Our Goals

We the American Legion Family of Post 174 have set “Our Goals” very high.We believe in not only giving back to our Veterans who we all know deserve it but also to our Community, State, and Nation.

Our Story

The American Legion, Inc., is a U.S. wartime veterans organization formed in Paris, on March 15, 1919, by three officers of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF)[1] The American Legion was chartered by the U.S. Congress on September 16, 1919. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and has a legislative office in Washington, D.C.[2] The Legion played the leading role in the drafting and passing of the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, otherwise known as, the “GI Bill.”

In addition to organizing commemorative events, volunteer veterans operating through The American Legion support activities and provide assistance at Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics. The Legion is active in issue-oriented United States politics. Its primary political activity is lobbying on behalf of interests of veterans and service members, including support for veterans benefits such as pensions and the Veterans Health Administration. The veterans organization has also historically promoted “Americanism”.

Americanism

Americanism is a set of the United States patriotic values aimed at creating a collective American identity, and can be defined as “an articulation of the nation’s rightful place in the world, a set of traditions, a political language, and a cultural style imbued with political meaning”.[1] According to the American Legion, a U.S. veterans’ organization, Americanism is an ideology, or belief in devotion, loyalty, or allegiance to the United States of America, or to its flag, traditions, customs,culture, symbols, institutions, or form of government.[2] In the words of Theodore Roosevelt, “Americanism is a question of spirit, conviction, and purpose, not of creed or birthplace.”[3]

Americanism has two different meanings. It can refer to the defining characteristics of the United States and can also signify loyalty to the United States and a defense of American political ideals. These ideals include, but are not limited to self-government, equal opportunity, freedom of speech, and a belief in progress. This collection of ideals that forms the modern ideology of Americanism holds an enduring appeal to people from lands throughout the globe.

Eligibility

The American Legion Act S-504 has finally been passed and signed by the President

Veterans who served at least one day of active duty as of 12/7/1941 to present date, or are serving now, are potentially eligible for membership in The American Legion. Members must have been honorably discharged or still serving honorably. Merchant Marines who served from December 7, 1941, to December 31, 1946, are also eligible.[3]

World War I veterans were also eligible during their lifetimes; the last American World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, died in 2011.

War or conflict From To
World War I April 6, 1917 November 11, 1918