Broad Ripple Post was first chartered October 18, 1920 as Hazelbaker Post #312. The number 312 was not in the normal order and was requested because one of the members and founding fathers, Walter Fuller, was a member of Masonic Lodge #312(no longer in existence) and made a special request that number be used. One week later,October 25, 1920, they changed their name to Broad Ripple because they were able to get the building that the post is currently lodged in. It was the repair facility/ boarding station for the interurban railway company and was sold to Broad Ripple American Legion Post #312.* On August 4, 1978, Memorial Post #3 merged with Broad Ripple and Broad Ripple changed it's number to 3 because it allowed them to be the first post in voting order within the district. Since that time Osric Mills Watkins Post #162 merged with Broad Ripple Post #3 on May 1, 1980.
*Information as told to me by Mabel Fuller(Walter Fuller's widow)- John L. Miller, PPC 1971,1988,1989
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MEMORIAL DAY has always been an outstanding occasion in this community. In addition to memorial events throughout the Indianapolis community, the goal of every Veteran to it's last man is to keep MEMORIAL DAY sacred to the memory of our war dead of all of the wars of the country; and all graves are decorated on this National Holiday.
ARMISTICE DAY, now called VETERANS' DAY, originally marked the end of fighting in World War I. It is an important holiday on the calendar of Legionnaires everywhere and in the hearts of all Veterans. Annually the Legion sponsored the Armistice Day Parade.
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Each year, together with other veterans organizations, members place a flag on each veteran's grave in the Indianapolis are
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Broad Ripple Post sponsors various scholarships for the further education of our children. We also sponsor and financially assist many worthy community projects and programs initiated by the National American Legion.
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