On June 3, 1919, Winter Haven, Florida, was granted a Charter for the formation of an American Legion Post. The original charter hangs in the Main Room of Post 8. It was signed by Henry D. Lindsley, Chairman, National Executive Committee, in the Temporary Headquarters of the American Legion, 19 West 44th Street, New York, New York. Listed on the document are the following names of Winter Haven men requesting a Post: A.P. Butts, Cyprus L. Lee, E.H. McLean, Ervin Smith, John G. Bacon, E.W. Harrington, G.D. Brewer. T.V. Snivley, E.A. Commander, H. Tyron and T.F. Ballout.

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