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.
2015 National Convention Information
Baltimore, MD – August 28 – September 3, 2015
LOCATION OF HOTEL – The Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel is located at 110 S. Eutaw Street in downtown Baltimore, MD 21201; Phone: (410) 962 – 0202; the hotel is approx. 8 miles from the airport. The hotel does not offer shuttle service.
SHUTTLE SERVICES – Super shuttle is available for those arriving by air.
RESERVATIONS – The Department Headquarters will make all reservations, we will work with the Marriott Inner Harbor 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 $154.00 plus tax, single or double with two occupants. Extra Occupant is $10.00 per day for each additional person. Room tax is 15.55%. This means that a single or double room, plus tax will be approximately $178.00 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 $27.00.
LEGION CAUCUS – Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 – 1:00 p.m. in the University 1-2 located on the 2nd floor of the Hotel.
AUXILIARY CAUCUS – Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 – 1:00 p.m. in the University 3-4 located on the 2nd floor of the Hotel.
LEGION OFFICE – Will be located in the Orioles Boardroom located on the 2nd floor.
AMERICAN LEGION OFFICE HOURS –
- Thursday, August 27th: 2 – 4 pm
- Friday, August 28th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
- Saturday, August 29th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
- Sunday, Sept 1st: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
- Monday, Sept 2nd: The office will officially close on Monday to pack up supplies.
PARADE – Will be held on Sunday, August 30th starting at 4:00p.m. The starting point for this year is the corner of Pratt St. & Howard St., we have been assigned to Division IV and we will assemble at 4pm.
This year’s Parade route is: Starts at Pratt St & Howard St and will precede down Pratt St to the disbanding point at Pratt St and Market Place. The reviewing stand will be on right side of Pratt St near Gay St.
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 Maryland will be hosting an After Parade Party at Power Pin Live near the end of the parade.
TEXAS PARTY – Sunday, August 30th at 7:00 P.M. will be held. Tickets are $40.00 person and must be purchased by May 15th.
NATIONAL COMMANDER’S DINNER – Tuesday, Sept 1st at 6:30 P.M. We currently have a few tickets available, check with Department Adjutant to purchase.
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY STATES DINNER – Wednesday, Sept 2nd at 7:00 P.M. Contact the Auxiliary to purchase tickets.
SEE YOU IN BALTIMORE!
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.
SCOOTER RENTALS –
BW MEDICAL SUPPLY BALTIMORE – Phone: (410) 702-5131
Scooter Rental is $175 per week up to 300 lbs Power Wheelchair is $175 per week up to 300 lbs Manual Wheelchair rental is $42.50 per day Advance reservations are required. Delivery fee is included to your hotel
SCOOT AROUND AMERICA – Phone: (888) 441-7575
Scooter Rental is $270 per week up to 400 lbs Manual Wheelchair Rental is $180 per week Advance reservations are required. Delivery fee is included to your hotel. www.scootaround.com
SCOOTERPLUS RENTALS – Phone: (866) 474-4356
Scooter Rental is $189 per week up to 300lbs Scooter Rental is $250 per week for 300lbs plus Power Wheelchair is $199 per week up to 300lbs Manual Wheelchair is $99 per week up to 250lbs Advance reservations are required. Delivery fee is included to your hotel. www.scooterplusrentals.com
MOBILITY SCOOTER EQUIPMENT – Phone: (410) 480-8360
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Future Dates and Locations
Cincinnati, OH – August 26 to September 1, 2016
Louisville, KY – August 25 – 31, 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.
2018 – Minneapolis, MN – August 24 – 30, 2018
2019 Indianapolis, IN – August 23 – 29, 2019