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Home News 101st National Convention in Indianapolis begins Friday

101st National Convention in Indianapolis begins Friday

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The 101st National Convention of The American Legion in Indianapolis gets underway Friday, Aug. 23, with community activities, meetings, workshops, training sessions, distinguished guests, speakers and more, and concludes Aug. 29 with the election of a new national commander.

For a schedule of events, tour opportunities and more visit www.legion.org/convention/resources.

A few activities held during convention include:

• American Legion community service project – Friday, Aug. 23

• Color Guard contests – Friday, Aug. 23

• Band contests – Saturday, Aug. 24

• Legion Family Night with the Colts – Saturday, Aug. 24

• Legion Family Night at Victory Field where Indianapolis Indians take on the Louisville Bats – Saturday, Aug. 24 (National Commander Brett Reistad will throw out the first pitch)

• National convention parade – Sunday, Aug. 25

• Centennial Film Festival – Monday, Aug. 26

• Legion Family Night with WNBA Fever Basketball at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – Tuesday, Aug. 27

The following workshops and conferences will be held in conjunction with the convention:

Indianapolis Military Hiring Fair – Thursday, Aug. 22

Subject Matter Expert Training – Saturday, Aug. 24, and Monday, Aug. 26

Digital Media Training Workshop – Monday, Aug. 26

National Credentialing Summit – Wednesday, Aug. 28 and Thursday, Aug. 29

Other convention news:

• The U.S. Mint will be selling American Legion centennial coins in the Exhibit Hall at the Indiana Convention Center.

• The American Legion’s traveling GI Bill exhibit is on display in the rotunda at the Indiana State Capitol, 200 W. Washington Street.

• A naturalization ceremony and voter registration will be conducted with 100 new citizens – Tuesday, Aug. 27

Stay updated with what’s happening at The American Legion’s biggest annual gathering by following online at www.legion.org, on Facebook and on Twitter.

The Legion’s National Convention mobile app is also available for download, free of charge, from the Apple Store or Google Play. Click here to access it. The app includes maps, information from meeting times to registration and shuttle hours, social media links, a guide to Indianapolis and more. It will continue to be updated with information, headlines and alerts throughout the convention. If you still have last year’s app on your phone, you can simply update it for 2019.


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