Following World War I, the American Legion was born in Paris, France, during March of 1919. The primary purpose of the Legion, then and now, was to advocate for veterans. In May, 1919, the organization relocated to St. Louis, Missouri and has grown into the world's largest veteran organization.
On August 3rd, 1946, Stafford American Legion Post 290 was chartered within the Department of Virginia. With the conclusion of World War II, the American Legion enjoyed its single largest year of growth nationally and here in Virginia in 1946. The first Post Commander was James Ashby, Jr. Growing pains were experienced by the Post during the early years, but the leadership of Stafford veterans was recognized in 1966 when Wilbur L. Gray of Post 290 would be elected to serve as the Department Commander and lead the American Legion here in Virginia.
Over the years, the Post would become involved in many activities: Boys State, American Legion Baseball, Americanism programs, Leadership Medallion recognition, Sons of the American Legion, scholarship awards, Junior Shooter's and many community outreach programs. Much of ours success is attributable to our close association with Unit 290 of the American Legion Auxiliary. Post 290 takes great pride in its support of ALL American Legion activities and is perennially considered one of the strongest Posts in the Department of Virginia.