The American Legion was founded in 1919 in Paris, France, at the close of World War I. The organization now includes veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon/Grenada periods, Operation Just Cause in Panama, Desert Storm, Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Global War On Terror.
The American Legion, since its founding, has endeavored to assist veterans, their widows and children, and their fellow citizens. The North Carolina American Legion, with over 40,000 paid members, are proud to carry on this tradition. We invite you to join us and help support Americas Veterans.
MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILTY in the American Legion is based on honorable service with the U. S. Armed Forces between:
-(April 6, 1917 -November 11, 1918) World War I
-(December 7, 1941 – December 31, 1946) World War II
-(June 25, 1950 – January 31, 1955) Korean War
-(February 28, 1961 – May 7, 1975) Vietnam War
-(August 24, 1982 – July 31,1984) Lebanon/Grenada
-(December 20, 1989 – January 31, 1990) Operation Just Cause
-(August 2, 1990 – Today)* Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Because eligibility dates remain open, all members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
Must have served at least one day of active military duty during one of the dates below and honorably discharged or still serving honorably.
For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
- to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America
- To maintain law and order
- To foster and perpetuate a 100- percent Americanism;
- To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars
- To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation
- To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
- To promote peace and good will on earth
- To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy