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National Convention & Meetings


Where Legionnaires Convene Each August, more than 10,000 Legionnaires and their families, representing all 55 departments,


gather in a major U.S. city to conduct meetings, conferences, symposiums and employment events, and to hear from top national speakers, take fi eld trips to military and VA facilities, see exhibits, march in a major national parade and generally enjoy the camaraderie of membership. T is is T e American Legion national convention. T e convention off ers the opportunity for Legionnaires to honor youth-program champions, including


the American Legion Baseball Player of the Year, Boys Nation president, Oratorical Contest winner, Eagle Scout of the Year and Junior Shooting Sports champs. Awards are given to individuals, organizations and companies that have demonstrated patriotism and support for veterans, the military and youth. Convention delegates have authority to approve national resolutions, as well as to amend the


Legion’s constitution and adopt by-laws. At the close of each convention, a new national commander is elected and sworn into offi ce for a one-year term. T e American Legion Convention Commission provides leadership in the decision-making process


to determine host cities, activities and programs for national conventions. Convention activities, from meeting times to host-city at ractions, can be found at the Legion’s website, on Facebook and in the form of a mobile app.


Future national convention cities  Houston (2013)  Charlotte, N.C. (2014)  Baltimore (2015)  Cincinnati (2016)  Louisville, Ky. (2017)  Minneapolis (2018)  Indianapolis (2019)


Contact  conv@legion.org


Connections  www.legion.org/convention


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