U.S. military veterans from around across the country begin arriving in Phoenix next week for activities surrounding the 102nd National Convention of The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization.
“We expect nearly 7,500 members of The American Legion Family to take part in convention activities from August 27 to September 2,” said Michael E. Walton, chairman of The American Legion National Convention Commission. “We believe we can do this safely. We have encouraged all Americans to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and to socially distance and wear masks when appropriate. If an American Legion Family member or invited guest is not feeling well, is symptomatic or has been exposed to the coronavirus, we ask that they stay home.”
Blue-capped Legionnaires will be seen in Phoenix where they will be housed in a number of hotels consuming approximately 15,000 room nights as they meet in business sessions at the Phoenix Convention Center. They are expected to contribute between $10 million and $15 million to the city economy through shopping, dining and tourism during their stay.
“We are delighted to come back to Phoenix” Walton said. “Many Legionnaires have fond memories of our previous conventions held there in 1991 and 2008. Arizona is home to seven active military bases and an estimated 500,000 veterans. The state is unquestionably patriotic.”
Veterans of all six branches of the armed forces who have served in uniform anytime since December 7, 1941 or those who are currently serving, are invited to join The American Legion and participate in the convention activities. Just stop by the national headquarters offices at the Phoenix Convention Center during the convention or join online HERE .
With a current membership of nearly two million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through approximately 12,600 posts across the nation and overseas.