A new documentary detailing the 91-year history of The American Legion has just been released and is currently available through the organization's Web site and Emblem Sales division.
"History of The American Legion: A National Legacy" was produced by Blackhorse Productions, a California-based company that specializes in military documentaries. Narrated by actor Neal McDonough ("Band of Brothers"), the movie traces the World War I roots of The American Legion and follows its history from its founding through its support for the military during the global war on terrorism.
"The American Legion has been the leading voice for veterans and the military since 1919," Legion National Commander Clarence Hill said. "While many people know that The American Legion played a pivotal role in the creation of the GI Bill, they don't necessarily know the fascinating history behind it. From the elevation of the VA to cabinet-status to the administration of some of the most successful youth programs in the country, The American Legion has too many noteworthy accomplishments for me to mention here. I am pleased that we now have a DVD that brings the illustrious history of The American Legion to life. This would make a great gift for any Legionnaire and a great educational tool for the general public."
The National Executive Committee passed Resolution 6 during its October 2008 meetings, which authorized The American Legion to cooperate with Blackhorse Productions in the creation of the documentary. The project was completed at no cost to The American Legion, with a portion of the sales proceeds being allocated to The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund, Child Welfare Foundation and National Emergency Fund.
"Preserving history and teaching viewers about the contributions and sacrifices made by our veterans is a passion for Blackhorse Productions," said Jason Heit, Blackhorse's executive producer and CEO. "We were extremely excited to not just tell the great story of The American Legion, but to include the American Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders."
The DVDs cost $19.95 each and are available online or by calling (888) 453-4466.