What the American Legion is about
October 3, 2008 · Updated 1:29 AM
This Is Who We Are
We are all veterans of some distant war and because of that, for
God and country, we associated 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 association 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 goodwill on earth;
to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and
This Is What We Do
The American Legion annually lobbies in Congress to maintain
current rights and benefits for all veterans, stands at the forefront in the
on-going effort to protect "Old Glory" from desecration, provides the
Veterans Hospital with new equipment as is possible, provides assistance to
all veterans when needed, sponsors Boy Scouts of America, sponsors
Boys State, sponsors oratorical contests, supports education, supports
Special Olympics, supports American Legion baseball and Sno-Valley North
Little League Baseball, provides memorial ceremonies at the Novelty Hill and
the Carnation cemeteries annually, provides scholarships through the
"Need a Lift" educational program and
supports many various programs in support of children and youth.
This Is What Is Happening
All of the World War I veterans have gone on to the jurisdiction of
the greatest commander of us all. World War II veterans are joining their
World War I comrades at the rate of 1,500 per day. The biggest share of
Korean veterans have reached or gone by their 65th birthday.
For the American Legion to continue being successful in all the
things they do, it needs veterans from later military conflicts to take an
interest and commit themselves to their country. The struggle to maintain our
freedoms and rights does not take place only on the field of battle. The
struggle continues on a daily basis whether there is military conflict or not.
Fellow veterans, you may feel that you have done your share and
your work is done. It would be nice if that were true, but there will never be
a time when we can just relax and stack our arms. Guns are just replaced
by words and deeds.
You can join the American Legion by calling (425) 788-6672. If no
one is at the phone, leave your name and phone number on the recorder.
Your call will be returned.
DAVE BELLIN, Adjutant
Carnation Post No. 199