WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) recently joined a bipartisan group of senators in introducing legislation to honor the 100th anniversary of the American Legion. The group was led by U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.). The legislation would create a variety of commemorative coins to mark the centennial of the organization which would be available for purchase in 2019.
“The American Legion has had an incredible impact on the lives of generations of veterans who have served our nation,” said Sen. Moran. “Throughout its history, the organization has advocated for the priorities of veterans, securing passage of landmark legislation such as the G.I. Bill, which was drafted by former National Commander and Kansan Harry Colmery in 1944. Veterans who serve other veterans are to be cherished – I am pleased to sponsor commemorative legislation that will honor the 100 years of service of the American Legion.”
The American Legion was originally chartered by Congress in September of 1919. The Legion has been instrumental in providing support, programs and advocacy for our nation’s veterans, including influential work to help secure the passage of the G.I. Bill. Proceeds from the sale of the commemorative coins will go toward supporting the organization's programs and efforts to continue their work on behalf of our nation’s veterans and their families.
"The American Legion is honored that the Congress of the United States introduced legislation to commemorate The American Legion's century of selfless service and great fidelity to our Nation,” said American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt. “Since 1919, The American Legion has been committed to defending the Constitution, remembering our fallen, and promoting American values. This coin will memorialize the legacy of millions of veterans across the generations.”