Congress declared there should be a day to honor those soldiers returning from World War 1 in 1919. It was finally actually declared, and created, to be September 16th in 2009. Of course today it includes any American soldier that has served over seas during any time of war, or even during peace. There are over 3 million members in some 14,000 posts across the United States. It is a place where old friends and fellow veterans can get together to remember both the victories, and the losses they share together.
How to celebrate – Honor a veteran. Make today special for any Legions in your area. Search your families history for Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Right after World War 1 ended in 1919, the American Legion was formed to assist those soldiers returning home from war. The things they had seen, lived through and perhaps even had done themselves made the transition to peace a challenge. The Legion gave the men, and women, a place to go where they could relate to others, share experiences and return to normal with those suffering the same nightmares and horrors they has been through. Oddly, the American government did not recognize today until 2009. The American Legion has over 3 million members and 14,000 posts across the world.
How to celebrate – Support the American Legion. Thank any past or present soldier for their sacrifice. Realize that recovering from war, wounded or not, requires time.
The American Legion was formed in Paris, France on Feb. 16th, 1919. It’s charter was granted by the U.S. Congress. It’s purpose, to serve as a voice for the American soldier in Washington D.C.. Originally it was to serve the veterans of World War 1 but it has served all veterans ever since.
There are over 3 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide. It’s headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana with a large office in Washington, D.C.. You may wonder why soldiers need a voice in Congress. The sad fact is, that often after the soldiers have stopped fighting both the people, and the government, have a tendency to forget they ever existed. It’s a good thing that they didn’t forget to serve.
The Legion’s motto is; “For God and Country.” Oddly, though the organization was formed back in 1919 a day was never awarded to celebrate what the Legion does. Finally in 2009 Congress created the American Legion Day for us all to celebrate, and remember.
It is a somber day for all those that did not return from protecting our country but also a joyful day for ll those that did. We can never thank our troops enough.
How to celebrate – Thank a soldier for their service. Say a prayer for all those still serving. study all the places our troops have served, and are still serving, you might be surprised by what you find out.