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The American Legion 102nd National Convention Highlights

(Please note speakers, times and events on this agenda are subject to change without notice)

Thursday, August 26

  • 2:45 pmLegacy Run Arrival / Closing Ceremony. American Legion Post 58, 16837 E. Parkview Ave., Fountain Hills, Ariz., 85268.
    Hundreds of American Legion Riders arrive ending a 5-day scenic ride that began in Rogers, Ark., on Aug. 22. The American Legion Riders raised funds for The American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund.

Friday, August 27, 2021

  • 9-11 am – Media Availability, National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford, By appointment only, 15-minute slots, email kchrisman@legion.org or call (317) 630-1298.
  • 1 pm – TBI/PTSD/Suicide Prevention Task Committee, Phoenix Convention Center, North Bldg., Rm. 225, 100 Level.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

  • 8:30 am – Veterans Employment & Education Commission. Issues pertaining to Veterans
    Preference, veterans education, homelessness and benefits. Sheraton Valley of the
    Sun Ballroom, C, Second Level.
  • 8:30 am – Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission. Issues pertaining to health
    administration, national cemeteries and veterans benefits. Phoenix Convention Ctr., South Bldg, Ballroom.
  • 9 am – National Security Commission, Issues pertaining to POW/MIA, foreign relations, law & order, homeland security, aerospace, conventional armed forces, military benefits & quality of life, National Guard & Reserve, unconventional forces & intelligence. Phoenix Convention Center, South Bldg., Exhibit Hall F.

Sunday, Aug. 25

  • 9 am – Veterans Employment & Education Commission. Issues pertaining to Veterans
    Preference, veterans education, homelessness and benefits. Sheraton, Encanto, Second Level.
  • 9 am – Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission. Issues pertaining to health
    administration, national cemeteries and veterans benefits. Phoenix Convention Ctr., South Bldg, Ballroom.
  • 9 am – National Security Commission, Issues pertaining to POW/MIA, foreign relations, law & order, homeland security, aerospace, conventional armed forces, military benefits & quality of life, National Guard & Reserve, unconventional forces & intelligence. Phoenix Convention Center, South Bldg., Exhibit Hall F.
  • 11 a.m. – Patriotic Memorial Service, Phoenix Convention Ctr., North Bldg., Exhibition Hall, A-E, 300 Level.

General Sessions: – Phoenix Convention Center, North Building, Exhibit Hall A-E, 300 Level

Tuesday, Aug. 31

  • 8:30 a.m. – Call to Order / Opening Ceremony
    James W. Oxford (NC)
    National Commander

    National Anthem
    Craig Morgan
    Country Music Artist and Army Veteran

  • 9:45 a.m. – Address
    Vice Admiral Yancy Lindsey, Commander
    Navy Installations Command
  • 10:05 a.m. – Address
    Bruce Crandall
    Medal of Honor recipient
  • 10:25 a.m. – Address Larry P. Arnn, President
    Hillsdale College
  • 10:40 a.m. – Chip Ganassi Racing – Fireside Chat featuring Chip Ganassi, Jimmie Johnson and Tony Kanaan.
  • 11:15 a.m. – Address
    The Honorable Denis McDonough
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • 11:35 a.m. – Distinguished Service Medal
    To: Diane Carlson Evans, Veterans Advocate and Founder,
    Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation
  • 12:30m. – Presentation The American Legion Riders present American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund donations to National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford.
  • 2:10 p.m. – National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford’s Report to Convention

Wednesday, Sept. 1

  • 9 a.m. 2021 – National Law Enforcement Officer of Year Presentation
    To: Daniel Martin
    Omaha, Neb. Police Department
    2021 National Firefighter of Year
    To: Robert Nagle ,Gallitzin, PA. Fire Department
  • 10:10 a.m. – Address
    Matt Wetenkamp,
    Veteran Suicide Prevention Coordinator, Colorado Dept of Public Health and Environment
  • 11:30 a.m. – Address
    Terry Hamby, Chairman
    WWI Centennial Commission
  • 12:30 p.m. – Philip Onderdonk Religious Liberty Award
    Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO
    First Liberty Institute
  • 12:45 p.m. – Address
    The Honorable Mark Takano, Chairman
    House Committee on Veterans Affairs

Thursday, Sept. 2

  • 8:35 a.m. – The American Legion Fourth Estate Award Presentations

  • 9:10 a.m. – Address
    The Honorable Mark Kelly
    United States Senate
  • Noon Election of New National Officers
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