[The 100th anniversary of the American Legion will be celebrated during the 2018-19 membership year. After reading this blog post, tell us what you think Paul Revere Post 623 should do in advance of the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.]
The American Legion’s 100th Anniversary Observance Committee is developing
a multi-faceted program that aims to raise awareness of the organization’s
historical legacy, as well as its vision for the future. Now available for local posts
is a new interactive website – www.legion.org/centennial — for posts to start
researching, collecting, posting and sharing their unique stories and expressing
the ways in which they have helped shape their communities. The site includes
historical timelines for posts to populate, opportunities to acknowledge significant former members and participants in youth programs, and more, including tools to help members gather and present their histories.
The national committee, which consists of Legionnaires who have distinguished
themselves in their own local posts and departments, are encouraging posts,
counties, districts and departments to designate centennial committees to start
planning now for the anniversary. A resource guide, which includes examples, is
available online at www.centennial.legion.org/legacy. Questions about the program can be directed to Laura Edwards of The American Legion Magazine staff at (317) 630-1282 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The American Legion 100th Anniversary celebration kicks off Aug. 24-30, 2018, at the 100th National Convention in Minneapolis, home of the organization’s first National Convention. Centennial activities continue through the 101st National Convention Aug. 23-29, 2019, in Indianapolis, and through Veterans Day 2019. In development now are: a documentary film and DVD set, an illustrated book, a historical anthology of important American Legion contributions through its first century, a special “Gift to the Nation,” and commemorative merchandise. An American Legion 100th Anniversary Honorary Committee is led by Chairman Theodore Roosevelt IV, a Vietnam War veteran and grandson of American Legion co-founder Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. Roosevelt IV is now assembling other distinguished Americans for the honorary committee who will lend their prestige and support to the centennial, having been influenced significantly at some point in their lives by the Legion. His speech before the 95th American Legion National Convention can be found at the following link: http://www.legion.org/convention/217019/roosevelt-shares-legion-centennial-vision
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