The F.W. Grigg Post 68 of the American Legion has been active in Merchantville since the early 1920s. The Post is named after Corporal Frederick W. Grigg, who had grown up in Merchantville as one of ten children and had served with General Pershing in Mexico prior to America's entry into World War I in 1917. Corporal Grigg was killed in action in October of 1918, one of four Merchantville men to make the Supreme Sacrifice for their country during World War I. The post received its temporary charter on August 13, 1919, and was formally chartered on March 21, 1921.
For many years the Post kept a home at 1 West Chestnut Avenue in Merchantville. In more recent times Post 68 has met at the Merchantville Community Center, at the foot of Greenleigh Court, off of Maple Avenue. Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 PM.
Over the past 80-plus years the F.W. Grigg Post 68 has compiled a long and distinguished record of serving the community of Merchantville and Pennsauken and the veterans community at-large. The Post sponsored one of the largest Boy Scout Troops in Camden County during the 1920s and 1930s, and for many years organized a Memorial Day Parade through the town. In 1950 the Post was instrumental in having the Park at Wellwood and Maple Avenues named Wellwood Memorial Park in honor of those who served had in all of her past conflicts.
Today the Post is active in advancing educational activities in the local schools, funding projects relating to disabled veterans, and sponsoring the annual Memorial Day ceremonies at Wellwood Memorial Park.
In 21st Century America our Country needs us as never before, not to fight, but to provide an example of what men and women of good character can and should do for their towns and neighborhoods. If you've served active duty in the armed forces during any of the war eras and have been honorably discharged or are still servicing, you are eligible for membership in The American Legion and WE WANT YOU. Although our Post is based in Merchantville, all those eligible are welcome. We especially would like to hear from those in Pennsauken and East Camden and nearby communities where veterans groups have not been active.