The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veterans’ organization, devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a not-for-profit, community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members, men and women, in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide.
American Legion Post 170, Westcliffe is a 501 (c) (19) as a non-profit organization and is registered with the Colorado Secretary of State with Entity Identification Number (EIN) 2004138960.
Post 170 Honor Guard: Post 170 has a fully uniformed Honor Guard/Color Guard group. We provide funeral services for veterans; lead local parades; post colors for the local school during sports activities. All members of Post 170 are welcome to become a member of the Honor Guard.
Boy Scouts of America: Post 170 is the sponsoring organization for Boy Scout Troop 114 and Cub Scout Pack 114 in our community.
Boys State: The American Legion Westcliffe Post 170 sponsors High School Junior boys every year. All expenses are paid by The American Legion with support from the Wet Mountain Valley Community Foundation. Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs for government instruction for high school students in the nation. It is a participatory program where each delegate becomes a part of the operation of their local, county and state government. Those graduating can apply for up to 4 college credits that are transferable to 99% of all colleges in the U.S. They are exposed to the rights and privileges, the duties and responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by elected and appointed officials duly placed in office of their respective programs. Public officials and professional leaders make presentations and every phase of the program includes practical instruction of public officials and citizens. The Post 170 local contact for Boys State is Carol Kennedy (719-783-2462-H), (719-371-5202-C), email MommaWolf60@gmail.com . All high school junior boys are strongly encouraged to consider this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.