The American Legion Overseas Graves Decoration Trust Fund was established in the 1920s and provides all American flags – from Emblem Sales, made in the United States – displayed in cemeteries and burial grounds in foreign countries where American troops are buried or commemorated in some other way. The first overseas tomb decoration fundraiser took place in 1921-1922, and its current organizational plan has been in effect since 1935.
The fund financially assists departments and posts outside of the continental United States honor and decorate the individual graves of veterans buried outside facilities controlled by the American Battle Monument Commission. This is done through grants, and the application process for 2022 opens in November. Requests for funds should be sent to the National Treasurer of The American Legion at [email protected], and CC for [email protected]. A required application form will be provided.
The following information is required for each fund request:
1. The name of the veteran.
2. The name and location (city and country) of the cemetery where the veteran is buried.
3. A written quote (not to exceed $ 50) from a local florist, for flowers to decorate the grave of each veteran.
4. A mailing address for Emblem Sales to send in each “American Made in USA Flag” for each grave to be decorated.
5. A mailing address for the national treasurer to mail to each department or post the requested funds for each grave to be decorated.
6. Complete the Overseas Graves Trust grant application form.
December 31st is the application deadline, unless funds remain, submissions received after the deadline may be considered. Grants will be awarded on the basis of merit and the availability of funds. Those who receive grants must provide a written report in a timely manner. If you do not provide such a report, you are not eligible for additional funds in subsequent years. After Action Reports will be forwarded to the National Warrant Officer in due course following Memorial Day ceremonies for filing and subsequent distribution.