Upcoming Events

Centennial Conference Committee Meeting

There will be a Centennial Conference Committee Meeting held on December 6 @1900 in the Veterans Memorial Building, 22 W. Broadway, Meridian. Anyone interested in helping with the conference is encouraged to attend this meeting.

December 19, 2017

The December Post 113 meeting will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building, 22 W. Broadway, Meridian, on December 19 @ 1800. A Christmas pot luck dinner is open to  Legion, Legion Riders, SAL, and Auxiliary members, and their families. Turkey and ham will be provided by the post. Please contact 1st Vice Commander Steve North at snorth5401@gmail.com and let him know what side dish or dessert you would like to bring.

Oratorical Contest

The 2018 Youth Oratorical Contest will begin in January 2018. The exact date and time to be announced. Contact 2nd Vice commander Doug Hanks dandghanks @q.com for complete details and to submit an application.

The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938, the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. The program has featured numerous politicians and prominent contestants over the years, including former president candidate Alan Keyes and CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.

Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000. Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.

High school students under age 20 are eligible. Competition begins at the post level and advances to a state competition. Legion department representatives certify one winner per state to the national contest, where department winners compete against each other in two speaking rounds. The contest caps off with a final round that decides the three top finishers.

Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.

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