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American Legion (U.S.)

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[American Legion flag] image by Randy Young, 21 March 2015



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Description of the flag

The American Legion is a federally chartered corporation formed in Paris in 1919 by veterans of the American Expeditionary Forces. Their mission is to sponsor programs that support veterans, national security, and patriotism.

The flag of the American Legion features the organization's seal centered on a dark blue field. Judging from the photographs online, some variation in the shade of blue in the field is allowed, as is variation in the amount of dark red in the seal. Some American Legion posts have flags as depicted here, while others have flags with lighter shades of blue and seals that are entirely gold in color or show red only in the central part of the seal around the "US".
Randy Young, 20 March 2015

"Eligibility for American Legion membership is limited to those honorably discharged veterans and current personnel of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard or Air Force who served at least one day of active duty during any of the following periods. Merchant Marine eligibility was from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII).
sources: wikipedia and www.legion.org
Esteban Rivera, 21 March 2015


American Legion Auxiliary

[American Legion Auxiliary flag] image by Randy Young, 21 March 2015

The flag of the American Legion Auxiliary, like the flag of the American Legion itself, features the organization's seal centered on a dark blue field.
Randy Young, 21 March 2015


Sons of the American Legion

[Sons of the American Legion flag] image by Randy Young, 21 March 2015

The flag of the Sons of the American Legion features the organization's seal centered on a light blue field, similar in shade to the flags of the Department of Defense.
Randy Young, 21 March 2015


American Legion Riders

[American Legion Riders flag] image by Randy Young, 21 March 2015

The flag of the American Legion Riders is dark blue with the seal of the Riders in the center.
Randy Young, 21 March 2015


Department of Italy flag

[Department of Italy American Legion flag] image located by Bill Garrison, 26 August 2007

"American Legion" flag (usually, the "AL" has members who served in the U.S. Military, but they did not necessarily fight in WWI overseas). Whereas the "Veterans of Foreign Wars" (the "VFW" has members who served in the U.S. Army AND who 'fought'/campaigned in a military conflict/war overseas). However, I do not know the specifically membership rules of either organization during the 1920-1930s, when this picture was taken.
Bill Garrison, 26 August 2007