BANGOR, Maine — State American Legion representatives are expecting between 300 and 500 Legionnaires representing all of Maine’s 176 posts to converge on Bangor next weekend for the 93rd annual convention.
The event — featuring organizational resolutions; meetings; award presentations for firefighter, law officer, educator and Legionnaire of the year as well as check presentations to charities and programs such as Special Olympics of Maine, Boys State, and camps for blind and visually impaired children — opens at noon Friday and continues through Sunday morning.
Sen. Olympia Snowe and Rep. Mike Michaud will attend with Snowe appearing Friday and Michaud Saturday morning.
“We’re the largest veterans service organization in the U.S. and we do various things for veterans like helping them obtain veterans government and medical services,” said Legion State Adjutant Lloyd Woods, a U.S. Navy veteran who served from 1965-69. “We represent 23,000 members in Maine.”
The Bangor Civic Center will be the main location for all convention events and meetings, with Fireside Inn and Suites the host hotel for Legion members and Fairfield Inn for Legion Auxiliary members.
Bangor has become the host location of choice for the annual event.
“We’ve had it for the last two or three years in Bangor and have it scheduled for two more years here,” said Woods. “It’s considered the central part of the state with it being almost perfectly centrally located in Maine.”
The convention’s keynote speaker will be Maine National Guard Adjutant Gen. John Libby.
“Any veteran or Legionnaire is more than welcome on Friday to attend sessions. We only suggest they come with their Legion cap on,” Woods said.
Elections for officers will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday with a 7 p.m. installation for new officers. A dance for all Legion and family members will start at 8 p.m.
Members will also vote on a resolution on American Legion policy on hazardous environmental exposures.
“Our resolutions are largely administrative this year,” Woods said.