The members of American Legion Fort Mason Post #285 & Ladies Auxiliary invite other veterans, friends and family, and the general public to join us on Thursday, March 13th, at the American Legion Post Hall, 237 Post Hill St., to celebrate The American Legion’s founding by members of the American Expeditionary Forces at its Paris Caucus in March, 1919. During 1919, the name “The American Legion” and the emblem were officially adopted and Congress chartered The American Legion as a patriotic veterans organization.
At the first American Legion National Convention in November, 1919, the Legion’s constitution and by-laws were approved. Also at that meeting, The American Legion passed a resolution 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. In 1921, the Legion’s efforts resulted in the creation of the U.S. Veterans Bureau, forerunner of the Veterans Administration. America’s first “Flag Code” was drafted during a Legion conference in Washington in 1923, and this code was finally adopted by Congress in 1942.
By focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion has evolved from a group of WWI war-weary veterans into one of the most influential veterans groups in the U.S. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide.
For more information on this meeting or on the activities of the American Legion, please contact Holly Gilmore, 429-6368. For information on the Auxiliary, please contact Gail Coldiron, 347-9016.