The American Legion is this country’s largest veterans organization. I would like to present a brief history and overview in this article, as we remember the fallen of this nation’s wars this Memorial Day.
Theodore Roosevelt Jr., son of President Theodore Roosevelt, first had the idea of a veterans organization talking to a wounded sergeant in an army hospital in France during World War I. Because of the unprecedented scale of death and horrendous injuries suffered by those serving in the war, millions of soldiers and their family members would need some type of medical, financial or educational aid. With few governmental or private resources available, Roosevelt felt those who had served in the military during this war would be a vast resource of support for those affected, including the wounded, the widows and orphans of the dead.