100th Anniversary

It’s a celebration!

The American Legion Centennial Celebration is not only about honoring the past 100 years of our history, but also preparing to continue our legacy of service. Events and activities at posts all around the world will showcase The American Legion “Still Serving America.”
1919 Timeline

March 15-17

Members of the American Expeditionary Force convene in Paris for the first American Legion caucus.

May 8-10

St. Louis Caucus. “The American Legion” is adopted as the organization’s official name. The Legion’s draft preamble and constitution are approved.

June 9

The National Executive Committee adopts the Legion emblem.

Sept. 16

Congress charters The American Legion.

Nov. 10-12

First Legion convention convenes in Minneapolis. The Constitution and preamble are adopted. Delegates vote 361-323 to locate the Legion’s national headquarters in Indianapolis, instead of Washington. A Resolution was adopted supporting the Boy Scouts of America as its first youth program.

For more detail on the timeline history, check out National’s Centennial Page.

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how are you celebrating?

We would love to hear from you what your post is doing to celebrate The Legion’s Centennial Birthday. Use the form below with your information. Please be sure to include your post number and city. Thank you!


  1. Our post started the 100 Year Celebration with a Salute to Veterans opening home football game on August 31. Vets & partner were admitted free and stood on the goal line while our Color Guard raised the flag while the National anthem played, finishing with a real cannon firing! On September 9 we held a chicken & sweet corn feed for the community with free will contribution, we fed 150! We are working on other events through the year to culminate on June 1919 our actual charter date! – Terry Greenfield, Commander

    Story City American Legion Post #59

  2. Post 298 in Marion has repainted and prepared an Eternal Flame obelisk that currently has a 50 year Legion Anniversary plaque to add a 100th year plaque. (May 28th, 2018)

    Placed a float in our annual Swamp Fox Parade with youth champions on it. (September 29th, 2018)

    Repaired and painted a flag pole base in a local cemetery that was constructed by and a donation of Post 298. (October 18th, 2018)

  3. On the evening of 8 November, Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly of Marion proclaimed 2019 as American Legion Centennial Year. Mayor AbouAssaly presented the proclamation to Post 298 Commander, Tom Thompson.


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