Hungry, want to play J have a “beverage of your choice” with friends? Check the “FOOD AND FUN” schedule.

National Flag Code: FLY YOUR FLAG days.

You can sign up for the Oct. 8 OCW FUNDRAISER AT SEA and the Nov. 11 VETERANS DAY PARADE at any time before the deadline, sooner the better.

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AUGUST 2017

Aug 4 - Coast Guard Birthday

Aug 7 - Purple Heart Day

Aug 7 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 516

Aug 11th (Friday) – Sock Hop at HEB Post 379

Aug 12th (Saturday) - Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

          Car Wash at Mansfield Post 624 (9am to noon)

Aug 13th (Sunday) - Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert & Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm; everyone’s invited, free admission!

Aug 14 - VJ (Victory over Japan) Day

Aug 16 to 24 - The American Legion National Convention in Reno NV

Aug 19th (Saturday)

Fort Worth Aviation Museum National Aviation Day; games, fun, and special exhibits, ALL FREE, from 9 AM to 5 PM 

Casino Night at Post 516, starts at 6:00 pm, professional tables

Aug 26th (Saturday) – Haltom City Veterans Memorial Park fundraiser at Post 655 starts at 12 noon

Car Show at Post 516 (5 to 9 pm)

Vinny and the Jets playing at Post 516 starting at 7:00 pm

Aug 27th (Sunday) - Jazz Monsters Big Band Concert & Dance; Post 655 at 6:00 pm; everyone’s invited, free admission!

Aug 29, 2016 - Marine Forces Reserve Birthday

 

SEPTEMBER 2017 National Disaster Preparedness Month

Sep 2 (Saturday) - ALA Unit 838 Charter Anniversary Celebration and Appreciation Day at 2:00 pm
Sep 4th (Monday) – Labor Day / V-J Day

Sep 9th (Saturday) - Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

Post 379 Red Lion Poker Run

District 5 Annual VA Benefit Run

Sep 10th – (Sunday) Grandparents Day

Sep 11th (Monday) – Patriot Day - National Day of Service and Remembrance

Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 655

Sep 15th – National POW/MIA Recognition Day

Sep 16 (Saturday) – Division One Executive committee meeting at Post 838, 8:00 am to noon

Sep 17th – Constitution Day

Sep 18 - Air Force Birthday

Sep 21 – 24, 2017 - Fall DEC in Austin

Sep 22 – Blessing of the Buffalo at Meadowbrook Elementary School

Sep 24 (Sunday) - Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day

 

OCTOBER 2017

Oct 1st (Sunday) – Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit Breakfast at Post 379

Oct 3 (Tuesday) – Texas National Night Out (let me know what folks are doing)

Oct 7th (Saturday) - ALMAC at Mansfield Post 624 starting at noon

American Legion Military Appreciation celebration

Oct. 7 and 8

Scarecrow Festival every October www.chappellhillmuseum.org in Chappell Hill Texas

Crazy Water Festival in Mineral Wells every year on the second Saturday in October http://drinkcrazywater.com/cw/

Oct 8 to 15 - 2nd Annual OCW Fundraiser at Sea

Oct 9th (Monday) – Columbus Day

Oct 13, 2016 - Navy Birthday

Oct 14th (Saturday) - Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

          Annual Post 60 Riders Car and Bike Show; 9am to 3pm Entry fee is $20.00.  Elks Lodge 2114, 601 W Pioneer Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76010.

Annual Handley Street Festival Saturday, 10am-9pm.

Oct 26, 2016 - National Day of the Deployed

Oct 27th (Friday) – Navy Day

          American History Dinner at Post 516

Oct 28th (Saturday) – District 12 Fall Convention, 7:00 am at Arlington Post 60

Oct 28-29 - Alliance Air Show

Oct 31st – Halloween

 

NOVEMBER 2017 - Military Family Month

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Nov 2 – Pre Veterans Day Picnic at Fort Worth VA Clinic

Nov 4th (Saturday) - Veterans Day Parade meeting (10:00am) (Last chance to register your entry) at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

Nov 6 - Commanders Call (no Presidents Parlay this month); 7:00 pm at Post 838

November 10, 2016 - Marine Corps Birthday

Nov 11th (Saturday) – Veterans Day

Veterans Breakfast: 7:00 am at Post 838

TARRANT COUNTY VETERANS DAY PARADE 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Grapevine Veterans Day Parade

Mansfield Veterans Day Parade

National Cemetery Veterans Day Program, 3 pm

Flag Retirement Ceremony at Post 516

November 11 - Armistice Day (France), Remembrance Day (Britain), Remembrance Day (Canada)

Nov 12th (Sunday) – Massing of the Colors (?)

