Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts
Showing posts with label birthday. Show all posts

Friday, March 11, 2011

92 YEARS

92 years of 'For God and Country'
The American Legion - March 11, 2011

March 15 is the designated birthday of The American Legion. On that date in 1919, the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris. Much as the birthday of the United States is celebrated on July 4 - the date in 1776 when patriots declared the independence of the British colonies and the spirit of America was born - March 15 is the date when The American Legion came to life.
A guidelined speech for the Legion’s birthday, drafted by the Public Relations staff at National Headquarters, is now available here. The staff drafts these speeches for various events and patriotic holidays as a template for Legionnaires to use to go out into their communities and talk about what The American Legion is all about. They are not meant to be recited verbatim; members are encouraged to amend them in whatever way best fits their situation.

Many posts throw special Legion birthday parties. Click here for descriptions of some of these. All posts are encouraged to upload stories and photos of their birthday celebrations and other activities to the blog Legiontown USA. By creating an account, members can highlight the good their posts do every day, and see the good other posts across the country are doing.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

AMERICAN LEGION BIRTHDAY


MARCH 15-17, 2010 is American Legion birthday.

Another year of service to veterans and their families has passed and as always, our American Legion is as strong as ever. We still have many potential members who have never been asked that simple question: "Do you belong to The American Legion?" Have you asked anyone lately? Do you carry an application blank in your billfold? Be prepared.

Our national commander Clarence Hill believes in using all the tools available to get the information out about The American Legion and its programs. Commander Hill's web site is http://clarencehill.legion.org. The newly designed national web site is http://legion.org. From there, you can view The American Legion on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, flickr, LinkedIn and MySpace.

Most everything is done on computers these days and we must try to keep pace with the latest technology as well. There is a movement under way to allow a member to pay his/her annual membership dues online. How it will work I don't know, but it is in the works. Membership is recorded and tracked online as well as program reports, etc. 

Video is also becoming part of our latest communication tools. Our world is constantly changing and our younger veterans have grown up computer literate; now that is the best way to communicate and let them know about our great programs for them and their families.