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A virtual session of the 57th annual National Membership Workshop will now be held Aug. 3-6. The theme this year is “Growing a Post.”

Restrictions and uncertainties related to the global COVID-19 pandemic forced The American Legion National Headquarters to cancel summer events and programs, including the annual National Membership Workshop held in Indianapolis in August.

This virtual National Membership Workshop is open to anyone; it is not specifically geared around any one position at the post as the goal is to provide a broader knowledge of the organization at the post level.

The workshop will be hosted live through Microsoft Teams. National Headquarters staff will be the presenters and moderators.

Click Here for schedule and links to attend

All times are Eastern. Links will not be active until 15 prior to each training session.

Monday, Aug. 3

4-5 p.m.: Introduction to The American Legion

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7-8 p.m.: Develop a mission and vision

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Tuesday, Aug. 4

4-5 p.m.: Build an effective membership team

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7-8 p.m.: Recruitment of volunteers

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Wednesday, Aug. 5

4-5 p.m.: Membership retention

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7-8 p.m.: Every Legionnaire is a recruiter

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Thursday, Aug. 6

4-5 p.m.: Define a great post

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7-8 p.m.: MyLegion.org

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Because a topic of discussion is a brief introduction about The American Legion, Legion Family members are encouraged to take The American Legion’s free online Basic Training Course if you have not already completed it. The course covers five topics: history and organization; Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation; National Security; Americanism; and Children & Youth.

Take the course at www.legion.org/training.

That Other Virus

By James W. “Bill” Oxford

There is a virus in America that could cause more long-term destruction than COVID-19. Just as the novel coronavirus can quickly devastate a healthy body this other virus threatens lives, neighborhoods and infrastructures. No person or place is truly safe. It can embed itself inside a peaceful protest and turn it into a nightmare of violent rioting and retribution. It turns Americans against Americans.

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This virus is called anarchy.

Perhaps no one should be more concerned about this virus than those who justly fight for civil rights and equality. Their cause has been hijacked. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor receive only occasional mentions on the evening news while footage of statue-toppling, tear gas and batons dominates. One network’s description of a live event will usually have the opposite perspective of another network. Division is a symptom of this virus and its cancer has reached a stage unseen since the Civil War. The patient is quickly approaching stage 4.

At our 1962 National Convention, American Legion delegates defined “Americanism” in such an eloquent manner that we still adhere to it. It stated that the essence of Americanism is class, religious and racial tolerance.  Written as if it were a vaccine against our current anarchy virus, it further states “law and order are essential to the preservation of Americanism while lawlessness and violence are distinctly un-American.”

That’s worth repeating. “Lawlessness and violence are distinctly un-American.”  Peaceful protests against racism are just, admirable and constitutionally protected. It’s ok if protests make people feel uncomfortable. A good protest is supposed to do that. But many people feel unsafe. This is what distinguishes protestors from anarchists and rioters.

Whether generated from the extreme left or the extreme right, the cracked skulls and burning buildings don’t care. They are damaged, sometimes permanently.

Instead of fighting this virus like good scientists, public officials are failing us. People are being killed while local, state and federal agencies fight over jurisdiction. Add partisan politics to the growing list of symptoms.

Most police officers are brave and honorable. Some are not and those who abuse their positions should be held accountable. In the fog of a riot, it is sometimes difficult for officers to distinguish between a peaceful protestor and a violent anarchist. Again, police officers who commit crimes should be prosecuted. Same with a brick-throwing anarchist.

Federal agents are charged with enforcing federal law and protecting federal property.  State and local law enforcement officers have parallel responsibilities in their respective areas. Mayors, governors and the federal government must work as one when it comes to public safety. Agencies at every level must collaborate.  People are dying. The enemy is not each other. It’s the violent anarchist. Unity is the cure.

James W. “Bill” Oxford is national commander of The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization, www.legion.org.

Media Contact: John Raughter, jraughter@legion.org, (317) 630-1350

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.

National Legacy Ride Fundraiser https://www.legion.org/riders/legacyrun/donation
For additional information Click Here for the Legion Riders page.

American Legion Daily News Clips from National HQ           

By Mark C. Seavey mseavey@legion.org (and/or) William A. Proffet, WProffet@legion.org

Good morning, Legionnaires and veterans advocates, it’s Friday, July 31, 2020.

This weekend in American Legion history:

  • Aug. 1, 2009: Provisions of the Post 9/11 GI Bill are enacted under the administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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  • Aug. 2, 1990: The American Legion, for the first time in its history, sues the U.S. government. The Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America file lawsuit on the same day in U.S. District Court against the federal government for failing to complete a congressionally mandated study into effects of Agent Orange exposure on veterans. The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Human Services and the Center for Disease Control are named in the case. At this point, more than 36,000 veterans have filed claims contending that the toxic defoliant caused medical diseases for them and birth defects among their children.

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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