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Remembrance


T e Importance of Remembrance T e preamble to T e American Legion Constitution includes among the organization’s


core purposes “to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars.” Remembrance of those who have answered their nation’s call, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifi ce, is one of the Legion’s highest values. T e American Legion’s Overseas Graves Decoration Trust Fund, for instance, provides free fl ags for


graves at U.S. military cemeteries in Europe under the American Bat le Monuments Commission’s administration. T e Legion is a vigilant supporter of Arlington National Cemetery, Get ysburg National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the Mojave Desert Cross, and dozens of other sites around the world. T e American Overseas Memorial Day Association, which ensures that no U.S. war grave in a foreign country is forgot en on Memorial Day, was created by Legionnaires. T e Legion also works to keep veterans memorials in public view, despite eff orts by legal activists who see religious symbols as unconstitutional. In 2011, American Legion honor guards helped offi ciate and provide comfort for families at more


than 110,000 funerals, memorial ceremonies and special events nationwide, while the Legion’s Legacy Ride raised more than $640,000 to provide college educations for the children of U.S. military personnel who have lost their lives on active duty since 9/11.


Program highlights


 American Legion Riders and Patriot Guard members provide motorcycle escorts and privacy protection for families at military funerals.


 The Legion has fi led friend-of-the court briefs to prevent the removal of crosses from veterans memorials at Mount Soledad, Calif., and in the Mojave Desert.


 The American Legion has worked with DoD to improve performance and oversight at Arlington National Cemetery after appalling problems, including missing grave markers, were identifi ed there.


 The American Legion Overseas Graves Decoration Trust Fund provides approximately 20,000 new U.S. fl ags each year for graves at American Battle Monuments Commission cemeteries.


Contact  var@legion.org


Connections  www.legion.org/library for news, photos and videos about the Legion’s role in remembrance


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