We honor and thank the brave
Men and Women of the Armed
Services.
Preamble to the Constitution of The American
Legion:      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 one hundred 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
make right the master of might; to promote peace and
goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity
the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to
consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our
devotion to mutual helpfulness.
Effective Tuesday (July 30, 2019) President Trump signed a bill that declares the
United States has been in a state of war since December 7, 1941. With this legislation
signed, the American Legion’s eligibility criteria changes from seven war eras to two.
April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 and December 7, 1941 to a time later determined
by the federal government. No other restrictions to American Legion membership are
changed. Effective immediately, approximately 6 million veterans nationwide are now
eligible to join the American Legion programs and benefits for which they had
previously not been eligible.
Amherst I Hansen
American Legion Post  #143
St Croix Falls, Wisconsin
" Americas' Largest Wartime Era Veterans Organization"
For God &
Country
Hand Salute!

(Article taken from Purple Heart Magazine, July/ August
2008 issue)

On April 4, 2008, a bill was passed as part of the Defense
Authorization Act (S.3002, section 1081) that permitted
veterans to render the hand salute in lieu of placing the
hand over the heart at appropriate functions.  The
amendment is as follows:

Amendment- Section 301(b)(1) of title 36, United States
Code, is amended by striking subparagraphs (A) through
(C) and inserting the following subparagraphs:

(A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at
the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until
the last note;

(B) members of the Armed Services and veterans who are
present but not in uniform may render a military salute in the
manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
(C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand
at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not
in uniform, if applicable, should remove their head-dress
with their right hand and hold it to the left shoulder, the
hand over the heart.
'Our Post Namesake, Amherst I.
Hansen'