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2nd DISTRICT AMERICAN LEGION

  FOR  GOD  AND   COUNTRY


The Second District encompasses the cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach and contains  14 Posts in the  District.  The 2nd District also in the Eastern Regional of the the state. The Department has 17 District and 287 Posts. The District is broken down to three Regional: Eastern, Western and Northern.


The District provides an interface between individual Posts and the Department of Virginia, and is an important part of the structure required for them to be involved in many important American Legion programs.


The Second District intended to connect Veterans and the Public and inform them of our various programs, as well as assist the posts within the district communicate and work with each other to implement those programs.  




                                   MISSION STATEMENT

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.  It is the nation's largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemen and veterans.


                The purpose of the American Legion 


The purpose of the American Legion is to serve the needs of Veterans of all wars, their widows, and dependent children.  We are also active in developing and promoting legislative activities that establish or protect the rights of Veterans.


THE AMERICAN LEGION 

On May 19, 1919 the caucus meeting in St. Louis adopted "The American Legion" as the organization's official name. The Legion's draft constitution was approved, and so was its preamble, which begins: "For God and Country, we associate ourselves together. . ." The preamble, with its heartfelt dedication to freedom and democracy, is still recited today at official gatherings of The American Legion.


The American Legion Family consists of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion and The American Legion Riders.  Our family supports our veterans, our communities and our children.




The  American  Legion  Creed


 "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 the Great 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 good will 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."



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