|"The History Behind The Emblem"|
| The Rays of the Sun
The rays of the sun form the backround of our proud emblem, and suggest that the Legion's principles will dispel the darkness of violence and evil.
The wreath forms the center, in loving memory of those brave comrades who gave their lives in the service of the United States, that liberty might endure.
The star, victory symbol of World War II, signalizes as well; honor, glory, and constancy. The letters U.S. leaves no doubt as to the brightest star in the Legion star.
|Two Large Rings
The outer ring stands for the rehablitation of our sick and disabled buddies.
The inner ring denotes the welfair of America's children.
|Two Small Rings
Two small rings, set upon the start. The outer ring pledges loyality and Americanism. The inner ring is for service to our communities, our state and the Nation.
|Every part of the American Legion Emblem has a meaning, a rich symbolism that a glance does not reveal.
The Legion Emblem is laid upon the rays of the sun, giver of life, warmth and courage; foe of the cold, of the darkness, of fear, of apprehension. In turn each of the Emblem's many parts signifies a meaning which no American Legionnaire who wears the Emblem should take lightly, and which he or she should know from the first moment the Emblem is put on.
Why does the star signify constancy of purpose? Because the stars are fixed in the heavens. As the stars do not wander, so should The American Legion not wander from its fixed purposes.
**Here in pictures, the meanings of all the symbols of the American Legion Emblem are presented:**