Written by Post Historian, Tim Wilson:
In 1919, one year following World War I, America’s veterans chartered the National American Legion. American Legion Post 96 was established January 26, 1929 with 16 charter members by the town (now city) of Brunswick’s veterans. The ground on which our Post stands proudly today, was the temporary headquarters of Major General Alfred Pleasanton in 1863, during the War Between the States, while he prepared to pursue General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia across the Potomac River following the Battle of Gettysburg. It is reported that General George Armstrong Custer met with Pleasanton here as well. Confederate prisoners were also confined and questioned on the site. The names Steadman and Keenan honor two young Brunswick men who were killed in action during the First World War. Corporal Harold W. Steadman entered the Army on August 2, 1917, and served with Company A, 115th Infantry in the Center Defensive Sector and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He died of wounds received in action on October 14, 1918. Corporal Alvey D. Keenan entered service September 16, 1917, and served with Company L, 313th Infantry in the Avocourt Defensive Section and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He was killed in action on September 29, 1918. The first meetings of Post 96 were held in Elias Flynn’s barber shop located about where the lower Legion driveway meets South Maple Avenue. In 1931, Post 96 and Brunswick held its first “Armistice Day Ceremony and Parade.” With the only exception of one year during World War II, our Parade (which become Veteran’s Day Parade in 1954) has been held annually, 2015 being its 83rd year, the longest standing parade in Maryland to honor our veterans. The year 2004 was not a good one for Post 96. The roof of our facility collapsed following a major snowstorm and as a result, Post 96 experienced a period of decline in interest and membership. Year 2011 brought with it a new breath of life for the Post! With the demise of Post 96 at hand, Brunswick’s veterans, both men and women, stepped in and did what was necessary to save our organization. Today, our Post, is one of the most successful and vibrant Posts not only in the state of Maryland, we are being noticed at the National level of the American Legion as well. Today American Legion Steadman-Keenan Post 96, Brunswick, Maryland stands tall and proud—ready to serve our past, present and future veterans as well as to serve the community of Brunswick.