UPDATE: This event had been cancelled. No further information is available at this time.
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The national commander of the American Legion, Dan Dellinger, will tour Veterans Memorial Hall Saturday, May 17, and hold a meet and greet as part of his trip to northern Illinois.Dellinger’s Memorial Hall tour will begin at 10 a.m. A meet and greet will begin at 10:30 a.m., and end at noon. He will also visit local American Legion posts to talk with veterans about the issues of the day. His visit will conclude with the annual Armed Forces Day Dinner at the Yorkville American Legion Post 489.
Dellinger, of Vienna, Va., was elected national commander of the 2.4 million-member American Legion August 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas during the 95th National Convention of The American Legion. An Army Infantry officer, he graduated with a criminology degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He served at Fort Benning, Ga., during the Vietnam War and entered the U.S. Army Reserve in 1972, separating in 1984 at the rank of captain.
A member of the Dyer-Gunnell American Legion Post 180 in Vienna since 1982, Dellinger was made a life member in 1990. He has served as post, district and department commander and chaired numerous committees.
At the national level, Dellinger chaired the Legislative, National Security and Economics commissions as well as the Aerospace Committee. He served as chairman of the Legislative Council and Membership and Post Activities Committee. He has been a member of the Foreign Relations Council, Policy Coordination, Veterans Planning and Coordinating committees as well as the Legislative Council.
Veterans Memorial Hall is at 211 N. Main St., downtown Rockford.