Membership eligibility in  The American Legion is determined by Congress through the establishment  of specific dates of declared hostilities in which U.S. military  personnel were activated. Since its founding in 1919, membership in The  American Legion has been open to veterans of World War I, World War II,  Korean War, Vietnam War, Lebanon/Grenada, Panama and Gulf War/War on  Terrorism.
There are at least 12 known combat operations that  required an activated military personnel, such as the Cold War, Libyan  Conflict and Persian Gulf Conflicts, and resulted in about 1,600 U.S.  military men and women casualties. However, because these operations are  unrecognized by the U.S. government as a period of war, those who  served during these time frames are not eligible for membership in The American Legion.
The  American Legion’s National Executive Committee passed a resolution  during its annual Fall Meetings in Indianapolis Oct. 17 to change that.
Resolution  No. 1, "Unrecognized armed hostilities recognition," calls on Congress  to declare that the United States has been continuously engaged in a  state of war from December 7, 1941 to present, and for Congress to  direct the Department of Veterans Affairs to qualify a wartime veteran  as any military service personnel who served honorably under Title 10  for at least one day from December 7, 1941 to present.
Following the  passing of Resolution No. 1, the NEC adopted Resolution No. 2,  "Unrecognized armed hostilities membership date change," which will  change membership dates for The American Legion. This resolution will  only be put in motion once the actions of Resolution No. 1 are approved  by Congress. Once approved, membership in The American Legion will be  open to the following war periods: April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918, and  Dec. 7, 1941 to the date of cessation of armed hostilities as determined  by the U.S. government.
The American Legion believes that membership  in the organization should be extended to all U.S. military personnel  who served on active duty during the hostile events that are not seen as a period of war. If customers can’t find it, it doesn’t exist. Clearly list and describe the services you offer. Also, be sure to showcase a premium service.

Essay Contest Grades 9-12

The  Department of Pennsylvania State Essay First Place Winner will be  awarded a $3500 scholarship, a plaque and a trip to this years PA  American Legion Convention in July to read the winning essay to the  assembled delegates.

The Second Place Winner will receive a $3000 scholarship and a plaque.

The Third Place Winner will receive a $2500 scholarship and a plaque.

Grades 9 – 12 Topic–“How would our founding fathers respect the American Flag today?

Oratorical Contest

The  contest will consist of two parts (A) An 8 – 10 minute, memorized  oration will be given on some phase of the United States Constitution.  (B) A 3 – 5 minute oration on one of the four “assigned topics” assigned  by National Headquarters.

The contestant may not use any notes  or prompts when giving their oration. A minimum of five (5) judges will  judge all contests, grading independently. Local and county contest can  be judged by a minimum of three (3) judges.

The tabulators will  tabulate scores of the judges and apply any penalties as directed by  the Chairman of the contest. The Chairman will verify the result and  announce the winners.


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The VFW now has a US Flag drop off container on the Mulberry St side of the building.
So if your flag has seen better days, now you know where you can take it.

Flag drops are also located at Robinson and Moon Township Municipal Buildings.