On March 15, 1919, The American Legion was founded in Paris France by members of the American Expeditionary Force. Over the past 100 years, The Kansas American Legion has become a preeminent community-service organization in Kansas. It has more than 40,000 family members in over 500 Kansas American Legion posts, units, and squadrons. These Legion entities promote a variety of programs that support the goals of The American Legion.
Kansas Governor Laura Kelly recognized the special role that Kansas American Legion members play in supporting Kansas veterans. Governor Kelly recently signed a proclamation designating March 15, 2019, as Kansas American Legion Day.
“We appreciate the Governor recognizing the significant contributions made by American Legion Posts as pillars in Kansas communities over the last 100 years,” Kansas Department Commander Dan Wiley said. “Kansas has a special place in the history of The American Legion. One of our favorite sons, Harry Colmery, Past National Commander from Topeka, was the author of the post-World War II G.I. Bill of Rights that lifted the standard of living for an entire generation. We look forward to another century of service positively impacting the lives of veterans and the communities in which they live.”
Kansas Department Vice Commander Chuck Shoemaker agreed. Shoemaker has participated in three signings in the Governor’s Office proclaiming the state’s gratitude for American Legion activities. “There’s a sense of pride in being associated with dedicated Legion Family members that make it happen,” Shoemaker said. “There’s little doubt that the unwavering principles of our Kansas American Legion Family will ensure continued service to the State of Kansas Veterans into the next 100 years.”