Monday, March 29, 2021

1st District Officer Nominations - 2021/2022 Legion Year


Sunday, March 21, 2021

The beginning of the American Legion


Friday, March 12, 2021

Detroit VA Veteran Vaccine Clinic

Detroit VA will be hosting a Veterans COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on Saturday, March 27, 2021, from 8AM to 3PM at the Joe Louis American Legion Post #375 located at 19486 Sherwood, Detroit. All Veterans are invited. Veterans already enrolled or receiving care from the VA will be given first priority. Vaccines will be given until supplies last.

Detroit VA Registration will be on hand to help Veterans who are not enrolled. Those Veterans who have not registered for VA Health Care will need a DD-214 form and copy of last year’s income statement to help confirm eligibility for VA Health Care.

Veterans who are not enrolled or do not currently receive care at VA can visit VA's Eligibility web page to learn more:

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Detroit Catholic High School Senior Wins The American Legion Department of Michigan 2021 Oratorical Contest.

 Detroit Catholic High School Senior Wins The American Legion Department of Michigan 2021 Oratorical Contest.

Jack Smith of Milford took first place in The American Legion Department of Michigan Annual Oratorical Contest on Saturday, March 6, at Lansing's department headquarters. Jack competed against three other high school students from around the state.  

Jack is a senior from Detroit Catholic Central High School in Novi. He represented the 3rd Zone of American Legion Posts. His prepared speech was titled "Popular Sovereignty: The People's Government."

The oratorical contest is a competition held each year, with contestants beginning in December and January competing at a local American Legion Post. Post contest winners advance to the district level and then to the zone level. The five-zone winners then compete at the department contest to determine the winner. The winner then represents the department at the National Oratorical Contest in Indianapolis in April. Due to the pandemic, The American Legion National Headquarters has canceled the national contest this year. Jack will receive a $5,000 scholarship from The American Legion for being the department winner in place of the national competition, in addition to the $3,000 scholarship the department will send him.   

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Change is coming to MyLegion for Posts, Districts, and County.


Change is coming to MYLEGION.Org in April.

The American Legion National Headquarters is upgrading the website and program. The change is expected to occur in April from what we are being told. This change will affect how you log into the web-portal.

What's changing?

There are two changes happening. The first one will how the program operates, but we are told that for Districts, Counties, and Posts, that there will be little change in how the portal is used. 

The second change though you will notice. In the past, each post was assigned a username and password each year for their post. Only the Post Adjutant would receive the credentials to log in. Under the new system, Legionnaires are asked to create a personal account and then that personal account will be linked to what permissions the user has for using

For example, National will give permission to the Legionnaire who is the Adjutant of the Post, or a District Commander. There will opportunities for the Post Commander to also can see information in MyLegion without sharing a username and password because of their personal username and password.

What MUST you do before April 1, 2021?

Create a Single Sign-on Legion Account. 

After April 1, the current username and password you use for the district, post, or county MyLegion account will eventually stop working. At which point you would use your single sign-on account.

Visit this website for more information about single sign-on.

Note: If you had registered with before December 31, 2020, with a personal account, you must create a new account.

We hope to have more information in the coming weeks. Please note, will not be available on March 20 for a few days.


Ron Runyan
Department Adjutant
American Legion Department of Michigan | 212 N. Verlinden Ave, Lansing, MI 48915
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Sunday, March 7, 2021

1st District Contestant finishes as a finalist at the State Contest held in Lansing

Commander Haeseker,  

I am proud to convey that our 1st District Contestant, Sophie Hughs, a Grosse Pointe South Senior, was a finalist in the State Contest today held in Lansing at the American Legion Department of Michigan Headquarters.  She was sponsored by 1st District Grosse Pointe Post 303. She did a great job representing the 1st District.  As Chairman of the Americanism Committee and her coach, I am really proud of her and her efforts. She was an awesome speaker and did a fantastic job.  Her speech was right on target!!!!! She is a talented young individual taking honor courses, teaching Sunday School, and even holding down a part-time job at TCBY in Grosse Pointe.  She has not yet decided on a college yet and is still in interviewing process. She will do well. 


Dan McCrary 

1st District Americanism Committee 

Grosse Pointe Post 303 Commander

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