The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.
The American Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with additional offices in Washington, DC. In addition to thousands of volunteers serving in leadership and program implementation capacities in local communities to the Legion's standing national commissions and committees, the national organization has a regular full-time staff of about 300 employees.
The Department of Virginia American Legion was also formed in 1919, with 91 local Posts with several thousand members. Today the Department of Virginia is comprised of 17 Districts containing 212 Posts with a total membership of over 33,500 Legionnaires.
The Department of Virginia American Legion headquarters website contains a variety of useful information about upcoming events, our Department leadership, and links to all American Legion posts in Virginia.
In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation’s veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens.
Gadsby's Tavern is a famous landmark in Alexandria, Virginia and the oldest Post home in The American Legion. Consisting of a Tavern (1785), a City Tavern and Hotel (1792), and a hotel wing (1878), the Tavern was a center for social business and economic life in early Alexandria, and is known by many for its association with our nation's early leaders.
Additional Post 24 History is available on the American Legion Post 24 Centennial Website.
American Legion Buddy Checks are making differences in the lives of veterans stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alexandria, Va., Post 24 Adjutant James Glassman conducted a special buddy check birthday surprise for World War II veteran H. Warden Foley, a 73-year member of The American Legion. Members of the post prepared in advance for this Buddy Check, preparing cards and gifts, including a quilt from Quilts of Honor.
Past Post 24 Commander Jim Glassman welcomes Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter to American Legion Post 24 in Old Town. The Historic Post 24 hosted a private dinner for the Afghanistan veteran August 26, 2013 after President Barack Obama presented Carter with the nation’s highest military honor during a White House ceremony earlier in the day.
The photo shows Past Commander Jim Glassman with Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, taken by Post 24 Legionnaire John Napolitano on August 26, 2013.
Read the Article in the Alexandria Gazette Packet written by Unit 24 Auxiliary member Jeanne Theismann.
SSG Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient was hosted by Post 24 at a private reception on 21 July 2014 after he was awarded the Medal of Honor earlier in the day at the White House. You can read about his heroics at https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/pitts/profile/
Pictured from left to right are Past National Commander Dan Dellinger, SSG Pitts, Past Post 24 Commander Jim Glassman, Past Department Commander Gerald Rhoads, and Past Department Adjutant Dale Chapman.
Alexandria Gazette, March 21, 2019
Alexandria Police Officer Sean Gallagher and Alexandria Sheriff’s Office Master Deputy Jeffrey Hunter were honored as the 2018 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year on March 13 by the American Legion Post 24 in Old Town. The public safety veterans were recognized for their service to the community as part of the American Legion’s Homeland Security Support Program.
Read the Article in the Alexandria Gazette Packet, written by Unit 24 Auxiliary member, Jeanne Theismann.
Sunday, November 11, 2018 marked the centennial, now celebrated as Veterans Day, with a ceremony and plaque unveiling at the ballroom of the American Legion Post #24 (400 Cameron St.).
See full article and photographs by The Zebra Community News.