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.


2014 National Convention Information
Charlotte, NC – August 22 – 28, 2014


This year the National Convention in Charlotte, NC, our delegation hotel will be the Holiday Inn Center City Hotel, located at 230 N College St in downtown Charlotte. Hotel Phone (704) 335-5400. The Hotel does not offer shuttle service.

The hotel is approx. 8 miles from the airport. the Convention Center is approximately 6 blocks from the hotel. Super shuttle is available from the airport to the hotel.

RESERVATIONS – The Department Headquarters will make all reservations, we will work with the Holiday Inn 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 $127.00 plus tax, single or double with two occupants. Extra Occupant is $10.00 per day for each additional person. Room tax is 15.25%. This means that a single or double room, plus tax will be approximately $146.37 per night. The Hotel will require 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.

PARKING – The hotel offers self-parking at $16.00 and valet parking at $20.00 per day.

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.

LEGION CAUCUS – Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 – 1:00 p.m. in the Discovery Ballroom located on the 2nd floor of the Hotel.

AUXILIARY CAUCUS – Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014 – 1:00 p.m. in the Spirit Room located on the 2nd floor of the Hotel.

LEGION OFFICE – Will be located in the Executive Boardroom, located on the 1st floor near the hotel check in desk.


  • Thursday, August 21st:  2 – 4 pm
  • Friday, August 22nd: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 23rd: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, August 24th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
  • Monday, August 25th: The office will officially close on Monday to pack up supplies.

PARADE – Will be held on Sunday, August 24th starting at 4:00p.m. The starting point for this year is the corner of 9th and North Tryon Street, we have been assigned to Division II and we will assemble at 3:45pm on 10th and Tryon Street.

This year’s Parade route is: Start at 9th and Tryon Street and will precede down Tryon Street to the disbanding point at Tryon and Stonewall Street. The reviewing stand will be on Tryon and Levine Ave.

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 North Carolina will be hosting an After Parade Party in the parking lot across from the Charlotte Convention Center on the corner of College and Stonewall Street.

TEXAS PARTY – Sunday, August 24th at 6:30 P.M. will be held in our hotel in the Discovery Ballroom, located on the 2nd floor. Tickets are $35.00 person and must be purchased by August 1st.

NATIONAL COMMANDER’S DINNER – Tuesday, August 26th 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 27, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. Contact the Auxiliary to purchase tickets.

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 - 96th National Convention • Charlotte, NC

 Chair & Equipment Rental

Phone: (704) 333-8431

Contact:  Stacey

800 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC

Wheelchair rental is $30 per week

Scooter Rental is $150 per week up to 375 lbs.

Scooter Rental is $200 per week over 375 lbs.

Advance reservations are required

$40 delivery fee to your hotel 



Phone:  (704) 942-0650

Contact:  Scott TenBroeck

Scooter Rental is $150 per week up to 300 lbs.

Scooter Rental is $200 per week over 300 lbs.

Power Wheelchair is $200 per week up to 375 lbs.

Power Wheelchair is $250 per week over 375 lbs.

Wheelchair rental is $50 per week

Advance reservations are required

Delivery fee is included to your hotel


Scootaround Mobility Solutions

Phone: (888) 441-7575

Wheelchair rental is $195 per week

Scooter Rental is $295 per week up to 300 lbs.

Scooter Rental is $345 per week for heavy duty

Delivery fee is included to your hotel


Tarheel Mobility and Repair Center

Phone: (336) 608-8810

Contact:  Brian Keith

Scooter rental is $199 per week up to 300 lbs.

Scooter rental $209 per week for over 300 lbs. up to 450 lbs.

Powerchair rental is $249 per week

Above fees include pickup and delivery to the Charlotte Convention Center.

Additional $35 delivery fee for delivery to your hotel.

Advance reservations are required


Future Dates and Locations

Baltimore, MD – August 28 to September 3, 2015

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