WELCOME TO THE AMERICAN LEGION

America's Largest Veterans Service Organization

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A.R. Turner School Americanism Winners

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The American Legion turns 100 on the 19th of March 2019.  For 100 years the American Legion has been lobbying Congress for Veterans Rights and for American Veterans benefits.  From the G-I Bill of Rights, VA Hospitals, Veterans Affairs of all sorts, to include Agent Orange and PTSD coverage.  Visit the American Legion Post 618, Willis, Texas, located at 13054 FM 1097 East, for a piece of Birthday Cake.  View the history and the results of the American Legions lobbying efforts we have posted on the walls.  Anytime during the month of March 2019.

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DID YOU KNOW?

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization.  Focusing on services to veterans, service members, and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War l into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States.  Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country.  Today, membership stands at over 2 million in 13,000 posts worldwide.  The posts are organized into 55 Departments:  one each for each of the 50 states, along with District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Phillipines.

SIGNIFICANT DATES IN LEGION HISTORY

1919:

March 15-17>  Members of the American Expeditionary Force convene in Paris for the first American Legion caucus.

May 8-10>  St. Louis Caucus.  "The American Legion" is adopted as the organization's official name. The Legion's draft preamble and constitution are approved.

June 9>  The National Executive Committee adopts the Legion emblem.

Sept. 16>  Congress charters The American Legion

Nov. 10-12>  First Legion convention convenes in Minneapolis  The Constitution and preamble are adopted.  Delegates vote 361-323 to locate the Legion's national headquarters in Indianapolis, instead of Washington.  A resolution is passed in support of the Boy Scouts of America.  Today, the Legion is the chartering agency for more than 1,700 Scouting units made up of approximately 64,000 youths.

Stay Tuned!  More dates to come!!

 


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