The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. Marvin G. Shields Memorial Post 26 works in the community in a number of ways to support veterans and their families, and the community at large.
We have dedicated Service Officers who assist veterans and their families in accessing benefits, helping with forms completion, acquisition of documents from the Department of Defense and other entities, and guidance about availability of various programs. Annually, the Post awards scholarships to graduating high school seniors in Jefferson County in amounts of $500 to $2000. The Post provides ceremonial support with a bugler and rifle unit for funerals and other veteran ceremonies throughout the northern Olympic Peninsula. In addition, the Post hosts two commemoration ceremonies each year. Memorial Day honors those who gave the ultimate price while serving their country; and Veterans Day, which honors all who have served as well as those who are still serving. To request funeral honors or other veteran ceremonies, contact the club manager.
The Post provides a community meeting place. Our Ballroom is one of the largest meeting venues in Jefferson County, and as such, hosts showings of the Port Townsend Film Festival, Brewfest, and various other local festivals and events, and is also available for rental for banquets, conferences, and weddings.