Thursday, March 15, 2012

American Legion Birthday

Jim Fausone
Veteran Disability Lawyer

Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) plan an important role for veterans including re-integration, education of benefits, and camaraderie.

March 15 is the birthday of the American Legion. In 1919, the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris. March 15 is the date when the American Legion came to life. They did not form the organization out of self-interest. The bedrock of their existence would revolve around four pillars — a strong national defense, Americanism, support for veterans and mentoring our youth.

Today, the American Legion remains vital and as its Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion states:

“For God and Country, We associate ourselves together for the
following purposes:

“To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of
America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a
100 percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents
of our associations in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of
individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat
the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right
the master of might; to promote peace and good will on Earth;
to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice,
freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship
by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.”

Happy birthday Legionaries and keep up the good work.

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