American Legion National Commander Fang A. Wong will join two past national commanders and the adjutant of the Department of New York in a weekend of honor for those who have served the nation in uniform. Wong will ride in the United War Veterans Council Veterans Day Parade in New York at 11 a.m. (EST).
Representatives of The American Legion’s National Committee on Education are exhibiting at the annual conference of the National Middle School Association in Louisville, Kentucky, to share information about Legion academic scholarships, youth programs and flag education with middle school teachers, counselors and principals from across the nation.
Responding to market research from members and non-members alike, The American Legion National Headquarters has redesigned its website. The new format strives to make it easier for visitors to find the information they are looking for and allows posts, districts and departments the ability to easily embed and share national videos.
American Legion Emblem Sales is mailing its 2012 merchandise catalog to 87,000 members of The American Legion family. Members who have placed an order with Emblem Sales during the last three years will receive a catalog. Catalogs will arrive in mailboxes during the next two weeks.
National Headquarters Baseball staff is updating the Regional Tournament Host Manual and sample contracts for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Incoming bids to host regional baseball tournaments for 2013 and 2014 will be due to National Headquarters no later than 1 February, 2012.
The Americanisim Division is mailing the Summary of Americanism Resolutions booklet and the Americanism Commission Fall Meeting Digest of Proceedings to all members of the National Americanism Commission, Americanism Council, National Committee on Education and the Counter-Subversive Activities Committee.
Legion Legislative Division Director Tim Tetz is attending a House Natural Resources subcommittee hearing today on two bills. One would direct the secretary of the Interior to install a plaque in the national World War II Memorial inscribed with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the nation on the morning of D-Day, June 6, 1944. The other piece of legislation to be discussed would authorize the Gold Star Mothers National Monument Foundation to establish a national monument in Washington, D.C.
Forty-two Legionnaires from across the nation are on Capitol Hill today visiting members of the Joint Congressional Deficit Reduction Committee from their respective home states. The Legion lobbyists are counseling lawmakers to protect Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs budgets as they seek ways to reduce government spending. Among the Legionnaires on The Hill today is Past National Commander Clarence Bacon of Maryland. He will meet with Sen. Chris Van Hollen.