National Convention

The annual National Convention is the governing body of The American Legion. Each of The American Legion’s 55 Departments (one in each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines) is entitled to a minimum of five delegates to the National Convention, plus one delegate for each 1,000 members or major fraction thereof, as of 30 days before the convention. The National Commander, members of the National Executive Committee, all living Past National Commanders, and the five National Vice Commanders are also delegates to the National Convention.

Convention cities are selected on a basis of a variety of criteria, including, but not limited to, the availability and price of hotel rooms, meeting space, city services and the needs of the National Organization and the Departments. Bids are accepted from cities that wish to host the convention.


2016 National Convention Information
Cincinnati, OH – August 26 – September 1, 2016

LOCATION OF HOTEL – The Embassy Suites Hotel is located at 10 E. Rivercenter Blvd in Covington, KY; Phone: (859) 261-8400; the hotel is approx. 14 miles from the airport. The hotel does not offer shuttle service.

RESERVATIONS – The Department Headquarters will make all reservations, we will work with the Embassy Suites Hotel to arrange confirmation of your reservation. If you are sharing a room with someone else and they are not on the housing list, please let this office know.

HOTEL ROOMS – The rooms are the normal standard rooms. Room rates are $136.00 plus tax, single or double with two occupants. Extra Occupant is $10.00 per day for each additional person. Room tax is 11.3%. This means that a single or double room, plus tax will be approximately $151.37 per night. The Hotel requires a credit card or debt card to hold your reservation.

CANCELLATION OR CHANGES ON YOUR HOUSING – If you decide to change or cancel – YOU MUST CALL THE HOTEL DIRECT, please contact the Department Adjutant also – If you need to change arrival or departure date – CALL THE HOTEL, please inform Department too – Department cannot return your deposit nor change hotel reservation arrangements; you must contact the hotel.

DELEGATES, ALTERNATES AND GUEST PACKETS – All Delegates, Alternates, and/or Guests must pay their $25.00 registration fee to Department, upon arrival in Charlotte please check in with the Department Office to receive your packet and credentials.

PARKING – The hotel offers self-parking at $14.00 and Valet Parking at $26.00 per night.

LEGION CAUCUS – Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. in the John A. Roebling Room II located on the 1st floor of the Hotel.

AUXILIARY CAUCUS – Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. in the John A. Roebling Room I located on the 1st floor of the Hotel.

LEGION OFFICE – Will be located in the Captain Mary Greene Boardroom located on the 1st floor.


  • Thursday, August 25th:  2 – 4 pm
  • Friday, August 26th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 27th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 28th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, August 29th: The office will officially close on Monday to pack up supplies.

PARADE – Will be held on Sunday, August 28th starting at 4:00 p.m. The starting point for this year is the corner of Sentinel and Fifth, we have been assigned to Division III and we will assemble at 4:15 pm, we will begin boarding the buses at 3:30 pm.

This year’s Parade route is: Starts at Sentinel and will precede down Fifth to the disbanding point at Elm and Fifth. The reviewing stand will be on right side of Fifth and Walnut.

UNIFORM FOR TEXAS PARADE – Please bring your western hat and your Texas Flag Convention Shirt. You may order the convention shirt from our office (512/472-4138). Men should bring a pair of blue slacks or jeans. Ladies should wear blue skirts, if they are not wearing jeans.

AFTER  PARADE PARTY – The Department of  will be hosting an After Parade Party at near the end of the parade.

TEXAS PARTY – This years Texas Party has been cancelled.

NATIONAL COMMANDER’S DINNER – Tuesday, August 30th at 6:30 P.M. We currently have a few tickets available, check with Department Adjutant to purchase.

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY STATES DINNER – Wednesday, August 31st at 7:00 P.M. Contact the Auxiliary to purchase tickets.



National Convention Registration Form.pdf

National Convention Room Registration Form.pdf

National Convention Delegate Information Memo.pdf


The National Convention registration fee is $25.00 per person and must be paid to the Department, as all delegates, alternates and guests to the National Convention are registered by their Department Headquarters.


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Reservation need to be made more than 72 hours before delivery date, if made after and additional $50 will be added to the total price Delivery/Pickup fee is included to your hotel.

Future Dates and Locations

Reno, NV – August 18 – 24, 2017

The 100th Anniversary celebration will begin with the 100th National Convention being held in Minneapolis, MN in 2018 and will end with the 101th National Convention in Indianapolis, IN in 2019.

Minneapolis, MN – August 24 – 30, 2018

Indianapolis, IN – August 23 – 29, 2019

 Louisville, KY – August 28 – September 3, 2020

 Phoenix, AZ – August 27 – September 2, 2021