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National Convention & Meetings


Where Legionnaires Convene Everything T e American Legion does in the course of the year comes together at the


national convention. Held in a different major city each year at the end of August, the convention brings more than 10,000 Legionnaires and their families from all of the Legion’s 55 departments. T e successes of the last year are celebrated and plans for another year are laid out. At the end of the convention, a new national commander is elected and sworn into offi ce. Dignitaries from government, the military, business and entertainment address convention delegates. Awards are presented to individuals, organizations and companies for their service, patriotism and support of Legion values. A parade showcases T e American Legion Family to loved ones and locals alike. Convention delegates alone have the authority to approve changes to the Legion’s constitution and bylaws and can also pass national resolutions. When they are not conducting the organization’s business, delegates and their families enjoy the at ractions of the host city. T e American Legion Convention Commission provides leadership in the decision-


making process to determine host cities, activities and programs of the national convention. T e division staff also coordinates other national meetings, including the yearly Spring and Fall Meetings at National Headquarters in Indianapolis, where Legion commissions and commit ees meet and consider resolutions for adoption.


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Future National Convention Cities  Indianapolis (2012)  Houston (2013)  Charlotte (2014)  Baltimore (2015)  Cincinnati (2016)


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Contact:  dholmes@legion.org


Links  www.legion.org/convention


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