2018 American Legion convention: What you need to know

Eric Dehm
August 17, 2018 - 9:57 am

DOD Photo by Staff Sgt. Jocelyn Ford, USAF

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Every year, the American Legion convention brings Legionnaires from posts around the country together to elect new leadership, share knowledge, and have a good time. 2018's convention, the 100th held by the VSO, takes place from August 24-30 in Minneapolis.

There's a lot going on during the week-long celebration of the Legion, here are some of the highlights:

Legacy Run 2018

This actually begins before the convention, with 520 motorcycles heading out from Hutchinson, Kansas on August 19 and traveling 1,000 miles before arriving in the Minneapolis area on August 23. The riders will take part in wreath layings, visit eight Legion posts, and take a visit to the Indian Motorcycles manufacturing facility in Spirit Lake, Iowa. 

Centennial Film Festival

Sons Of The Legion, Paramount Pictures, 1938

Featuring a mixture of new and old movies that have one thing in common: They all involve the Legion. From the new documentary "Hello Girls" featuring current National Commander Denise Rohan, to 4 classics from the 30s featuring Legionnaires as the heroes the festival is a must for film buffs. As a side note, it would appear 1938 was the year of the Legion in Hollywood as all four of the classic films were released that year.

Digital Media Workshop

Photo by Lucas Carter courtesy of American Legion

If you want to get a better handle on digital media, the event on August 27 is a must to attend. Whether you're looking to improve your website management, e-newsletter marketing, or social media best practices, the Legion is bringing in experts that will be able to help the Legion posts and Legionnaires increase their digital footprint. 

Women-owned Small Business Conference

Photo Courtesy American Legion

Women are the fastest growing segment of the military and veteran communities, they're also starting their own businesses at a greater rate than their male counterparts. Considering the Legion is the first of the major VSOs to have a female National Commander (Denise Rohan, pictured above) it should come as no surprise that women's issues are featured at their national convention. This one-day event on August 24 for women vets and spouses is a partnership between the Legion and several groups to include Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Syracuse University, Foresight CFO and the U.S. Small Business Administration. The event will cover a wide range of topics surrounding entrepreneurship including funding, branding, conceptualization and more.

That's merely the tip of the iceberg of everything going on at the convention. There's also a blood drive, outings to baseball and hockey games, and training and informational gatherings among the full slate of events and activities that will culminate with the election of a new National Commander to lead the organization through their 100th year. You can find out more about the items and events on the Legion's convention webpage.

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