A fraternity of ladies and gentleman that have selflessly given to their country.


American Legion

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veteran’s organization. Focusing on service to veterans, service members and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States.

Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. One of those Posts to spring up later was Palisades Post 283.

On May 15th 1928 future commanders C.D. Clearwater and F. J. Sauer held a meeting at the Temescal Canyon Dining Hall, taking their initial steps toward the formation of an American Legion post for the Palisades District.

Palisades Post 283 was granted it’s Charter in July 1928, and quickly established itself as a place where veterans from all branches could come together as an active force of positive leadership in the community.

Today Palisades Post is home to an entire Legion family including Auxiliary Unit 283, and Sal Squadron 283.

It continues to be a place where veterans can gather, and come together to serve the community through active involvement in programs such as: Boys State/Girls State, American Legion Baseball, Valley Forge Workshops, Scholarships and more.

First annual Ex-Servicemen’s Dinner, Spring, 1928, in the Dining Hall Temescal Cyn. Guests of Palisades Service Station. This Dinner lead to the founding and charter of the Pacific Palisades American Legion Post 283.

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The American Legion is a Congressionally chartered mutual-aid veterans organization of the United States armed forces founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime period as defined by the United States Congress.

The American Legion was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe after World War I, and was later chartered under Title 36 of the United States Code. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and also has offices in Washington D.C. The group has nearly 3 million members in over 14,000 Posts worldwide.

The American Legion’s national headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with additional offices in Washington, DC.

To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the great wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.