CELEBRATING 100TH ANNIVERSARY,
AMERICAN LEGION OF NEW YORK TO RELEASE
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH TED ROOSEVELT IV
Albany, N.Y – American Legion Post 1 was founded 100 years ago and bears the name of 26th President Teddy Roosevelt. The President’s son, Ted Roosevelt Jr., is a Medal of Honor recipient who served in both World Wars. In 1919, together with a group of fellow veterans, Roosevelt Jr. founded the American Legion, which went on to become the nation’s largest wartime veterans organization.
Department of New York Commander Gary Schacher recently met with Mr. Ted Roosevelt IV, the grandson of one of the founders of the American Legion.
Mr. Roosevelt is currently serving as honorary chairman for the American Legion 100th Anniversary celebration committee. A member of Post 1 in the Department of New York, the former Navy SEAL met with Commander Schacher to discuss the history of the Legion, and where it may go in the future.
A Vietnam War Navy veteran and New York Legionnaire, Roosevelt IV shared some of the history his grandfather, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., helped set in motion in 1919 when the organization was founded in France. “The Legion’s founders believed that the key to success for this new veterans organization was equality,” he said. “You checked your rank at the door. If you took the oath of enlistment and served honorably during wartime, you were eligible for membership in The American Legion, regardless where you served, your gender or race.”
“It was a tremendous honor to meet with Mr. Roosevelt,” said Department of New York Commander Gary Schacher. “Ted has been an ardent supporter of the work that the American Legion does and is himself a staunch advocate for his fellow veterans.”
The interview will premiere at the Department of New York Mid-Winter Conference being held at the Desmond Hotel in Albany on January 25-27, 2019. Following the conference, the video will be made available on the Department website and social media channels.
A preview of the interview is available on YouTube here: Mr. Ted Roosevelt IV meets with Department of NY Commander Gary Schacher.