Pine Bluffs Post - Serving all of Eastern Laramie County since 1908

100 Years Happy Birthday American Legion


March 14, 2019

Courtesy of American Legion

National Commander - Brett P. Reistad - Office of the National Commander

Dear American Legion Post:

A century ago, The American Legion was founded by veterans who had a post-war mission. Their mission, one that continues today, was to care for veterans, provide patriotic programs for our nation's youth, advocate for a strong national defense and instill a societal pride in what it means to be American.

It is our posts, however, that people see every day. Whether your post is 100 years or 100 days old, this birthday – our 100th – is about you. The fact is that no program, no fundraising initiative and no legislative achievement of The American Legion could ever succeed without the hardworking men and women who comprise our American Legion Family.

From the drafting of the original GI Bill to the creation of the VA, The American Legion has had an unparalleled record of success.

I know that I can count on all of you to continue your dedicated service to our country and our American Legion. And if, like me, you believe the Legion will continue to accomplish great things in its second century, let's all commit to recruiting and especially renewing past members so we can continue to be a strong American Legion for a strong America.

For now, happy birthday, Legionnaires!



Brett P. Reistad, National Commander The American Legion

The American Legion was founded on March 15, 1919, at the American Club near Place de la Concorde in Paris, France, by members of the American Expeditionary Forces, and it was chartered on September 16, 1919, by the U.S. Congress.

It is dedicated to the four pillars of service and advocacy: Veterans, Defense, Youth and Americanism.

The growth of this Veteran based organization has reached all fifty states, as well as departments in: District of Columbia, France, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Phillippines. There are more than 12,500 American Legion Posts worldwide.

Membership has risen to nearly two million making it one of the largest veteran service organizations in in the United States.

It is associated with the American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the American Legion programs.

Veterans is it's first and foremost duty, as it is of Veterans, and for Veterans. It also has been instrumental in the creation of many American societys, it helped form the Department of Veteran Affairs, creation of the U. S. Flag Code, passage of the G.I. Bill just to name a few.

Service to the our Veterans is the bloodline of the American Legion. Collectively, the Posts provide annually almost four million hours of volunteer service in their communities, donate more than 80,000 pints of blood nationwide, sponsor Boy Scout programs, award scholarships totally more than four million dollars and most of all, their service officers assist more than 750,000 Veterans cases throughout the world.

We at the American Legion are the leading organization to honor, to remember, to assist our country's military sacrifices, through Honor Guard services at Fallen Veterans funerals, memorials and monuments. We are there still serving those who serve and/or have served.

Happy 100th Birthday American Legion.


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