777 North Meridian Street. On Oct. 6, during Fall Meetings, American Legion National Commander Paul E. Dillard unveiled a new Indiana Historical Marker Bureau sign in front of the rebuilt original permanent national headquarters of The American Legion, which has been transformed into a high-tech “one-stop shop” to provide multiple services for Hoosier veterans and their families.
After national American Legion operations moved into its bigger building on the plaza at 700 North Pennsylvania Street in 1950, the American Legion’s Department of Indiana and American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters were based at the 777 building. The structure was placed on the National Historic Landmarks Registry in 1994 and continued to serve as home to the Indiana American Legion’s state office until 2014.
Training on NEF and Mission Blue Post Assistance. American Legion National Headquarters staff presented training on the National Emergency Fund program and the Mission Blue Post Assistance program during Training Tuesday last month. Listen to the presentation and view the PowerPoint slides on legion.org/training/training-tuesdays.
Training Tuesday sessions are held monthly on the last Tuesday at 7 p.m. Eastern.
American Legion Boys State. “Boys State,” the award-winning documentary which took viewers inside the 2018 Texas Boys State program, won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special Sept. 12 during the 2021 Creative Arts Emmys.
“Boys State,” directed and produced by Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss, won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in January 2020. The film is available on Apple TV+.
Children’s Organ Transplant Association. For 30 years, the American Legion Family has supported the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) through grants, fundraising efforts and donations that have totaled more than $1.5 million. These funds have ensured that the mission of COTA is met, which is to provide financial assistance to families across the country whose child or young adult needs a life-saving organ, bone marrow or stem cell transplant.
COTA honored the efforts of the American Legion Family – The American Legion, Sons of The American Legion, American Legion Riders and American Legion Auxiliary – with its 2021 George Taliaferro Miracle Makers of the Year award on Sept.11, at COTA’s seventh annual Miracle Makers Celebration event in downtown Indianapolis.