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.
2018 National Convention Information
Minneapolis, MN – August 24 – 30, 2018
LOCATION OF HOTEL – The Radisson Blu Minneapolis Downtown Hotel is located at 35 S. 7th St in Minneapolis, MN; Phone: (612) 339-4900; http://radissonbluminneapolis.com the hotel is approx. 12 miles from the airport. The hotel does not offer shuttle service.
RESERVATIONS – The Department Headquarters will make all reservations, we will work with the 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 – Room rates are $129.00 plus tax, single or double with two occupants. Extra Occupant is $20.00 per day for each additional person. Room tax is 13.4%. This means that a single or double room, plus tax will be approximately $146.29 per night. The Hotel requires a credit card or debt card to hold your reservation. The hotel will place a $50.00 hold on your credit card each day to cover any room charges, if not use it will be refunded.
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 Minneapolis please check in with the Department Office to receive your packet and credentials.
PARKING – The hotel offers self-parking at $22.00 +tax per day and valet parking at $38.00 + tax per day. Self-parking is located in the PwC Plaza Seven public parking ramp directly beneath the hotel. The parking ramp entrance is on the east side of the hotel, directly off South 7th Street between Nicollet and Hennepin avenues.
LEGION CAUCUS – Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. in the Room located on the 2nd floor of the Hotel.
AUXILIARY CAUCUS – Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018 – 1:00 p.m. in the Room located on the 2nd floor of the Hotel.
LEGION OFFICE – Will be located in the Room located on the 2nd floor.
AMERICAN LEGION OFFICE HOURS –
- Thursday, August 23rd: 2 – 4 pm
- Friday, August 24th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
- Saturday, August 25th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
- Sunday, August 26th: 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. and 1 – 3 p.m.
- Monday, August 27th: The office will officially close on Monday to pack up supplies.
PARADE – Will be held on Sunday, August 26th starting at 4:00 p.m. The starting point for this year is the corner of and , we have been assigned to Division and we will assemble at 4:45 pm, we will begin boarding the buses at 3:30 pm.
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 – TBD
NATIONAL COMMANDER’S DINNER – Tuesday, August 28th 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 29th at 7:00 P.M. Contact the Auxiliary to purchase tickets.
SEE YOU IN MINNEAPOLIS!
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 & WHEELCHAIR RENTALS
The following discounted rates have been prepared for The American Legion National Convention, August 24 – 30, 2018.
Future Dates and Locations
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.
Indianapolis, IN – August 23 – 29, 2019
Louisville, KY – August 28 – September 3, 2020
Phoenix, AZ – August 27 – September 2, 2021
Milwaukee, WI – August 26 – September 1, 2022