American Legion

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The American Legion, "the world's largest veteran organization," was founded in March 1919 in Paris "at the first caucus by members of the American Expeditionary Force." On May 9, 1919, a "Caucus meeting in St. Louis adopts The American Legion as the organization's official name." At the same meeting, "The Legion's draft constitution is approved, and so is its preamble, which begins: 'For God and Country, we associate ourselves together. . .' The preamble, with its heartfelt dedication to freedom and democracy, is still recited today at official gatherings of The American Legion." [1]

Amending the US Constitution to outlaw flag desecration

The American Legion is probably the largest single financial supporter of the Citizens Flag Alliance and its goal of changing the constitution to outlaw flag desecration. The Burson-Marsteller firm has in the past managed this issue according to John Stauber of the Center for Media and Democracy, based on documents contained in the Center's files.




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