Hollywood Post 43 to help restore World War I memorial

American Legion Hollywood Post 43 in Los Angeles is getting involved in efforts to mark the 100th anniversary of the United States' entry into World War I.

A story on Post 43's website describes how it partnered with the Los Angeles Eschscholtzia Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on securing a grant through the 100 Cities/100 Memorials fund-matching program, an initiative of the World War I Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library that encourages groups across the country to take on the projects of restoring and preserving World War I memorials.

The target for Post 43 and the Eschscholtzia Chapter is Victory Memorial Grove in Los Angeles' Elysian Park, just across from Dodger Stadium. The DAR erected a plaque there in 1921, but the memorial has become weathered over the decades.

The commission has also been encouraging organizations to plan public events for April 6, the date in 1917 that the United States officially entered the war. Post 43 is part of the state task force that is scheduling events for that day at the Los Angeles National Cemetery and the Memorial Coliseum.