Incorporated 15 May 1919

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Attention Riders!! Ohio Legacy Run Postponed!

The Ohio Legacy Run scheduled for August 14-16, 2020 has been postponed.

The Ohio Legacy Run has been rescheduled for June 11th, 12th and 13th 2021 hosted by Canton Post 44.

If you have made Hotel Reservation, please ensure you call to cancel those reservations.

The freedom which we have been given to assemble and speak out in an orderly manner saddens me that citizens took the measures they did by using the most sensitive of matters, the killing and death of George Floyd, and many others, to cause destruction and looting of businesses, as well as defacing the war monuments in our communities.  Violence begets violence.  It is not the answer and only adds to the problem.

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We wish peace to our Black Community that consistently endures these experiences, for far too long.

I commend those who assembled in a peaceful manner and properly exercised their rights. We must come together just as it was done when Dr. Martin Luther King would march and rally to recognize justice and equality for the Black Community.  There are members of our organization who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who faced racism amongst the ranks of their military experiences, during peace and war. We need to address this “dis-ease” that affects so many. We as veterans and Legionnaires can make a difference.  The American Legion Department of Ohio stands with our Black Communities, our Black members, and veterans of all race, gender, and age. Let’s use the basic tools and principles as outlined within our Four Pillars to bring hope, justice, and peace to everyone. Let’s show our citizens what The American Legion stands for and to advocate to correct the systems that bring injustice to defeat this “dis-ease.”

For God and Country,

Roger Friend, Commander

Department Update:  June 29, 2020

Below are the updates from Governor DeWine’s press conference. The next press conference is currently scheduled for Tuesday, June 30th.

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Here’s the news from today:

  • Ohio’s COVID-19 case data is below:
    • 44,221 confirmed cases
    • 3,430 probable cases
    • 47,651 total cases
    • 7,502 hospitalizations
    • 2,530 confirmed deaths
    • 242 probable deaths
    • 2,772 total deaths
    • 1,897 ICU admissions
    • More data is available on the COVID-19 Dashboard HERE.
  • Governor DeWine invited President and CEO of UC Health Richard P. Lofgren, MD, MPH, FACP to give an update on the status of COVID-19 in Hamilton County and the surrounding areas. The effective reproductive ratio, also known as R naught, measures how many people will be infected by a sick individual. The R naught had reached 2.4 in that region in April. In recent weeks, the R naught had declined to below one. However, in the last 10 days, the R naught has doubled over the last 10 days in the Cincinnati region.

  • Lofgren explained that the increase in cases is not only due to the tests being performed, but the increase shows there is a greater presence of the COVID-19 in the area, and it is spreading in the community. He said it serves as a reminder about the importance of wearing a mask in public, washing your hands, sanitizing frequently touched surfaces, and keeping social distance.
  • Governor DeWine announced today that the Ohio Department of Health will continue funding for the valuable 2-1-1 service as Ohio enters into the next phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. 2-1-1 is a phone service that connects thousands of Ohioans to local non-profit and government services for healthcare, food and meals, housing, transportation, mental health, and legal services. At the beginning of the year, the service was available in 51 of Ohio’s 88 counties.  When the pandemic began, Ohio EMA asked Ohio AIRS, the non-profit that governs Ohio 2-1-1, to provide service to the remaining 37 counties in Ohio, which happened in March. Ohioans can also dial 877-721-8476 to get connected to 2-1-1.
  • Attached are details for the pop-up testing sites operating June 29th through July 2nd.
  • For the week ending June 20, 2020, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) reported 34,553 initial jobless claims to the U.S. Department of Labor. Over the last 14 weeks, ODJFS has distributed more than $4.4 billion in unemployment compensation payments to more than 716,000 claimants. Of the more than 1 million applications the agency has received, about 94% have been processed, with less than 6% pending. Pursuant to an order from the U.S. Department of Labor, Ohio will release unemployment numbers on a weekly basis when the national report is released on Thursday.
  • Ohioans can apply for unemployment benefits online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at It is also possible to file by phone at 877-644-6562 or TTY at 888- 642-8203, Monday through Friday 7AM to 7PM, Saturday 9AM to 5PM, and Sunday 9AM to 1PM. Employers with questions should email


As always, Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Department of Health hotline, 1-833-4-ASK-ODH are great resources for those who have questions.

