Army Historical Foundation (AHF) staff members will meet with thousands of visitors at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion national conventions this summer, sharing the latest information about the Nation Museum of the United States Army project and promoting the Army Museum Brick and Veterans’ Hall programs.
“Exhibiting at the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion conventions provides direct contact with patriotic groups of people who share the value of preserving Army history,” said Richard Couture, AHF’s Deputy Executive Director for Donor Marketing. “The commemorative bricks should be attractive to all who have a Soldier in their life, and the Veterans’ Hall program will appeal to chapters and posts as a way to be recognized prominently in the Museum.”
Approximately 11,000 VFW and Ladies Auxiliary members, employees, and sponsors are expected to attend their five-day, city-wide national convention in Louisville, Ky. from July 20-24.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) traces its roots back to the Spanish-American War and the Philippine Insurrection when veterans founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. These organizations became known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and by 1936 their membership was almost 200,000. The VFW was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, and most recently, creating a GI bill for the 21st Century.
Every year, the 1.9 million VFW and Auxiliary members contribute over eight million hours of volunteerism in their communities and provide over $3 million in college scholarships and savings bonds to students.
The American Legion is holding its 95th national convention in Houston, Texas, August 23-29. Over 9,000 American Legion family members are expected to attend the convention in an effort to help further their cause of patriotism and support for servicemen and women, past and present.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans’ organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. The nation’s largest Veterans Service Organization, the American Legion advocates patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans, and committed to mentoring the sponsorship of youth programs in our communities. The American Legion currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.
“I hope those attending either of these conventions will stop by our booth,” Couture encouraged. “We enjoy meeting Museum supporters in person and appreciate the opportunity to say ‘thank you’ and share the latest Museum news.”