(INDIANAPOLIS—July 13, 2020) –
National Commander of The American Legion James W. “Bill” Oxford issued the following statement today:
WE ARE HERE TO ASSERT in the strongest terms possible that The American Legion stands for equal rights for everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or any other characteristic. There is no qualifier to that statement.
It’s a belief The American Legion has held since our founding just after the end of World War I. At that time in 1919, African-American veterans were among our organization’s founders who adopted a mission statement – the Preamble to The American Legion Constitution – that rings as true today as it did more than a century ago.
At every official American Legion meeting, we pledge among other things “to maintain law and order,” as well as “safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy.”
We grieve for African-American citizens George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and far too many others. Their senseless deaths have brought the topic of race relations to the forefront of our hearts and minds.
Just as we believe in equal rights for all, we believe in law and order.
At this time, we have seen tensions rise. Rioters have taken advantage of peaceful protests to burn and loot buildings. White supremacists have targeted black Americans going about their daily lives. Angry citizens have recklessly hurled objects and insults at law enforcement officers.
It has to stop. America is better than this. We are better than this. Together, let’s find common ground to stand on so that every American can enjoy the freedoms we vowed to protect with our lives.
For God and Country
Our American Legion Post has been welcoming VETERANS from all branches of our Armed Forces. Today, we continue to welcome all military personnel serving our country. Joining our Post enables you to continue serving your God, Country and Community Our mission is to implement the goals, aspirations, dreams, peace and blessings for our country, friends and families embodied in our preamble below.
To the wonderful patriotic citizens of the Beaverton Oregon community. Help us to continue sponsoring Scholarships for our children; give aid and assistance to our local needy Veterans and their families. Help us to continue to support financially worthy community programs and projects.
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