Payson Utah American Legion Post 48 celebrates 100 years of service to veterans

The Payson Utah American Legion Post 48 celebrated its 100th birthday just a few months ago, in October. Since its inception on Oct. 15, 1920, Post 48 has been through many challenges but remained strong and functional throughout them. 

Some of the challenges included a debilitating depression, national strife, and a devastating World War. Post 48 held firm through these unforeseeable trials and continues to offer support for honorably discharged veterans and their families living in Payson. 

Post 48 celebrated its 100th birthday in true COVID-19 style, with invitations to virtually join in the festivities by sharing pictures, artifacts, and stories about the organization’s history. Legionnaires and community members were also invited to share their own service stories over social media.

The Payson Utah American Legion Post 48 hopes to continue serving veterans and their families for many years to come. Honorably Discharged Veterans living in Payson who would like to join Post 48 are encouraged to do so. There are no extensive time commitments required. Members can spend as much or as little time participating in the organization as they desire.

The mission of Post 48 is to serve the community and help veterans in need. They look forward to completing this mission well into 2021 and beyond. 

To learn more about Post 48 contact Commander Dave Wilkinson (, 385-250-9844), Honor Guard Coordinator Gary Herbert (801-465-2739), Post Historian Gary Schwartz (801-465-3938), or Robert Rasmussen (801-376-1978). (Peterson is a Serve Daily contributor.)

Shellie Peterson
Shellie Peterson
Shellie Peterson is a mom, wife and freelance writer. She currently lives in Santaquin with her husband and daughter. In her spare time, she loves to sing, read, write and spend as much time as possible camping.

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