MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBLITY UPDATE!!
Due to the passage of the Legion Act, Congress has corrected the eligibility dates to cover all honorable active service in the US Armed Forces since December 7, 1941. This covers service during times of multiple conflicts and recognizes Cold War service. Membership applications with corrected dates will soon be available, but you can join now, simply make note of dates of service on the form!
ORATORICAL CONTEST SEASON HAS BEGUN
The Oratorical Contest season is underway! The competition is for high school students who want to compete in the Maryland American Legion Oratorical Contest. The American Legion National Contests are April 17-19, 2020, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Maryland sends one contestant to the first of the three National rounds. The top three national finalists earn berths in Original Oratory at the National Speech & Debate national tournament. National winners also win a trip to the American Legion National Convention in August 2020.
The road to the National Contest starts with the Post Contests, in January 2020. Contestants will begin competition here. Contestants should commit to and start to write, memorize, and practice their speeches by the December school break time. County Contests are in early February 2020. Each Maryland county has between 7 and 46 Legion Posts and the county competition is the next step for Post winners. District Contests are in late February 2020. There are seven Legion districts in Maryland. Each district is comprised of between 2 and 6 counties.
The State Finals are Sunday, March 8, 2020. This year's contest will be held at Stevenson University in Owing Mills, MD. Not only does the winner of the state contest go to the national contest in April, but we invite you to speak at our state convention in Ocean City on July 15-16, 2020. For Details about the contest, rules, and how to sign up to participate, please visit the Department of Maryland Oratorical Web Site at: