Leviticus 5:4 – Or if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these.

The American Legion, often known simply as the Corps, is a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. military veterans and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Focused on serving veterans, service members, and communities, the American Legion has grown from a group of war-weary World War I veterans to become one of the nations most powerful nonprofit groups. The American Legion was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe following World War I, later chartered as the official patriotic society of the United States by Article 36 of the U.S. Code.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization dedicated to mutual aid. In 1919, the American Legion was chartered by Congress as a patriotic, mutual-aid organization focused on providing services to veterans (regardless of whether they served in combat zones) and has since grown to become one of the United States most powerful and largest non-profit veterans organizations. Growing the membership in the newly formed American Legion was seen as critical in organizing veterans to assist the war effort. The end of the brief Spanish-American conflict in 1898 led to another ex-soldier organization, the United States Veterans of Foreign Service, known today as Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Ephesians 5:11 – And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

The fallout from two U.S. wars during the latter part of the nineteenth century saw several formations of ex-soldier organizations. By the 1950s, the growing number of local veterans funerals were of 1919 Legion post charter members, as well as of long-time members of the American Legion Auxiliary. With changes to the Constitution of the American Legion regarding acceptance of men and women who served in World War II as eligible members of the American Legion, the civilly active 282nd post, together with the civilian-active Womens Auxiliary at the post, led by Mrs. Rose Miller Parks (Dr. During 1941-1945, La Mesa Post 282 joined with all other American Legion posts and other patriotic organizations to aid the U.S. effort in the war.

The large influx of former military service members into the surrounding areas quickly made it obvious that in order to better serve the needs of veterans in the area, that a new Legion Post should be established in La Mesa. The membership and the auxiliary worked to raise funds for construction of their first Legion Hall. In May, sixteen veterans, men and women, were welcomed home to Nantucket with dinner served at the Legion Hall. In a changing world, months after September 11, the Post continued, announcing places where Nantucketers could take their worn-out, damaged American flags to get them properly retired, continuing the customary Veterans Day ceremonies, cooking and serving Thanksgiving dinners for the community, and holding a childrens Christmas party in the Legion Hall, benefiting the Nantucket Police Charitable Association.

Proverbs 18:24 – A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

The Forty-eight, the elite American veterans corps whose Forty-eights symbol was the French Boxcar from WWI, played an important role in welcoming 49 vehicles. The Forty and Eights annual contributions to the Legions Childrens Defense Fund continued through WWII. The Forty and Eight agreed to send a delegation to the National Convention of the Legion at Cleveland, Ohio, as heavily advertised as possible, in order to introduce the Forty and Eight to the nation and other legionnaires. In March of 1920, Joseph W. Breen, a member of the recently formed American Legion, and officer of the newly formed Breen-McCracken American Legion Post 297, met with fifteen other leading legionnaires in Philadelphia, where the idea for the Forty and Eight was born.

John 15:13 – Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

In late January 1919, Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., and three other officers from the U.S. Expeditionary Forces met in Paris informally to discuss their impending return, the Bolshevik Revolution and its threats to the Federal Government, as well as the necessity to create a veterans organization dedicated to helping those who had served in World War I. The disabled veteran was not a member of the American Legion, but a membership, at the suggestion of a serviceman and the post officer, realized that the fellow veteran was in need, and the membership came to his assistance. The bylaws were amended over the years to allow veterans from all of Americas wars into the membership. The Future American Legion is the nations largest service organization for wartime Veterans, committed to mentoring young people and sponsoring worthwhile programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a robust Homeland Security, and continuing devotion to our service members and Veterans.

Proverbs 27:17 – Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.

The future American Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations locally, nationally, and internationally to assist veterans and their https://www.fortyandeight.org/history-of-the-408/families during times of need, and provide opportunities for college scholarships. Continuing its longstanding tradition of advocating timely and appropriate health care for veterans, the American Legion has formed a PTS-TBI Special Ad-Hoc Committee to both review the current methods used by the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense in treating these two conditions, as well as explore potential alternatives. Today, The American Legion is calling for full reporting on all POWs and Troops Missing in Action; and has formed a select group of major veterans organizations across the country to continue pressing for additional resolution to the problem.

Instead, names from WWII, the Korean conflict, Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield, Afghanistan, and Iraq continue to be added to memorials on Nantucket, and the Veterans Plaque next to the City & County Building, and the ranks of The American Legion are being updated. Instead, the American Legion works to propagate the ideology of Americanism and acts as a lobbying organization on behalf of issues important to veterans, focusing in particular on winning the Soldier Bonus Payment from the Government and alleviating unemployment, which many soldiers returned.

Proverbs 17:17 – A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.