2011 National Convention begins Aug. 26

Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis

The 93rd American Legion National Convention kicks off Aug. 26 in Minneapolis with a full schedule surrounding veteran-related issues. The festivities begin with an Employment Roundtable on Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (CST), along with a Homeless Veterans Roundtable from 10 a.m. – Noon. Both meetings will feature a panel of experts discussing ways to cut the jobless rate among young service members and provide housing for homeless veterans. Keeping in line with the topic of veterans employment is a Heroes to Hometowns job fair on Aug. 27 from 1 – 4 p.m.

Later, the last two days of August are busy with presentations from distinguished guests, such as President Barack Obama on Aug. 30 at 10 a.m., Florida Rep. Jeff Miller on Aug. 31 at 10:10 a.m. and video remarks from Secretary of State Hilary Clinton at 2:45 p.m. And when convention attendees are not partaking in the various meetings, they can enjoy a Minnesota Twins game on Aug. 26 where American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster will throw out the ceremonial first pitch, the National Convention parade on Aug. 28 at 4:30 p.m. (CST), and a U.S. Soldier Show on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m. (CST).

The Legion’s many committees and commissions will also meet throughout the week. They include committees on veterans affairs and rehabilitation, legislation, economic, business development and more. The 2011 National Convention will conclude on Sept. 1 with the election of the 2011-2012 National Commander.

Visit www.legion.org daily to stay updated on the veterans issues tackled and highlights taking place during the National Convention.

Selected sessions and events will be streamed live:

  • Color Guard Contest
    Aug. 27, 8 a.m.
  • Band Contest
    Aug. 27, 1 p.m.
  • Patriotic Memorial Service
    Aug. 28, 11 a.m.
  • Parade
    Aug. 28, 4:30
  • General Session Day one
    Aug. 30, 8:30 a.m.
  • General Session Day two
    Aug. 31, 8:30 a.m.
  • General Session Day three
    Sept. 1, 8:30 a.m.

About Gary Lanham

Authors the weekly article "News from the Hut", about local American Legion Post #142 in Hominy, OK. Read his weekly articles in the "Hominy News Progress".
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