National commander helps Delaware’s American Legion mark 100 years

DOVER — American Legion National Commander Brett P. Reistad spent three days visiting several Legion posts throughout Delaware, Legislative Hall, the Air Mobility Command Center at Dover Air Force Base, with many other stops scattered in between, last Thursday through Saturday.

It was all a part of the American Legion, Department of Delaware’s 100th anniversary celebration. The milestone anniversary’s mantra is “Legacy and Vision” – both a celebration of past accomplishments and a renewal of the organization’s resolve to serve communities, states and the nation for a second century.

The American Legion was founded by veterans who had a post-war mission. Their mission, one that continues today, was to care for veterans, provide patriotic programs for the nation’s youth, advocate for a strong national defense and instill a societal pride in what it means to be American. Commander Reistad’s visit to Delaware was highlighted by an American Legion Centennial Celebration at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino on Saturday evening where he served as the keynote speaker.

More than 250 Delaware Legionnaires and family and friends gathered at the event to celebrate the legacy of the American Legion in its first century of service to our nation’s veterans and our communities, state and nation.

Commander Reistad said that no program, fundraising initiative and legislative achievement of The American Legion could ever succeed without the hardworking men and women who comprise the American Legion family. From the drafting of the original GI Bill to the creation of the VA, the American Legion has had a lasting record of success.


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