The American Legion will be celebrating its 100-year anniversary with a party at Paducah's VFW, 1727 Washington St., on Saturday.

The event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature food, activities for kids and addresses from members, said Sandra Ford, who oversees the District 1 auxiliary.

Paducah's American Legion Post 31 has seen its membership dwindle recently, and the group was no longer available to use its former building. Ford said she hopes Saturday's reunion will serve as a homecoming for local veterans and also help to recruit more members.

"One of our goals is to bring these people back, let them know that we're still here, that we're still active."

Ford invited any American Legion members, veterans and their families, or anyone interested in learning more about the group to attend the bash.

Food will be of the "dress your dog" variety.

"Hot dogs with every topping you can think of," she said.

The ultimate goal is to spread knowledge about the organization and its work helping veterans and their families.

The event won't be held in the bar area, so children are welcome, Ford said.

"This is the beginning of coming back."

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