2020 Department Convention Cancelled

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The Department Executive Committee voted unanimously to cancel the 2020 Department Convention due to impossibility and impracticableness

due to COVID-19 and forced restrictions. 


The 2021 Department Convention is scheduled for July 8th – 11th in Independence, Ohio!

Thank you 13th District for hosting!

The American Legion to Washington:  ‘Extend the National Guard!’          

(INDIANAPOLIS—May 20, 2020) – The head of the nation’s largest veterans organization called on the White House to extend federal orders to thousands of members of the National Guard whose current deployment in coronavirus relief efforts falls one-day short of the 90-day period required to obtain many benefits including home loans, education and retirement. Click Here to Read More

American Legion Daily News Clips from National HQ           

By Mark C. Seavey

Good morning Legionnaires and veterans advocates, today is Tuesday, July 14, 2020, which is National Mac & Cheese Day, Pandemonium Day, National Tape Measure Day and Shark Awareness Day.

The rest of this week in Legion History:

  • July 16, 1927: The initial 213 acres of what would become The American Legion and People’s State Forest in the Pleasant Valley area of Connecticut are donated to the state by the organization. Legionnaires of the First World War make the donation to demonstrate from their experiences in Europe the proper way to manage a forest.
  • July 16, 1952: The Veterans Adjustment Act is signed into law as a readjustment benefits package for those who served in the U.S. Armed Forces during the Korean War. The 52-20 unemployment benefit is reduced to $26 for 26 weeks, rather than $20 a week for 52 weeks, as provided under the original GI Bill. Funds are also no longer dispersed directly to institutions but are paid to individual veterans at a flat rate of $110 per month, to cover tuition, fees, books and living expenses while they are at college.

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  • July 17, 1925: The idea of American Legion Baseball originates in Millbank, S.D. Sioux Falls attorney and South Dakota American Legion Department Commander Frank G. McCormick invites Maj. John L. Griffith to speak at the department convention. At the time, Griffith is commissioner of the Western Conference (later the Big Ten). He speaks to Legionnaires about the importance of athletics in the development of youth. That leads to the establishment of the first American Legion Baseball teams that summer in South Dakota. The idea spreads quickly across the nation, and a resolution at the 1925 national convention in Omaha in October makes it a national program, set to begin in 1926.
  • July 18, 1944: Past American Legion Department of France and Paris Post 1 Commander George Aubrey is shot and killed by Nazi soldiers, during World War II German occupation of Paris, while on patrol with fighters of the French Resistance.
  • July 18, 1979: Long promoted by The American Legion, National POW/MIA Recognition Day is accepted, to be recognized annually on the third Friday of September. The day of commemoration aims to honor the commitment and sacrifices made by this nation’s prisoners of war and those still missing in action, as well as their families.
  • July 19, 1918: Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., is shot through the right leg with a machine gun during battle near Soissons, France.  He is evacuated in the sidecar of a motorcycle before catching an automobile ride to a Paris apartment where his wife, Eleanor, a YMCA wartime volunteer, is staying. Roosevelt, Jr. tells his wife he wants no medical care. He asks for a bath, a hot meal and a quart of champagne. Against his wishes and at his wife’s insistence, a surgeon arrives and, certain the wound will infect and force amputation, he transports Roosevelt, Jr. to a hospital and cuts an 8-inch incision behind his knee to clean it. Roosevelt, Jr., would limp for the rest of his life, having lost all feeling in his heel.   According to “The American Legion Story,” (1919) by George S. Wheat, Roosevelt, Jr. met a Sgt. William Patterson, who was also recovering from a leg wound at Base Hospital No. 2 in France. According to this account, Roosevelt, Jr. explained that Sgt. Patterson said he wanted nothing more than to return to the front and fight with his unit. Patterson told Roosevelt, Jr., that his longer-term plan was to “go home and start a veterans’ association for the good of the country” after the war. Soon after he was released from the hospital, according to Wheat’s history, Sgt. Patterson is killed in action.

Preamble to the Constitution: 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 one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all 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 democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

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