Dubois Elementary School fourth-grader Kaylei Carie receives a kiss from her mother, Erica, following an awards ceremony for the American Legion Flag Education Test Program at the school on Friday. Fourth-grader Gabe Neukam was the boys' essay contest winner. Kaylei was recognized as the school's girls' essay contest winner, as well as the overall winner from five local schools and the.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and.