National convention

SAL NEC hears updates on 50th National Convention

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Sons of the American Legion heard updates on this year’s SAL National Convention — the 50th in the program — during spring meetings April 30-May 1 in Indianapolis.

SAL PNC Joe Gladden, Chairman of the 50th Convention Commemoration Committee, discussed the challenge coin designed to celebrate this milestone. The 50th SAL National Convention will take place August 26-28 in Milwaukee.

“The back is actually the first convention (SAL) pin (from the 1972 Chicago convention),” he told the NEC on Sunday. “On the front it says ’50th’ and the zero is our SAL emblem.”

Gladden said each attendee of the August 27 convention banquet will receive a challenge coin. Tickets for the banquet, which is open to the Legion family, will cost $45.

Those who submitted challenge coin designs and used portions of their design for the coin will be entered into a draw for tickets to the banquet, Gladden said.

Gladden also thanked SAL National Historian Bill Towns for his work collecting photos and other content for a 50th Convention book.

“Bill Towns spent 1,200 hours gathering photos, coming to Indianapolis and going through the archives,” Gladden said. “I also want to thank all of you who submitted photos.”

Gladden added that there will be a memory wall with photos from previous national conventions, and they are working to add a keynote speaker for the Saturday afternoon banquet.

In other convention updates, children and youth committee chair Jim Noble said the youth hall will be changing its name to the National Academy of Children and Youth and attendees Milwaukee would visit the nearby General Mitchell Air National Guard Base.

Internal Affairs Committee Chairman Bill Clancy encouraged local squads to bring children into the youth hall.

“This will be our third annual youth hall. And I would like to challenge all local squads to come with children. It is a heavy burden to ask a family to get on a plane, but it is not a heavy burden to ask the family to get in a car and drive a few hours to the national convention,” said Clancy said, asking squads to keep that in mind. for each future congress.

Convention Planning Committee Chairman Allan Watry noted several events that are already posted on the American Legion National Convention page.

“We’re working hard to make sure the 50th convention is a great convention,” Watry said.