One of the oldest American Legion Posts in our country is situated on School Street in Hamilton, Massachusetts. It is named after Augustus P. Gardner who served as an officer in the United States Army in both the Spanish American War and World War I. In between his military service, this Hamilton resident was a member of the Massachusetts Senate. After his death in 1918, this highly decorated military veteran was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
On February 15, 2020, local veterans, town leaders, politicians, and proud citizens gathered at Post 194 to celebrate 100 years of continuous vibrant operation and reaffirm a commitment to duty that would live up to Augustus P. Gardner’s high standards. The current Post Commander is Brandan Cummings who served in the Army’s 10th Mountain Division. The 10th Mountain Division is the infamous light infantry unit with specialized training geared toward fighting in mountainous and artic conditions.