A special event is scheduled Saturday, April 14, for the re-dedication of the Alpha Legion Building.

A special event is scheduled Saturday, April 14, for the re-dedication of the Alpha Legion Building. 

The event will include an open house, special activities, and a ceremony with State Representative Dan Swanson as special guest. 

The open house will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the re-dedication ceremony at 11 a.m.

The structure has undergone significant repairs and remodeling. 

Work includes a new roof last year, and interior work including all new walls, with insulation and new plaster, and the attic area was also insulated.

 New electricity, wiring and lighting was installed, along with new exterior and interior doors.

Many area residents along with Legion members have done work at the site.

“Five years ago the ACT (Alpha Community Team) donated funds if we would agree the building could be used as a community center,” Dave Lambin, chairman of the project, said. “We decided there was nothing that could be done on the inside until the roof was repaired.”

After the roof repair, new furnaces were installed and the old boiler system was removed.

“We (the Legion) received a nice donation from ACT to help with the work,” Lambin said.

“The community has been good to help and provide lots of support,” Legion member George Wirt pointed out.

The building includes a sizeable adjacent room that was often used for Legion meetings and for the Legion Auxiliary.

The Legion plans to have a separate furnace to heat that room and hopes small groups will use it for meetings and a place for residents to gather for coffee and visiting.

“What it’s built for,” Legion member John Barton said.

The kitchen and bathrooms will be remodeled later, but remain fully functional.

“We are doing the work one step at a time,” Lambin said.

The history of the Alpha Legion and eventually the building began in 1949 when a group of World War II veterans met to discuss forming the American Legion Post in Alpha.

That same year, with 26 veterans, the Oxford Post was named and organized.

Monthly meetings were held in the village hall and fire station, and the group sponsored Christmas events for community young people and a softball team and other events.

A permanent servicemen’s board was funded with funds raised and a memorial installed near the telephone office in 1952.

Building sites were discussed and a building fund started, with four lots purchased to begin construction.

Members and non-members spent many hours of time, effort and money to help construct the building, and the community enthusiastically supported the effort, according to Legion records.

In 1955 the building was dedicated and at the time, the Legion listed 65 members. A loan from the Alpha bank was ‘paid in full’ in 1957 and a special event was held to celebrate ownership.

In 1960, an addition to the original building was started and completed in 1963, and the servicemen’s memorial stone was moved to the Legion grounds.

Membership consistently gained and boasted 93 members at the time. A year ago, the Sons of American Legion was included and now lists 20-plus members from the area.