Eight things to know about Legiontown

Eight things to know about Legiontown

What is Legiontown? The national Legiontown website is for American Legion Family members to share stories about their post activities, honor and remembrance stories, and much more. It debuted in 2009 as a way to “increase the visibility and local activities of posts in communities throughout the United States and even overseas.” Several years ago, as the quantity and quality of user-generated content expanded, Legiontown grew to include additional categories from which members could publish content.

How can I contribute? Go to Legiontown.org and click “Share Your Story.” From there you can select one of approximately 30 categories that fits your story topic. That will bring you to a form where you will fill in the headline, story and other information. Photo uploads are encouraged.

I don’t see a category that fits my story. What do I do? We’ve got that covered with the “Other” category.

Why do I need to give you my email address? There are times when an editor may want to contact you for more information about the item, or consider it for coverage in national media. We won’t publish your email address.

I created my story but I don’t see it on the website. Why isn’t it automatically posted? Every item is reviewed by at least one editor, then sent to the national judge advocate for legal review. Once it receives approval, it will be published on Legion.org.

What’s the benefit to me or my post of submitting an item? The visitation to the Legiontown website grows every year and your content will be seen by other Legion Family members around the nation and beyond. Additionally, editors review the material and consider each item for placement in national media, including The American Legion Magazine, legion.org and/or an e-newsletter. While a small percentage of stories submitted via Legiontown end up in the magazine, there are occasions when it does happen.

What else do I need to know about submitting a story, video or photo? Please review our Teams of Service for specifics.

What has been the most successful, or popular, category? A few years ago, National Headquarters invited readers to share their stories of “Basic Training Memories.” The number of submissions quickly surpassed all other categories. Frankly, we stopped counting when we received more than 1,000 in less than a year.