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Category Archives: National

U.S. Flag Alert Notification

This year Americans are observing both Peace Officers Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day on Saturday, May 15th. Peace Officers Memorial Day gives honor to peace officers who have died, or who have been disabled, in the line of duty. Armed Forces Day pays tribute to the men and women serving in our nation’s military. The U.S. Flag Code is a codification of rules and customs pertaining to the display of the flag of the United States for use by civilians or civilian groups/organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations promulgated by executive departments of the government of the United States. In accordance with U.S.C. Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7(m) of the U.S. Flag Code, the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day unless that day is also Armed Forces Day. The American Legion encourages Americans to display the flag of the United States on May 15, 2021, to honor the patriotic service of the United States military, while also pausing with bowed head to give remembrance to those peace officers and their families having made the ultimate sacrifice.

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2021 Race to the Top Results

Congratulations to Johnny Castro and Bruce Carl for placing 1st in their categories and to Dennis Mallon for placing 2nd in his category.  We appreciate your hard work and dedication!

From National: The Race-to-the-Top competition has concluded. The first place winners in each category will receive a trip to the 2021 national convention along with their guest.  Second place winners will receive a $500 check for their efforts and third place winners will receive a check for $375.  We would like to congratulate the following district commanders on a job well done.

Category I

  • 1st     James M. Defrehn (SC)         137.32%
  • 2nd   James J. DeWyze (UT)           111.92%
  • 3rd     David G. Jelin (UT)                 109.95%

Category II

  • 1st     James R. Gibson (SC)            109.11%
  • 2nd Eugene S. Ironshell, Jr. (SD)    108.79%
  • 3rd  -No Submission-

Category III

  • 1st     Johnny D. Castro (FL)                113.49%
  • 2nd  -No Submission-
  • 3rd  -No Submission-

Category IV

  • 1st     Bruce Carl (FL)                         106.18%
  • 2nd  -No Submission-
  • 3rd  -No Submission-

Category V

  • 1st   Stephen N. Foster (OH)          103.79%
  • 2nd  Dennis L. Mallon (FL)               103.24%
  • 3rd     -No Submission-
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Department Adjutant Position Available

The American Legion Department of Indiana currently has a position available for a Department Adjutant. We offer competitive pay and benefits for the right candidate and will be accepting applications until June 15th, 2021. Please send your resume to The American Legion Department of Indiana, 5440 Herbert Lord Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46216.

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LEGION REPORTS

Department Membership Summary
Post Membership Summary


SAL REPORTS

Detachment Membership Summary – Not yet available
Squadron Membership Summary – Not yet available

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The American Legion Calls for Expediting Visas for Afghan Interpreters

WASHINGTON (April 29, 2021) – Stating that “time is of the greatest essence,” American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford wrote to President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken and called on the administration to speed up the processing of visa applications for interpreters who assisted U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Oxford explained that he sent the letters because of the dire consequences that interpreters face. “A Michigan Legionnaire who served in Afghanistan described the situation in stark terms. Interpreters who are discovered by the Taliban will be swiftly beheaded. The unlucky ones will have to watch their families die first,” he said. “While we welcome an end to these endless wars, we must never abandon the brave Afghan and Iraqi allies who took great personal risk to assist our military with its missions. We must not leave them behind. They have earned safe passage to America.”

Oxford directed his Washington staff to work with the Biden administration on the best way to fix what has been described by Brown University as a “slow and inefficient” processing program that takes over two years. In his letters to Biden and Blinken, Oxford noted that Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) recipients “go through the strictest vetting and approval process of any category of person coming to the U.S. already, but we must balance security concerns with a commitment to those who fought alongside us.”

The American Legion foresaw this issue in 2018 when its National Executive Committee unanimously passed Resolution No. 16, which called for Congress and the president to recognize Afghan and Iraqi SIV recipients who “stood shoulder to shoulder” with U.S. troops and diplomats.

Oxford further promised that “The American Legion will not let this go. Military equipment is being removed from Afghanistan right now. But people are our greatest asset. We urge every American to contact their congressional delegations and insist that they prioritize the protection of our heroic allies and their families.”

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Flag at full-staff

It is reported that former Vice President Walter Mondale’s funeral services are being scheduled for September. Flags at the White House and U.S. Capitol have been returned to full-staff.

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The American Legion to Shelby, N.C.: ‘Play Ball!’

The American Legion World Series to be held as originally scheduled

INDIANAPOLIS (April 26, 2021) –  The head of the nation’s largest veterans organization announced that The American Legion World Series will be played in Shelby, N.C., August 12-17. The eight-team championship tournament is returning after the premier baseball event was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“As a former American Legion Baseball coach, I am extremely excited about the return of this fantastic event,” American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford said. “With the availability of vaccines and additional data showing that young people participating in outdoor activities represent a low risk for spread of the virus, we feel that we can conduct a safe world series. This is a very different environment than what we faced last year. Many of us eagerly await the umpire’s welcoming words of ‘play ball!’”

Though final details are still being considered, officials at national headquarters plan to conduct American Legion Boys Nation at Marymount University and the American Legion 3-Position Air Rifle Junior Shooting Sports National Championships in Colorado Springs as originally scheduled. The American Legion will observe Center for Disease Control guidelines and local and state public health mandates for all of its national programs.

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The American Legion Mourns Passing of Walter Mondale

former Vice President Walter F. Mondale

Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale

(INDIANAPOLIS—April 20, 2021) – American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford issued the following statement today concerning the passing of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale:

“America lost a distinguished statesman and a respected public servant. Vice President Mondale was an Army veteran and a Legionnaire. He was admired by many for the civility and grace that he brought to politics. Our condolences to his family and those who knew him best in his home state of Minnesota.”

As a presidential candidate in 1984, Mondale addressed delegates at the 66th National Convention of The American Legion. “I say that when it comes to our nation’s security, there are no Democrats or Republicans or Independents, only Americans,” he told The American Legion.

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Flag at half-staff

In accordance with Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7(m) of the U.S. Flag Code, the United States flag is to be displayed at half-staff from day of death to interment to honor the life of former U.S. Vice President Walter Mondale, who passed away on April 19, 2021.

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Flag at half-staff

The president of the United States has issued a proclamation for display of the United States flag at half-staff until sunset on April 20, 2021, as a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless act of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2021, in Indianapolis.

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