The Blackfox-Hartness American Legion Post 135, in Tahlequah, is named in honor of Robert Blackfox and Roger Dale Hartness.
Preamble to the
Constitution of The American Legion:
We associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To uphold and
defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to
maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred
percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of
our associations in the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of
individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to
combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make
right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on
earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of
justice, freedom and democracy; to consecrate and sanctify our
comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a
patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. The
community-service organization now has nearly 4 million members,
both men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts
worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 departments, one
each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico,
France, Mexico, and the Philippines.
The American Legion's national headquarters is in
Indianapolis, In. In addition to thousands of volunteers serving
in leadership and program implementation capacities in local
communities, the Legion's standing national commissions and
committees, the national organization has a regular full-time
staff of about 300 employees.