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The American Legion Will Hold Its 100th National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota from Aug. 24 to Aug. 30


More than 10,000 members of The American Legion and their families are
expected to attend.

Notable speakers at the convention include:

  • Secretary Robert Wilkie, Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Rep. Mark Takano, vice ranking member, House Committee on Veterans'
  • Sen. Elizabeth Dole
  • Sen. Johnny Isakson, chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans
    Affairs (invited)
  • Sen. Jon Tester, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans
    Affairs (invited)
  • Rep. Phil Roe, M.D., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans'
    Affairs (invited)
  • Rep. Tim Walz, ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans'
  • Mr. Stuart Parker, CEO of USAA
  • Mr. Theodore Roosevelt, IV, Chair, 100th Anniversary
  • Diane Carlson Evans. Co-founder, Vietnam Women's Memorial
  • Jamie Corkish, Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Valdice Nicholas, VP, NBC News
  • Susan Eisenhower, The Eisenhower Group
  • Mr. Walter Marm, Jr., Medal of Honor recipient
  • Melissa Stockwell, U.S. Army veteran and two-time Paralympian
  • Sen. Amy Klobuchar (invited)
  • Sen. Tina Smith (invited)
  • Rep. Keith Ellison (invited)
  • Gov. Mark Dayton, Governor of Minnesota
  • The Honorable Jacob Frey, Mayor of Minneapolis
  • Gen. John H. Kelly, White House Chief of Staff (invited)
  • Vice President Mike Pence

Events include:

  • Aug. 23: American Legion Riders (motorcycle enthusiasts) finish 1,000
    mi ride; 520 riders arrive.
  • Aug. 24: Color guard competition
  • Aug. 24: Volunteer community
    outreach project
  • Aug. 24: Women-owned
    business conference
  • Aug. 24: American Legion night at the Minnesota Vikings
  • Aug. 24: (9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.) Interview availability with National
    Commander Denise Rohan
  • Aug. 25: Band competition
  • Aug. 25: Blood
  • Aug. 25: American Legion night at the Minnesota
  • Aug. 26: American Legion parade through downtown Minneapolis (5th
    St. to 12th and Nicollet) from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Aug. 27: Translating military skills into civilian careers
    (credentialing) seminar
  • Aug. 27: Veteran employment innovation task force conference
  • Aug. 27: Elizabeth Dole Foundation caregiver seminar
  • Aug. 28: Hiring
    our Heroes Job Fair
  • Aug. 28: General Session I
  • Aug. 28: Veteran Employment Workshops
  • Aug. 29: General Session II
  • Aug. 30: General Session III

MEDIA CREDENTIALING: Interested media should register with Ms.
Doris Grooms at
or (202) 491-0195 to obtain credentials. The American Legion media
center, located at the Minneapolis Convention Center Room L100, Sections
F&G, Lower Level, will be open starting Saturday, Aug. 25 from 8 a.m. to
Thursday, Aug. 30 at 4 p.m.

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic
veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers
and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans
of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the
United States. Today, membership stands at 2 million Legionnaires in
more than 12,000 posts worldwide. We are America's largest veteran
service organization and are dedicated to defending veterans rights and

100th National Convention guide here.

Convention app info is here.

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