American Legion recognizes 2020 department oratorical contest winners
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American Legion recognizes 2020 department oratorical contest winners

The decision to cancel The American Legion's 83rd National Oratorical Contest, which was scheduled for April 17-19 in Indianapolis, was made last month following the outbreak of the coronavirus. The cancellation followed recommendations issued by local, state and federal authorities to reduce the growing number of coronavirus cases with a stay-at-home order.

The American Legion is recognizing the 48 high school students for their efforts of speaking on the U.S. Constitution and winning their respective American Legion post, district and state-level Oratorical Contest to earn a spot at the national level. Of the state winners, eight would have been returning from 2019 – California, Delaware, France, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Vermont.

Click here to see a list of the department winners.