American Legion National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford issued the following statement regarding the 2021 Spring Meetings in Indianapolis.
"After close consultation with my top advisors, I have made the decision to prioritize safety by eliminating mass gatherings at our upcoming spring meetings.
"The National Executive Committee will meet virtually on May 5-6. The national commission meetings that traditionally occur in the days prior to the NEC meeting will also be virtual. I ask our national staff division directors to consult with their commission chairs in scheduling a time that works well for all involved.
"These decisions are never easy. Camaraderie is the essence of who we are. As the distribution of vaccines grows wider, I am hopeful that the worse days of the pandemic are behind us. The coronavirus has already taken beloved members of our American Legion Family. I do not wish to lose anyone due to a lack of caution."