Welcome to District 29, Orange County, CA
The American Legion Department of California
REVISED Date: Department Oratorical contest February 29, 2019
AREA 5 MEETING - WEEKEND EVENTS 3/20-3/22
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members, and communities. The Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit, apolitical groups in the United States. Today, membership stands at over 1.7 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one for each of the 50 states, along with District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines. Over the years, The American Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans, and produced many important programs for children and youth.
The most recent notable acts by The American Legion in the past couple of years include:
LEGION Act - July 30, 2019, President Trump signed a bill that declares the United States has been in a state of war since Dec. 7, 1941. The American Legion sought the declaration as a way to honor approximately 1,600 U.S. servicemembers who were killed or wounded during previously undeclared periods of war. The LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved In Opportunities for National Service Act) also opens the door for approximately 6 million veterans to access American Legion programs and benefits for which they previously had not been eligible.
The LEGION Act changes the Preamble of the Constitution of The American Legion.
For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
To maintain law and order;
To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in all wars;
To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
To make right the master of might;
To promote peace and goodwill on earth;
To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
District 29 of The American Legion Department of California comprises all of Orange County, California and is one of the five districts that comprise Area 5. The other districts are: Riverside County District 21, San Diego County District 22, San Bernardino County District 25, and Imperial County District 30. Twenty-six posts comprise the 29th district and has a membership of over eight thousand members.