Cadet Capt. Jasmine Puglisi celebrates Veterans Day during a Buster Bedford American Legion Post 177 Legion Family dinner on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Photo by Joe Buglewicz/The American Legion

Continue hosting Legion Family dinners with your community

For nearly 100 years, The American Legion has served veterans, their families, communities, states and the nation. And this past Veterans Day, National Commander Denise H. Rohan called on the Legion Family nationwide to serve up the biggest and best Veterans Day dinner in history by inviting the whole community to join them at the dinner table. Although Nov. 11 has passed, Legion Family dinners can still be held in conjunction with special events. These events include the Legion’s upcoming birthday (March 15), your post’s birthday, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and more.

A Legion Family Dinner Kit is available at www.legion.org/nalpa/resources to help posts, units and squadrons promote their Legion Family dinners.

Resources in the kit include:

  • A suggested timeline for planning the event, tips on getting local sponsors involved, and a set of message points that can be presented, and localized, at the dinner or to the press.

  • Sample letters of invitation to local groups to attend and participate in the dinner, a press release, a sample media advisory, a downloadable flyer with fields for posts to provide local information, social media posts and a radio PSA.

Remember to use the hashtag #LegionFamilyDinner when promoting your event.

During the dinner, speak on the Legion's centennial efforts, your post’s history of service, current programs and vision for the future. Healthy families enjoy dinner at the same table together, and we consider the entire community to be members of The American Legion Family.