Program Closed - Legion looks forward to issuance of commemorative coins
The American Legion
Sep 26, 2017
On Sept. 25, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on House Resolution (H.R.) 2519, The
American Legion 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act, a bill that would require the
Department of Treasury to mint and issue gold, silver and half-dollar clad coins in celebration of
the centennial of the Legion, for one year, beginning in January 2019.
The bill has made steady progress since being introduced to Congress earlier this year. Over the
past few months, Legionnaires have been gathering support and co-sponsors for the bill in both
the House of Representatives and Senate (S. 1182). The Senate measure passed the chamber on
The Legion has worked tirelessly to ensure H.R. 2519 passes and advances to the White House
for the president’s signature, according to James Oxford, chairman of The American Legion’s
“This is great news that the House of Representatives passed H.R. 2519 today,” he said. “Out of
all of the coin bills authorized in the last decade, The American Legion broke the record for cosponsors.
The previous record was held by the U.S. Army with 348. We currently have 375 and
Unique among U.S. Mint products, all surcharges received from the sale of The American
Legion centennial coin will help raise money for Legion programs that support veterans, service
members and their families, as well as commemorate important aspects of American history and
culture. The funds gained from sales will support caring for those who served and are currently
serving in the armed forces, and programs that maintain patriotic values, strong families and
assistance for at-risk children.
"Since 1919, The American Legion has dedicated itself to serving our nation's veterans,” said
Congressman Phil Roe, R-Tenn., chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “I
look forward to continuing to work alongside The American Legion in our shared goal of
improving the lives of America’s heroes."
Congress only authorizes the minting of two commemorative coins per year, an honor Oxford
said that the nation’s largest veterans organization is proud to share.
“The money that is generated from these commemorative coins will allow us to fund good,
quality programs for youth, national security, deployed service members and veterans,” Oxford
The American Legion Library houses an amazing amount of information, in all types of media. The holdings at National Headquarters in Indianapolis include:
- More than 12,000 books and pamphlets on Americanism, national security and the wars of the 20th and 21st centuries, among other topics.
- 50,000 rare documents such as the GI Bill, the revolutionary legislation that offered support and educational assistance to troops returning from World War II.
- Complete collections of The American Legion Magazine and The American Legion Dispatch, in addition to proceedings of the National Executive Committee and National Conventions.
- Visual collections in the form of photographs and more than 2,500 recruiting posters from the two world wars. (Click here to view the online gallery.)
- Histories of the Legion through the eyes and ears of several authors.
- A limited number of unit histories dating back to World War I.
- A broad collection of artifacts in the Emil A. Blackmore Museum, located on the fourth floor of National Headquarters.
- An archival collection documenting the history of The American Legion at a national level.
- The American Legion National Library and Museum administers the Digital Archive, which represents the library's digital holdings. The Digital Archive provides full-text access to newsletters, press releases, and other American Legion publications.
American Legion histories
History buffs in need of background information on the Legion can turn to the library staff for guidance. Housed in collections at National Headquarters or at other libraries are several notable books:
- James, Marquis. “A History of The American Legion.” New York, NY: William Green, 1923.
- Jones, Richard Seelye. “A History of The American Legion.” Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1946.
- Rumer, Thomas A. “The American Legion: An Official History 1919-1989.” New York, NY: M. Evans & Company, Inc., 1990.
- Historical version of The American Legion Extension Institute, a course of study outlining the rich history, programs, policies, developments, positions and future goals of the organization. The course also serves as a handy reference set on the workings of the Legion. The current version of the Extension Institute is now available online.
In need of other topical books? Try contacting the library staff at (317) 630-1366, or firstname.lastname@example.org, for sources on topics such as:
- Veterans affairs
- National security
- Youth programs
- War histories
- Veterans compensation
- Women’s role in wars
Interested in learning more about the 1st Marine Division? Know someone from the 8th Infantry Division? Need to know about the 9th Tactical Air Command? A relative served on USS Baltimore (CA 68)? The Legion library staff will try to help. They will check the Legion’s collection of unit histories. Just give them a try by notifying them of the specific unit in which you are interested.
Call (317) 630-1366 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays, or email email@example.com.
If you’re seeking military service records, contact the National Personnel Records Center.