Rep. Deborah L. Halvorson, D-Ill., introduced House Resolution 679 on July 24, calling on Americans to observe American Legion Day on Sept. 16. The resolution has been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Halvorson said she came up with the idea for American Legion Day when she heard that the organization's 91st anniversary was coming up. "I thought we should do something to recognize all of the work being done by the Legion for the community and for veterans," she said. "The Legion has a very long and distinguished history of being at the forefront of veterans advocacy. I want to spread some awareness about that and recognize its importance."
In a July 28 letter to Halvorson, American Legion National Commander David K. Rehbein wrote, "On behalf of the 2.6 million members of The American Legion, I humbly thank you for introducing H. Res. 679, a resolution that recognizes Sept. 16 annually as The American Legion Day.
"The American Legion Day would serve as a national day of observance of the goals and ideals of this federally chartered, wartime veterans service organization. Millions of people whose lives have been touched by The American Legion could celebrate with appropriate programs and activities to recognize the long history of steadfast and patriotic service to the community, state and nation. Veterans still serving America."
Halvorson said H. Res. 679 had 26 co-sponsors as of July 29 and encourages American Legion members to call their representatives and ask for their support on the measure. "At home, The American Legion is so active in making sure that the quality of care being offered to our veterans in both VA facilities and at state veterans homes is top-notch - that's important work."
"I'm also so very impressed by all of the programs The American Legion participates in throughout the country, such as the Family Support Network, disaster assistance and promotion of American values," Halvorson said.