interests of the American people. Useful citizenship is taught in its activities, and in its practices the Legion strives to do only those things that will reflect the true American spirit that its members learned to venerate through the patriotic ties of service under The Colors.

       Many fine acts of note have gone down in the history of Monahan Post. The most noteworthy are the impressive funeral escorts which accompanied the bodies of Sioux City's war dead to their last resting places --

'...Far from gay cities, and the ways of men."



       Under the auspices of Monahan Post there were thirty-eight funeral escorts paying full military honors over the bodies of former comrades. From time to time as the bodies would be received from the overseas battlefields, the Legionnaires would form in column to pay final honors to the heroic dead. The colors and guard, firing squad, pall bearers and a column of men from all arms of the service would march to the music of the Monahan Post band to the cemeteries. There the last rites were said and the firing squads paid the final salutes. The echoing of the bugles floated through the stilly air of the peaceful homeland when Taps was heard -- indeed --  

"Fades the light
  And afar
  Goeth day,
  Cometh night;
  And a star
  Leadeth all
  To their rest."


        The history of Monahan Post has been an open book and chapter of public participation, save for the matters of alms-giving and relief among suffering ex-service men and their dependents. In this work the post has sympathetically aided many men whose physical and mental capacities were found to be handicapped because of injuries or sickness experienced during the period of serving their country. In this relief work Monahan Post has not confided its efforts to those of its membership. All ex-service men of the city, and those who came within the city's borders are welcome to the assistance which the post is in a position to offer. Each application for relief is examined and passed upon by a committee whose duty it is to assist, temporarily at least , those who are found to be worthy. Such acts are not made a matter of public report. In the majority of cases the appeal to the post is made as a last resort, and the pride of young men whose cases are many times found to be most pitiful is given an opportunity to feel the warmth of the bonds of comradeship. 

        The membership roster of the post in 1920 was 1,410. The following year was the first year of state supremacy when the local post led the state with a membership of 1,645. ...    


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~ scanned and submitted by Paula Hinkel