Memorial Day

This weekend we pause to observe Memorial Day and remember the strength and valor of the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country. It is a day that has great significance for us, given our long history of supporting the nation’s warfighters.
I am sure many of you also have traditions of observance and remembrance on this day — I encourage everyone to find a moment of reflection for those who have served and who are serving our nation.
I wish you all a safe and enjoyable holiday.
For God and Country
Sussex County Historian

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2.4 million in 14,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.

Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth. Following is a chronology of significant dates in Legion history: