American Legion, Everett Ray Seymour Post 78


American Legion, Everett Ray Seymour Post 78, began Aug. 20, 1920 by World War I veterans. Its name recalls the first Ridgefielder to die in combat in WWI. One of its first projects was to erect the War Memorial on Main Street at the head of Branchville Road in 1925; it lists the names of all service people from Ridgefield in all wars through WWI.

Aside from providing support for local veterans, the legion also organizes the annual Memorial Day Parade, sponsors military band concerts in town, conducts Veterans Day ceremonies each year, sends honor guards to the funerals of area veterans, and sponsors two local baseball teams for older teenagers. Early meetings were on the top floor of the Martin Block, but in 1939, the Legion began leasing the old Titicus Schoolhouse from the town as a legion hall. The organization has had as many as 151 members.

Jack Sanders

By Jack Sanders

A Fairfield County native and graduate of Holy Cross, Jack Sanders retired in 2014 after 45 years as an editor of The Ridgefield Press. He’s written nine books on history and natural history, including Wicked Ridgefield, Ridgefield Chronicles, Hidden History of Ridgefield published by The History Press, The Secrets of Wildflowers (Lyons Press), Hedgemaids and Fairy Candles (McGraw-Hill), and Five Village Walks (Ridgefield Historical Society). He also created and administers the 10-year-old Old Ridgefield group on Facebook, which has more than 6,000 followers. He and his wife, Sally, a retired newspaper editor who is on the board of the Ridgefield Historical Society, live in a 250-year old farmhouse in Ridgefield.