The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veteran’s service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
It is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation’s veteran’s community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.
Two of the major projects the American Legion Post 128 is involved in includes:
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State: Nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country. Since the inception of the Girls State program in 1937, nearly one million young people have had the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government works. High school girls, who have completed their junior year, spend an intensive week of study, working together as self-governing citizens at Auxiliary-sponsored Girls State programs in every state (with the exception of Hawaii). In most cases, expenses associated with attending this program are paid by a sponsoring American Legion Auxiliary Unit, a local business or another community based organization. Citizens learn how to participate in the functioning of their state’s government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens. Two girls are selected from each Girls State program to attend Girls Nation, a national government training program. Girls Nation “senators” meet for a week in Washington, D.C., where they run for political office, lobby for the passage of legislation and meet with U.S. Representatives and Senators. Capping off the week of Girls Nation is often times a meeting with the President of the United States at the White House.
American Legion Boys State: One of the most respected educational programs of government instruction in our nation. It is designed to mirror the structure and operation of state governments, while imparting citizenship, leadership and character development through a non-partisan perspective. Boys State has been a program of the National Americanism Commission of The American Legion since 1935. City, county and state governments at Boys State are operated by officials duly elected and appointed to office by its “citizens.” Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, program assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs. Young men who have completed their junior year of high school and receive a recommendation from school officials are interviewed and selected by American Legion posts to attend Boys State. Costs are generally paid by a sponsoring American Legion post, local business or another community based organization. Two outstanding participants of each Boys State program are selected to attend American Legion Boys Nation in Washington D.C. Objectives are similar to Boys State, except the focus is the study of federal government.