November, 2024

Volunteer registration opens for the National Oratorical Contest

Nov 1, 2024

The American Legion is looking for volunteers to help with the 2025 National High School Oratorical Contest Finals in May in Hillsdale, Mich. Needed volunteer positions include judges, escorts, and holding room and assigned topic room monitors. The National Oratorical Contest brings more than 53 high school youth from across the country deliver a speech on the U.S. Constitution. The support of many volunteers is needed to conduct the contest, which will provide more than $203,500 in college scholarships.

Be the One Day

Nov 1, 2024

On the first day of every month, Legion Family members are encouraged to wear a Be the One item to show their commitment to reducing the stigma around mental health issues among veterans and servicemembers. And to start a conversation about what Be the One is and how to save the life of a veteran. Legion posts should also promote Be the One on the first day of every month. Visit

Election Day

Nov 5, 2024

Election Day is a time when American Legion Family members and other voters will head to the polls to uphold a constitutional right and civic responsibility. The American Legion’s Get Out the Vote program encourages all Americans to register and vote in each election, as well as for Legion Family members to be involved in the electoral process.

Marine Corps Birthday

Nov 10, 2024

Nov. 10 is the birthday of the Marine Corps, first formed as the Continental Marines in 1775 during the Revolutionary War. Here are some things you may not know about the service branch.

American Legion Auxiliary Birthday

Nov 10, 2024

Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of veterans, military and their families, both at home and abroad. 

Conduct Buddy Checks

Nov 11, 2024

Download the Buddy Check Toolkit to help you connect with Legionnaires and veterans in your community. As a way to reach out to members and former members who may need help, the National Executive Committee passed Resolution 18 during Spring Meetings in May 2019. The resolution calls for Buddy Checks to be conducted Legion-wide on the weeks of The American Legion’s birthday, March 15, and Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

Veterans Day

Nov 11, 2024

Veterans Day, Nov. 11, is the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I in 1918, and today a holiday to honor all veterans. American Legion posts, districts and departments observe Veterans Day by participating in or hosting parades, luncheons, ceremonies and more. A guideline Veterans Day speech is available for use during American Legion events honoring all military veterans. Download the Veterans Day speech.

American Education Week

Nov 18, 2024

Nov. 18-22 is American Education Week. This week is a time when all who work in public schools – teachers, administrative staff, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, substitute teachers and many others – are recognized for providing quality education and support to today's youth. The National Education Association website has ideas on ways American Legion Family members can celebrate each day.

National Family Week

Nov 24, 2024

For more than 45 years, the week of Thanksgiving has been proclaimed National Family Week. A guiding principle of The American Legion’s Children & Youth programs is maintaining the integrity of the family. Nov. 24-30 will mark this year's National Family Week where the American Legion Family is encouraged to promote and celebrate healthy families and communities.

Holiday Donor Blood Drive

Nov 28, 2024

The American Legion’s annual Holiday Blood Donor Drive is Nov. 28 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



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