Dear American Legion Family members and friends,
It was just over a year ago when I sent out an email to you with the title, "An urgent message about coronavirus."
The past year has been trying for us all. We’ve lost friends and family members. We’ve felt isolation while adhering to safety guidelines. And we’ve missed our brothers and sisters in The American Legion.
Thankfully, there is hope ahead.
We are on track for our national convention this summer in Phoenix. And just this week, we announced that the American Legion World Series will return in August to Shelby, N.C. We are also planning to have our American Legion Boys Nation and Junior Shooting Sports finals.
I look forward to these events occurring once again and catching up with American Legion Family members. At the same time, we’ll need to continue practicing safety protocols. The pandemic still has not lifted and a heightened risk remains for yet another surge of cases.
To protect yourself, fellow Legionnaires and others, please wear a mask, wash your hands frequently and practice other social-distancing measures. And if you have not already, please get your vaccinations before joining us.
Handshakes, hugs and other forms of close contact are out.
As National Judge Advocate Kevin Bartlett recommends, “No touchy.”
While we may see these measures as restrictive, remember this — what’s important is that we are back together once again. And no mask can keep us from pursuing our mission of service to communities, states and nation. After all, we are …
Veterans Strengthening America.