Nov 13th (Monday) – Golden Corral Military Appreciation Night; 5 to 9 pm

Nov 15th (Wednesday) - 9th Annual Cowtown Homeless Veteran Stand Down; 9am to 1pm

Nov 18th (Saturday) - Veterans Day Parade debriefing at Benbrook American Legion Post 297

Nov 23rd (Thursday) – Thanksgiving Day

National Red Kettle Campaign Kick-off

 

DECEMBER 2017

Dec 1 - Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Birthday

Dec?  – Toys for Tots kick off

Dec 4 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 60

Dec 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Dec 9 – Texas Toy Run

District Christmas Party; 7:00 pm at Post 516

Dec ? SNOWBALL EXPRESS

Dec 13 - National Guard Birthday

Dec 16 - National Wreaths Across America

In addition to the National Cemetery we have two local Cemeteries that qualify.

They both need help and have an established group we can help or partner with.

Emerald Hills Memorial Park (TXEHMP) at 500 W Sublett Rd, Kennedale, TX 76060 (2,000 graves)

Nelson Cemetery (TXNCAZ) at 121 E Reno Rd, Azle, TX 76020 (20 graves)

Dec 25th – Christmas Day

Dec 31 (Sunday) – New Years Eve

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2018 Planning dates:

 

JANUARY 2018

01 January 2018 to 31 January 2018 – District Level Oratorical Competition period

Jan 1 – Boys State Registration Opens

Jan 1 (Monday) – New Years Day

Jan 8 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post TBD

Jan 13 (Saturday) – District Oratorical Contest, noon at Post 356

Jan 13 to Feb 4 – Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo

Jan 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan 29 (Monday) – Fort Worth Stock Show Military Day?

Jan 25 – 28 DEC

 

FEBRUARY 2018

 01 February 2018 to 15 February 2018 – Division Level Oratorical Competition period

01 Feb 18 - Junior Shooting Sports first round (Individual Precision, Individual Sporter and Team State Championship) target and payment due date 

Syperbowl?

Feb 4 (Sunday) – Scout Sunday

Feb 4-USO Birthday & Four Chaplains Day (first Sunday in February)

Feb 5 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post TBD

Feb 14 – Valentines Day

Feb 19 (Monday) – Presidents Day

Department Level Oratorical Competition at Post 159 in Bryan, Texas

 

MARCH 2018 Community Service Month | Month of the Military Caregiver

Mar 1 – Eagle Scout of the Year Nominations are due to Department

Mar 2– Texas Independence Day

Mar 3 Navy Reserves Birthday

Mar 5 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 655

Mar 8 – International Women's Day

Mar 15 to 17 – American Legion Birthday

Mar 17 (Sat) – St Patrick’s Day

Coffee Tour / Membership Drive starting from Post 655

31 Mar 18 - Junior Shooting Sports second round (Individual Precision and Individual Sporter Qualification, and Team Nationals) target and payment due date 

 

APRIL 2018 Children & Youth Month | Month of the Military Child

April 1 (Sunday) – Easter (skip April Fools Day this year)

April 4 (Wednesday) – Gold Star Wives Day & MoH escort from DFW Airport

April 7 (Saturday) – Medal of Honor Parade in Gainesville starts at 10:00 am

April 14 - Air Force Reserve Birthday

April 18 – National Lineman Appreciation Day

April 19-22 – Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival

April 21 – District 12 Spring Convention at Post 838

April 23 - Army Reserves Birthday

April 28 (Arbor Day)

Hops and Props at the Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Bike and Car Show at Post 516 (with bike games) 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

MAY 2018 National Military Appreciation Month (Month to showcase ALA poppies)

May 1 - Loyalty Day and Silver Star Service Banner Day 

May 5 – Cinco de Mayo & National Day of Prayer

            First Division Convention at Post 379

May 6 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day

May 7 - Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay; 7:00 pm at Post 516

May 8 - VE Day (Victory in Europe)

May 11 - Military Spouse Appreciation Day (Friday before Mother’s Day)

