Countdown to The American Legion’s 103rd birthday

Countdown to The American Legion’s 103rd birthday

The American Legion is turning 103 on Tuesday, March 15.

In celebration of this significant day, American Legion posts across the country hold events such as an open house at the post or a dinner with cake. Posts are encouraged to upload recaps and photos of their birthday celebrations (and other community activities) to

A103rd American Legion Birthday speech has been drafted for Legionnaires to use if needed at their events. This birthday speech is an opportunity for Legionnaires to share about the organization's history and mission, to both themselves and the community at large. The speech can be downloaded here

As The American Legion prepares to celebrate its birthday, a perfect way to celebrate is to make Buddy Checks. The American Legion’s Buddy Check program initially started for posts to conduct them twice a year — the week of American Legion Birthday and Veterans Day. Since the program has demonstrated success, posts conduct them year round.

Buddy Checks are an opportunity to ask your members and other veterans about their wellbeing and how the post can support them. To get started, download the Buddy Check Toolkit at And share your Buddy Check stories on