US veterans from across the nation and around the world are heading to Indianapolis next week.
The National Convention of The American Legion has been meeting around the country for the past 101 years.
Thousands of blue-capped Legionnaires will stay in multiple hotels, taking over a total of 15,000 rooms as they meet at the Indianapolis Convention Center in business sessions.
They’re expected to contribute between $10 million and $15 million to the city’s economy, via shipping, dining, and tourism while they’re staying in the city.
The American Legion has had three national conventions in Indianapolis in the past, dating back to 1990, 1995, and 2012.
Veterans of all five branches of the armed forces who have served anytime since December 7th, 1941 or who are currently serving are invited to attend and participate in convention activities.
Those who would like to participate are asked to go to the National Headquarters Offices at the Indianapolis Convention Center, 500 Ballroom, level 1, until August 29th, or can apply online at legion.org.
The American Legion was founded back in 1919 on the four pillars of strong national security, veteran affairs, Americanism, and youth program. Today, their current membership is about two million wartime veterans.
Legionnaires work on improving their communities through around 12,000 poses across the country and oversees.