THE AMERICAN LEGION

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About the American Legion

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.


The American Legion
Preamble to the Constitution


To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; To maintain law and order; To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars; To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; To make right the master of might; To promote peace and goodwill on earth; To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.


About the American Legion Erie County Committee

The American Legion Erie County Committee is part of the Department of NY District 8 with our office located in Buffalo, NY. Erie County currently has thirty nine (39) active posts, with locations that run from Tonawanda, NY North, to Springville, NY South; and from Akron, NY East to Buffalo, NY West. The Erie County Legion membership maintains the highest voting power in NY State for state Conventions and is very active in the community. We sponsor annual scholarships, service awards and special activities, as well as remain very active with veteran's services and veteran's holiday ceremonies.


                                   About the Other Branches of the American Legion Family

The Sons of the American Legion:  Founded in 1932, the Sons honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires.  There are more than 355,000 members in the United States.  Members include males whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership.


Local Point of Contact: 

Timothy S. Van Patten                                                                                                                                            

8075 County Rd. E. Amherst, NY  14051

PH:  (716)258-2137   E-mail:  tsvp2@aol.com


The American Legion Auxiliary:  As the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world, the Auxiliary’s membership is around 800,000.  With 9000 units in the United States, members are fiercely dedicated to serving, helping and meeting the needs of veterans, their families and their communities.


Local Point of Contact: 

Rosemary O'Connell

299 Linden Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216

PH:  (716)867-5516   E-mail:  roeroe629@aol.com


Legion Riders:  With more than 2000 chapters, Legion Riders have helped raise more than $10 million for the Legacy Scholarship Fund.  The Riders also perform a number of services for Legion – supported causes and provide support at military funerals.  Participants must be members of the Legion, Auxiliary or Sons.


Local Point of Contact: 

Paul Pedersen

240 Hamlin Ave.

PH:  (716)687-1589