On March 15, 1919, the first Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force of the First World War, convened in Paris. This culminated in Congress granting the Legion a federal charter that September. Today there are 14,000 Posts in the US and 3 other countries that are open to all wartime veterans who have honorably served.
The four main activity areas or pillars of the Legion are veteran’s affairs & rehabilitation, Americanism, national security & foreign relations and children & youth. The Legion wrote the original draft of the GI Bill and was instrumental in the creation of the forerunner of the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Legion continues to provide national as well as state legislative input.
Here in Blanco, American Legion Memorial Highway Post 352 was chartered in 1937 by WWI veterans. Returning WWII veterans built the present Post hall at 803 13th Street. Out of the many programs that the Legion has structured, Post 352 is able to send high school juniors to a week long civics course called Boys State as well as to the first level of the Constitutional Speech Scholarship Contest. Individual veterans are given advice on securing their benefits.
The Legion – 95 candles on the cake. Post 352 – 76 candles on the cake. As far as Post 352 future is concerned, the Post would like to organize a Sons of the Legion squadron and a Legion Riders motorcycle chapter. We hope to sponsor a junior air rifle shooting program but first we need to find a new meeting place within a year. We meet on the 4th Thursday at 6:30pm. For more information call 830-833-5211 or see www.legion.org.