Mission & History | American Legion Post 405

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by the United States Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans. 

It is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvements in the legislation process. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands not behind politics, but the issues and people that institute progress by focusing on veterans rights and quality of life.

American Legion Post 405 - The Union League of Philadelphia, is descended from Meade Post 1 Grand Army of the Republic, established 1866.

Post 405 is dedicated to Benjamin Franklin's service to the United States of America, and is the City of Philadelphia’s cornerstone in support of our military veterans and maintaining the patriotic spirit of our city.

The Post was officially rededicated in 2012.

  January 12, 2012

January 12, 2012

The Mission of the Benjamin Franklin Post:

The Benjamin Franklin Post of the American Legion, Post 405, serves the community of the Greater Philadelphia Area, continuously, punctuated by high-visibility events, by fostering a strong national security, by taking care of veterans and their families, by mentoring the youth of our Nation, and promoting patriotism and honor.