The 22nd annual convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Pennsylvania, took place in Scranton from June 26-28, 1941
Organizers reported there were 3,000 delegates registered for the convention and estimated an additional 10,000 guests would be in the city to attend.
With attendance that high, events were spread out across Scranton. Central High School was used as the home for large meetings, the Hotel Casey served as the delegates’ headquarters and the Hotel Jermyn housed the auxiliary headquarters.
Besides the meeting, the convention’s organizers made time for some fun for the delegates.
In the evening of June 26, the “Military Order of the Cootie” held a parade that went all around downtown Scranton. In the afternoon of June 27, a drum corps, marching bands and drill team competition was held at the Scranton-Dunmore Stadium on Monroe Avenue.

Here are images from our collection dealing with the VFW Convention –