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What doesn't destroy us only makes us stronger


Michelle Akers once wrote "I believe the challenge is to take difficult and painful times and turn them into something beneficial, something that makes you grow." The Department of Ohio now has the opportunity to realize this thought.

On May 4th, 2015, an unfortunate fire destroyed a large portion of the headquarters building. Some of our Posts have suffered similar fates, and as you have done, we will adapt and overcome. We will rebuild and return stronger. We will find a way to achieve our goals in the face of disaster.

If you want to test the character of an individual, give them adversity, for it is through adversity that you will see how strong they really can be. We have been given our adversity, and the world will see how strong we really are. We will not give up, we will not quit. We will press on because that is who we have been for 97 years, and who we plan to be for 97 more.

We hope to receive your patience and understanding while we get operations back up to continue to serve your needs. Now, more than ever, we need our communities to come together and act as one, to focus not on the successes of the past or the realities of the present but, on the opportunities of the future."



Toledo will host annual Department Convention


The American Legion Department of Ohio will conduct its 97th Annual Department Convention in Toledo, June 26, 27 and 28.

The three-day session of nearly 100,000 members of the Ohio American Legion will be held at the Grand Plaza Hotel at 444 North Summit St.

General Session begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 27th in Salons A, B and C.

Highlights of the Convention will include addresses by Officers and other dignitaries, the election and installation of the new 2015-2016 Officers, and consideration of constitutional amendments and resolutions that involve Legion business and policies of state and national interest.

In addition, various Department awards for the year will be given out to those deserving Posts/individuals who have excelled throughout the year.

Delegates of the Legion and Auxiliary will begin arriving in Toledo on Thursday, June 25th for pre-convention meetings, and will occupy approximately 500 hotel rooms in area hotels. Approximately 1,400 Legion members, their spouses, and friends are expected to attend the three-day meeting.

Registration will take place in the Pre Function Foyer of the Grand beginning on Friday at 10:00 a.M. to 6:00 P.M., with a registration fee of $5.00. At registration you will receive a packet prepared by the locals and the Toledo Visitors Bureau.

The Department of Ohio American Legion Convention Headquarters will open on Thursday morning at 8:00 A.M. in Boardroom IV, 3rd floor, at the Grand.

During your convention stay, try to visit the many events in the area. A shuttle service is available to and from the Casino.

The Mud Hens are out of town the weekend of Convention. The 2016 Department Convention will be held in Independence, a suburb of Cleveland.




A&G winners tour Gettysburg, Washington

Seventeen State winners in the 2014-2015 Americanism and Government test program, accompanied by chaperones from the Ohio American Legion and the Ohio American Legion Auxiliary, under the direction of Tour Director Gerald White, toured Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C., march 2-7.

The March A&G trip was the culmination of the Department's Americanism and Government test program for 2014-2015 and continues an event first conducted by the Ohio American Legion in 1936.

Highlights of the trip included a dinner for the group hosted by Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, American Legion Post 202; a special tour of the Gettysburg National Battlefield; the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, all of the major Washington Memorials, the Washington Cathedral, and a tour of the Diplomatic Reception Rooms at the U.S. State Department.

Continuing an honored tradition going back to 1936, the Department of Ohio laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and received a briefing by the Tomb Guards on the operations of the Tomb Guard Platoon and the Tomb of the Unknowns.

A special opportunity afforded the participants was an in-depth tour of the United States Capital building by Ohio Congressman Robert Latta, who spent nearly two hours with the students presenting an outstanding lesson on the U.S. House, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Supreme Court and the history of the United States Capital.

Chaperones representing the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary were Department First Vice Commander Jim Campbell and Auxiliary First Vice President Martha Setlock.