Recent News & Updates

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Commander’s Birthday Wish

100th Birthday Wishes Our personal birthdays are very important to us and our families. A birthday signifies our beginning and the joy of life. Every human on earth has been given a chance to further their own unique mission. This momentous occasion cannot be...

First Commander of The Department of Iowa

Mathew Adrian Tinley: First Commander of The American Legion Department of Iowa By Roger Norfolk Mathew Adrian Tinley, physician and surgeon, retired Lieutenant General and Commander of the 34th Infantry Division and the first Commander of the Iowa Department of the...

Centennial Proclamation Ceremony and Coins

Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Legislature will be acting on a proclamation celebrating the centennial of The American Legion and recognizing the period of March 15 through September 16, 1919 as the period of formation of The American Legion in Iowa. Legion family...

Happy 100th Birthday American Legion

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...

US Mint Coin

Set to go on sale March 14, coinciding with The American Legion's 100th birthday, the silver dollar pays tribute to the organization's Paris founding. The coin's heads side, or obverse, is designed by Paul Balan and features the American Legion emblem surrounded by...

2019 Spring District Conference Schedule

District Spring Conferences District Date Location 1st District April 6, 2019 Meeting: Veterans Hall 300 West Monroe St Mt. Pleasant, IA 52641 Hospitality: Veterans Hall | Friday, 6-8 PM Hotel: AmericInn 319-450-0311 (Ask for Legion rate) 2nd District April 13, 2019...

2019 Fifth Grade Flag Essay Winners

2019 Flag Essay Winners  First Place: Sherry Tang - Bettendorf, Iowa - Le Claire American Legion Post #347 What the Flag Means to Me When I look at the flag, I see hope. The hope that I held in my hands as I flew to this great nation. When I arrived from my old home,...

National Commander Visits Iowa

National Commander Brett Reistad will be visiting Iowa briefly April 16-17, 2019. The Commander will be visiting Cummings Post #562, The Gold Star Museum at Camp Dodge, Five Brothers Museum in Waterloo, Hawkeye Tech College Post #738, and Eldora Post #182. 16 April...

2019 Department Oratorical Contest

Three outstanding contestants gave their all during the Department of Iowa's Oratorical Final held the last day of Mid-Winter. Patrick Junker was chosen as the Department's Champion. Patrick is sponsored by Van Meter American Legion Post #403 and will represent Iowa...