The American Legion Charles Conklin Post #28 About Us Page

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members - men and women. In nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. The American Legion was born at a caucus of the American Expeditionary Force (A.E.F.), the result of a proposal by Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt Jr. Roosevelt's vision resulted in the founding Paris caucus of March 15-17, 1919, and subsequent organizational caucus held May 8-10, 1919, in St. Louis, MO. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.The American Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with additional offices in Washington, DC. In addition to thousands of volunteers serving in leadership and program implementation capacities in local communities to the Legion's standing national commissions and committees, the national organization has a regular full-time staff of about 300 employees.

Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion

For God and Country we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: 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.


The American Legion

The American Legion was chartered by the U.S. Congress as a patriotic, mutual-help, wartime veterans organization of the United States armed forces who served during a wartime period as defined by Congress. The American Legion was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe after World War I and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and also has offices in Washington D.C.. Charles A. Conklin The group has nearly 3 million members in over 14,000 Posts worldwide. In addition to organizing commemorative events and volunteer activities, the American Legion is active in U.S. politics. While its primary political activity is lobbying on the behalf of the interests of veterans, service members including support for veterans benefits such as pensions and the Veterans Affairs hospital system, it has also been involved in more general political issues, generally taking a conservative position. The Grand Haven American Legion Charles A. Conklin Post #28 is a active post with over 1375 members. Legion members and their guests are welcome to stop down and and visit. The Charles A. Conklin Post #28, Grand Haven, Department of Michigan - was named in honor of the first serviceman from Grand Haven to make the supreme sacrifice in World War I. He served with the Rainbow Division and died May 7, 1918 in France. The Charter was issued at National Headquarters in Indianapolis and is dated August 1, 1920. Meetings were first held in the Armory, the basement of the library, the rooms over the Kroger store, and in 1936 in the Oakes Building. The present site at 700 S. Harbor was purchased in 1937. By the spring of 1938, meetings were held in this new structure. More about Charles A. Conklin's Service