The Four Pillars of The American Legion


Ever since our founding in 1919, the Four Pillars have symbolized our commitment to the ideals of The American Legion and how we incorporate those ideals into actions. Each pillar represents our programs that support Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. The Veteran, our Community, and the Children & Youth all benefit from Post 626 programs.

Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation

VA&R Committee members donate money, games and puzzles to the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron.

Our VA&R Committee is active in supporting local veterans in need of temporary assistance, assisting with VA medical care and benefit claims, making donations to Missouri Veterans Homes in Cameron and Warrensburg, as well as Volunteering at and making bi-annual donations to the Kansas City VA Medical Center and area CBOC's. We do have a service Officer who can assist with filing claims for benefits and getting registered for care at the VA.

All of the funds raised in our bi-annual Poppy Donation Drives goes into these programs. These drives are held on or near Veterans Day and Memorial Day at the Walmart Superstore on the corner of 72nd St. and N. Prospect. Come on by and get your poppy! (See calendar for details)

National Security

Joe Farris presents annual donation to Surviving Spouses And Family Endowment Fund director.

You may think of National Security as big picture issues overseas, defending our borders, adequate spending on our Armed Forces and so on. And it is important to The American Legion as a whole, and we do work on that as a body. But here at home we also work locally to support our First Responders. If we as a community are not safe at home, if a deployed military members family is not safe at home, that adversely affects our National Security.

To that end, Post 626 makes annual donations to the Surviving Spouse And Family Endowment Fund (SAFE) which supports the family's of fallen First Responders in our area. We also recognize the service of our First Responders through our Firefighter/EMT and Law Enforcement Awards, recently recognizing two firefighters at the state level.


Post members pose with American Legion Oratorical Contestants at Staley High School.

 To serve Americanism is to promote an understanding and appreciation of American government, the rights and responsibilities of American citizenship, and activity in the American way of life through youth activities, community service, instruction of prospective citizens and legal immigrants, education and educational facilities, and protection of the U.S. flag from physical desecration. 

There are many programs in The American Legion that promote Americanism. Post 626 is involved in Boys and Girls States, High School Oratorical Contests, School Awards, and Vets in the classroom. Post members also participate in local schools Veterans Day programs, promote the US Flag Code, host a Memorial Day Ceremony, and log thousands of hours of community service every year.

We have the capacity to participate in many more programs, like Cadet Patrol and Junior Shooting, we just need your participation!

Children & Youth

Post members hand out flyers for North Kansas City School Districts "Stuff the Bus" supply drive.


The American Legion's Children & Youth programs are designed to assure care and protection for the children of veterans; improve conditions for all children and youth with due concern for maintaining the integrity of the family home; prevent social and physical ills of children and youth where possible, utilizing services of and cooperating with sound organizations and agencies for children and youth; maintain a balanced program that provides for their physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs.

Post members have logged many hours of community service hours at events like the North Kansas City School Districts "Stuff the Bus" (above) and Gladstones Friday Fright Night. We also contribute to programs that promote child welfare, participate in Temporary Financial Assistance to help keep the children of Legionnaires in the family home, and contribute to local scholarships by participating in their fund drives and through donations.

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