On September 16, 1919, the U.S. Congress granted a national charter to the American Legion, an organization of U.S. war veterans. Ever since then, they have supported a wide range of community events, charities, and programs including: Troop & Family Support, Boy’s State, the American Legion Legacy Scholarship program, the National Emergency Fund, 4H, baseball leagues, and many more.

September 16th is also the birthday of “Mad Jack” Churchill (1906-1996), who was a true eccentric. He went to war in WWII armed with a broadsword and a longbow. (The latter was successfully used to dispatch several German soldiers.) He later became a devoted surfer. What a guy.