AMERICAN LEGION CELEBRATES 100TH ANNIVERSARY; Congressional Record Vol. 165, No. 48
(Extensions of Remarks - March 18, 2019)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E316]
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                             HON. PAUL COOK

                             of california

                    in the house of representatives

                         Monday, March 18, 2019

  Mr. COOK. Madam Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 100th 
anniversary of the American Legion. The Legion was first chartered on 
September 16, 1919 to serve as a patriotic veteran's organization.
  One of the oldest veteran non-profit organizations, the American 
Legion also stands as the nation's largest wartime Veterans Service 
Organization. The Legion is devoted to supporting service members, 
veterans, communities, and families. In its 100 years of existence, the 
Legion has made remarkable strides in advancing the cause of our 
veterans and service members through legislative accomplishments like 
the GI Bill, Flag Code, and the creation of the U.S. Veterans Bureau, a 
forerunner of the Veterans Administration. The Legion is also active in 
our local communities, with programs like Operation Comfort Warriors, 
Boys State, and the American Legion Baseball. Since its charter, the 
American Legion has made it their mission to mentor youth, advocate for 
patriotism and honor, and promote strong national security and a 
continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.
  I applaud the Legion for passing the century mark in their never-
ending quest to improve the lives of service members and veterans. I'm 
proud to be a member of such an excellent organization, and I wish them 
another 100 years of excellence.