The American Legion has served wartime veterans through promoting patriotism, military service, national security, and dedication to current service members and vets alike. The organization celebrates its birthday on March 15, 1919. The is the day the organization, known as the American Expeditionary Force at the time, organized the first meeting in Paris, France.
The American Legion will celebrate it’s 101st birthday on Monday, March 15, 2021.
How To Celebrate The American Legion Birthday
The Legion itself holds events nationwide to celebrate its birthday. Some are public, some are private, but all focus on the organization’s mission, core values, plus recognizing both volunteers and those they help.
These events promote the Legion’s advocacy for veterans, patriotism, and what the Legion describes as “Americanism.”
The birthday celebrations across the nation have included unique events involving whole communities. Some have lasted as long as a full week. The American Legion 20th birthday in 1939 featured a forty-pound cake, featuring two pounds for each year of Legion history.
Another party in 1957 lasted a full week and included dances and a play production held at the local American Legion post in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. When it came time to celebrate the 93rd birthday, the American Legion official site says the American Legion Amateur Radio Club ran a special radio station commemorating the anniversary.