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.
Above are some of the medals that have been issued by the Centennial Legion since 1876. The one on the right end is the current Centennial Legion 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.”