May 13 (Sunday) – Mothers Day

May 14 - Boys State Registration Ends and Wait List Begins

May 15 – Peace Officers Memorial Day

May 15 – Boys State Orientation, 7:00 pm at Post 569

May 16-25 - RUN FOR THE WALL Southern Route leaves from California

May 19 (Saturday) – Armed Forces Day

[May (date TBD) – Pre Memorial Day Cookout for Fort Worth Veteran Homes]

[May 26 - Congress to designated May 26, 2017, as National Poppy Day]

May 27 (Sunday) – Carry The Load DALLAS MEMORIAL MARCH

May 28 (Monday) – Memorial Day

8:30 am in Forrest Hill to 6:30 pm at Mount Olivet Cemetery

3:00 pm – The National Moment of Remembrance moment of silence

6:00 pm - HALTOM CITY MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION at Post 655

8:00 pm – Post 516 Flag Retirement

 

JUNE 2018

Month of June 2018 – American Legion Baseball Period

June 4 – Commanders Call and Presidents Parlay at Post 655

June 6 – D-Day

Sunday, 10 June 2018 – Friday, 15 June 2018 Texas Boys State

June 10 (Sunday) Boys State Bus Send Off at 10:00 am – leaving from Post 569, Girls State Bus Send Off in Irving, Texas

Jun 14 – U.S. Army birthday – Flag Day

Flag Retirement Ceremonies at Benbrook Post 297 & Mansfield Post 624

Jun 17 (Sunday) – Fathers Day

June 19 – Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day

June 23 (Friday) - Coast Guard Auxiliary Birthday

 

JULY 2018

July 4 (Wednesday) – Independence Day

July 11-15 2018 Department Convention at San Antonio, Texas

17-22 Jul 18 - Nationals (Individual Precision and Individual Sporter) in Colorado Springs

July 29 - Anniversary of the Army Chaplain Corps

 

AUGUST 2018

August 4 - Coast Guard Birthday

August 7 - Purple Heart Day

Aug 14 - VJ (Victory over Japan) Day

Aug 24 – 30: The American Legion 100th National Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Aug 29 - Marine Forces Reserve Birthday

 

SEPTEMBER 2018 National Disaster Preparedness Month

Sept 3 (Monday) – Labor Day

Sep 9 – Grandparents Day

Sep 11 – Patriot Day National Day of Service and Remembrance

Sep 17 – Constitution Day

Sep 20 – 23, DEC

 

OCTOBER 2018

[Oct 2? (Tuesday) – Texas National Night Out (let me know what folks are doing)]

Oct 6 (Saturday) - ALMAC at Mansfield Post 624 starting at noon

Oct 7 (Sunday) – Breast Cancer Awareness Benefit Breakfast at Post 379

Oct 10 – Columbus Day

Oct 13 - Navy Birthday

Oct 26 - National Day of the Deployed

Oct 27 – Navy Day

Oct 31 – Halloween

 

NOVEMBER 2018 - Military Family Month

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Nov 10 (Saturday) – Marine Corps Birthday

TARRANT COUNTY VETERANS DAY PARADE 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Grapevine Veterans Day Parade

Mansfield Veterans Day Parade

Nov 11 (Sunday) – Veterans Day

National Cemetery Veterans Day Program, 3 pm

Massing of the Colors First Presbyterian Church, Ft Worth, 2:30 pm

[Nov ? - 10th Annual Cowtown Homeless Veteran Stand Down 9am to 2pm]

Nov 22 (Thursday) – Thanksgiving Day

National Red Kettle Campaign Kick-off

District 12 events plan – current as of July 21, 2017)

National Flag Code: FLY YOUR FLAG days.

 

DECEMBER 2018

Dec 1 - Civil Air Patrol (USAF Auxiliary) Birthday

[Dec ? – Toys for Tots kick off]

Dec 7 – Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Dec 13 - National Guard Birthday

[Dec ? - National Wreaths Across America]

[Dec ? – Armed Forces Bowl]

Dec 25 – Christmas Day

Dec 31 – New Years Eve

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2019 Planning dates:

Future DEC Dates:

January 24 – 27, 2019

September 26 – 29, 2019

 

National Conventions Future Dates and Locations

August 23 - 29, 2019- The American Legion National Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana 100th birthday of The American Legion
August 28 - September 3, 2020 - The American Legion National Convention, Louisville, Kentucky

August 27 - September 2, 2021 - Phoenix, Arizona

August 26 - September 1, 2022 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Last update 8/20/2017