The medal was authorized when CPT Harry A. Burr was Commander. He and later Commanders have received it following installation to office, generally at the Old Guard Ball in New York city. The Commander has a “COMMANDER” bar on his ribbon; Past Commanders wear it also, without the title of Commander on the ribbon.
This gavel was presented by the Past Commanders to Commander Peter J. Sposito in 1992 for use by him and all future Commanders thereafter. The command changes when the gavel is passed.
Below are some of the medals that have been issued by the Centennial Legion since 1876. The first one in the top row is supposedly the first medal from 1876. The one on the right end in the front row is the current Centennial Legion medal.
The medal photos below are courtesy of Sumner Hunnewell:
1951 Medal 1956 Medal
1958 Medal 1961 Medal
Unknown age medal
Passed January 26, 1946 – “While there are 13 stars on the ribbon attached to the medal it is manifestly impossible to get so many on the Ribbon Bar, so there are but three on it, one for each century of the American Military. This was duly seconded and passed.”