December, 2023

Holiday Donor Blood Drive

Dec 1, 2023

The American Legion’s annual Holiday Blood Donor Drive is Nov. 23 through Dec. 31. During this time, American Legion Family members are encouraged to give blood and host blood drives as part of the American Legion Blood Donor Program – an organizational effort that has existed since 1946 to help a lifesaving cause. Learn more at

More than 92,000 units collected by posts during 2021-22 membership year, the biggest in 15 years.

Pearl Harbor Day (1941)

Dec 7, 2023

American Legion Family members remember and honor the 2,403 Americans who were killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on Dec. 7, 1941. The attack led to the United States declaring war on Japan and thus entering World War II. Each elected American Legion national commander visits Pearl Harbor on Pearl Harbor Day to pay respect.

Training Tuesday: Resolutions

Dec 19, 2023

Dec. 19, 2023 - 7 p.m. Eastern. This Training Tuesday session on resolutions will discuss how they are vital to the Legion's mission. Resolutions help The American Legion develop programs, allocate funding and resources to assist veterans, and target Congress on important issues that affect our veterans and their families. Register for the free training here.

Space Force Birthday

Dec 20, 2023

On Dec. 20, 2019, the U.S. Space Force – the newest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces – was officially instituted with the signing of legislation by President Donald Trump. Here are some facts about Space Force.

Post All-Time High Award

Dec 31, 2023

This certificate is awarded to posts that have enrolled an advance membership for the year about to start equaling or surpassing the post’s previous all-time high membership by Dec. 31 of that year.

Post Honor Ribbon

Dec 31, 2023

Honor ribbons are awarded to posts whose membership for the current membership year (as of Dec. 31) achieves an advance membership (for the year about to begin) equal to or greater than the final membership for the year ending. Certification forms must be submitted to the Membership Division by Jan. 31. The application is in the National Membership Awards Program Manual.

General John J. Pershing Honor Award

Dec 31, 2023

This plaque is awarded annually to the department with the greatest percentage of posts receiving the Post Honor Ribbon for achieving 100% or more of their previous year’s membership enrolled for the coming year by Dec. 31, and having reported the achievement to National Headquarters no later than Jan. 31. See the National Membership Awards Points Manual for more information.


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