New Hampshire WWI Military: Heroes of Keene

The Gordon-Bissel Post 4, American Legion was located at 43 West Street. It was demolished in 1976.

The Gordon-Bissell Post 4, American Legion was located at 43 West Street. It was named after two local men who died during WWI while serving in the military. This building was demolished in 1976 to make way for the National Grange Mutual Insurance Company building.

In Keene New Hampshire’s inaugural prayer of 1919, the city’s mayor  stated that “the dawn of this year is darkly overcast by the clouds of war; and with the nation we pass under the baptism of fire…Make brave our hearts for the performance of every duty. As we are giving the choicest of our men, so may we not hold back anything that the safety of our homes and the continuance of principles of right and liberty may require us to sacrifice. ” Sacrifice it did. Continue reading