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American Legion celebrates a century of service
Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer is shown with American Legion members Charles Sellens, left, Department Master-at-Arms; and Dan Wiley, right, Department Commander. The photo was taken at the Dodge City Days Parade.

Governor Jeff Colyer has proclaimed Sunday, Sept. 16, as The American Legion Day.

The National American Legion was chartered by the U.S. Congress on Sept. 16, 1919, as a wartime veterans organization. The American Legion principals are based on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth.

The Kansas American Legion has become a preeminent community-service organization with more than 42,000 family members currently supporting the four pillars. Kansas Legion family members provide benefits for Kansas’ veterans, active duty service members, their families, and the youth of America.

American Legion posts are organizing special events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Legion.  These events will provide opportunities for citizens to recognize Kansas Legionnaires for their many contributions to their communities and the State of Kansas.

Governor Colyer is among those patriotic citizens who want to recognize and honor veterans. He has expressed his support for Kansas Legionnaires by proclaiming Sept. 16, 2018, as The American Legion Day. 

Kansas American Legion Department Commander Dan Wiley is actively encouraging Legion posts to organize 100th anniversary observation events. “Millions of Legionnaires have promoted American Legion ideals and principals over the past 100 years,” Wiley said. “I appreciate Governor Colyer proclaiming Sept. 16, 2018 as The American Legion Day to honor the efforts of those American patriots.”