The American Legion is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvements in the legislation process. Legionnaires' sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The legion stands not behind politics, but the issues and people that institute progress by focusing on veterans' rights and quality of life.
The American Legion's success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the community in which it thrives.
The Legion was chartered by the United States Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran's organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide. These posts are in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. The American Legion in deed is the largest veteran's organization ever with a national headquarters in Indianapolis and a second major office in Washington D.C.
For us at Greendale American Legion Post 416 in Wisconsin, our home is 6351 West Grange Avenue. We want you to visit us anytime and see us in action. Post 416 is very active with lots of great activities and programs. Join us at one of our meetings held every 3rd Thursday at 7:00PM except July and August. Public is invited.
This is our preamble:
FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES TOGETHER FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
* To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
* To maintain law and order;
* To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
* To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars;
* To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
* To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
* To make right the master of might;
* To promote peace and goodwill on earth;
* To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
* To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
Come join us and make a difference!
If you are a veteran, contact Dave Pier, 1st Vice Commander at the Greendale American Legion Post 416, and ask for a membership application. Our dues are only $40.00 a year. Call 414-421-5394.
The eligibility requirements are:
If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion.
If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving - you are eligible for membership in The American Legion!
*Because eligibility dates remain open, all active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
**U.S. Merchant Marine eligible only from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII).
Want to learn more about our history? Go to http;//www.legion.org/history.