American Veterans (AMVETS) national organization’s commitment to service traces back to its roots in 1944 when veteran volunteers first began helping veterans of World War II obtain the benefits promised them by the federal government. As the number of returning veterans swelled into the millions, it was evident that some sort of nationally organized assistance for them would be needed. The older established national groups wouldn’t do what the leaders of this new generation of veterans wanted their own organization.
With that in mind, eighteen of them, representing nine veterans’ clubs, met in Kansas City, Missouri and founded The American Veterans of World War II on Dec. 10, 1944. Less than three years later, on July 23, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed Public Law 216, making AMVETS the first World War II organization to be chartered by Congress.
Since then, the original charter has been amended several times to admit as members those who served in different eras. Today, membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the U.S. Armed Forces from World War II to the present, to include the National Guard and Reserves.
In 1862, in the midst of the Civil War, President Lincoln signed into law the establishment of national cemeteries “for the soldiers who shall die in the service of their country.” The first bell tower was installed at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Approved by an Act of Congress in October 1949, the bell tower was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman on December 21, 1949, with his now immortal words, “…As these bells ring …honored dead rest … freedom lives…”.
AMVETS Tallahassee Post 1776 charted it local Post in 2009. And has been serving the Tallahassee and Big Bend area for over 14 years.
And now our Local AMVETS Post 1776, from its beginnings in 2009, has raised its own Bell Tower Carillon at the 250-acre national cemetery in Tallahassee, Florida. It was dedicated July 8, 2021, and will serve the burial needs of more than 83,000 veterans and their spouses and dependent children in the cemetery’s service area over the next 100 years. Our Tower is 40 feet in height and weighs over 5,000 pounds. It plays religious, patriotic and military songs on demand and was installed on February 12, 2021. It was dedicated to the Tallahassee National Cemetery on July 8, 2021.
As a volunteer-led organization, we annually elect and/or appoint officers at the national, district, department and post levels. Each August, representatives from these levels attend the AMVETS national convention to make decisions on issues affecting veterans and the organization.
The AMVETS organization has grown and evolved over the years to best serve each new generation of veterans and their families. Explore this local Post website to appreciate the services, programs and public policy impact we strive for every day.
We have some new adventures and programs on the horizon here in the Tallahassee area, come join us. Membership information can be found on this website and do take a look at our newsletters that are also posted on this website, they will more easily show you the many services and programs we have been involved in.
From the membership of AMVETS Tallahassee Post 1776, thank you for visiting our site.