As we reflect on the Centennial Anniversary of the American Legion, which recently occurred on 15 Mar 2019, we’re reminded of the reason the American Legion was formed. According to the Legion, “[t]he American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.”
To celebrate the Centennial Anniversary, Brett P. Reistad, the American Legion National Commander, sent an email to Legionnaires, where he wrote “It all started 100 years ago today when four line officers decided to start an organization to help the millions of veterans returning home from World War I.
And for 100 years, The American Legion has been an influential force in improving the lives of veterans and shaping American society. Everything we’ve accomplished is because of our Legionnaires — and your commitment to serving our veterans, our communities and our nation. Together, we’ve made amazing things happen. Thank you for being a part of The American Legion Family and what you do every day on behalf of our veterans, servicemembers and their families.
I’m very proud of our legacy. I can’t wait to see what comes next. Happy birthday, Legionnaires!”
National Commander Reistad’s email perfectly captures what the American Legion is all about, plus the impact the Legion has had on veterans. For more from National Commander Reistad, please watch the American Legion video.
Additionally, there is an informative Centennial Documentary…it’s worth watching and is just under 12 minutes long. The video is available here.
The author, US Air Force retired Brigadier General Carl Buhler, is the CEO and Lead Consultant of Buhler Consulting, LLC which specializes in providing consulting services for aircraft maintenance, technology, SBIR, supply, logistics and production. Brig Gen Buhler (ret) is a member of the American Legion.
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