The 95th annual state event will generate over 1 million dollars in revenue for the city
This is a repeat visit for the group (they were last here in 2007, and previously in 2000) that includes members of the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion (SAL). Over the three day event, an estimated 2,000 hotel room nights at the Sheraton at the Falls, Comfort Inn "The Pointe", Quality Hotel & Suites, Holiday Inn Niagara Falls, and Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel will be occupied. Most of the convention will be held at The Conference & Events Center Niagara Falls, where Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster will open the event Thursday morning. Department Commander Timothy S. Van Patten will be in attendance, along with Department President Sally Johnston. SAL Detachment Commander John J. Knapp, Sr. will also be in Niagara Falls.
"Niagara USA is ideal for The American Legion to host their annual conference. We are able to provide their leaders and membership with the necessary amenities and ample entertainment opportunities for the organization to enjoy together," John Percy, president & CEO of NTCC, said. "We are pleased to once again, welcome them back and thank them for their service."
In celebration of the convention, The American Legion will conduct a parade starting at 6:30 pm Friday, July 19, departing at Seneca Square and west on Rainbow Blvd., up Old Falls Street, and ending in front of the Conference & Events Center. The parade will include a color guard and five bands, including the award winning American Legion Band of the Tonawandas and the Rensselaer Yankee Doodle Band. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The American Legion was formed by veterans returning from World War I in 1919. They are one of the largest organizations promoting and protecting veterans' benefits and have three million members nationally.
The mission of the Niagara Tourism & Convention Corporation (NTCC) is to expand the economic prosperity of the Niagara USA communities by generating individual and group visitation.