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History of Post 66

The American Legion, Post 66 San Luis Obispo, CA was chartered September 26, 1919, with 43 members. The first meeting was held on Thursday October 2, 1919 at the Old Mission San Luis Obispo Hall. The original 1919 charter of Post 66 is framed and hangs on the wall in our Legion clubhouse. The charter lists the names of our 43 charter members and the names are also listed in the sidebar below.

We are over 500 members strong and growing. Post 66 is an integral part of the greater San Luis Obispo community and a proud advocate for veterans on the local, state, and national level. We have members locally from Santa Maria to Paso Robles, with about 50 out-of-state members who still value their connection with veterans in San Luis Obispo, Post 66. There are over 21,000 veterans in our county.

The American Legion is a powerful force in our nation’s Capitol! The American Legion is the nation’s largest, most influential, effective and dependable veterans service organization. The American Legion was founded upon four pillars of service in 1919. Today we continue to pledge ourselves to...


Pillars of Service


These four pillars of service shape our work and what we do for America.
In contrast to other veterans’ organizations, the American Legion offers a number of local programs and activities to strengthen our grass roots commitment to the veterans, their families and the communities we serve.

A Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans from our local Legion post all the way to the halls of leadership in Washington, D.C. The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.

The mission statement of San Luis Obispo Post 66 is:

“American Legion Post 66 exists to support fellow
veterans, their families, and our community."

5 core values support our Mission:

Support Veterans and their families: Veteran Stand Downs, Veterans’ Treatment Court, Military Parents and Friends support group, Welcome Home Military Heroes, Memorial Day, 9-11 programs, Honor Flight, Amp Surf, and Operation Surf Adventure

Support Youth Leadership and Development: Academic Scholarships, Boy’s and Girl’s State, and Sea Cadets

Promote Community Outreach: Flag Ceremonies, Farmers Market, Web site and Social Media

Maintain Strong Post Operations and Administration: Leadership Development, Volunteerism

Maintain Active Membership: Newsletters, BBQs, Monday Social Nights


Post 66, like most non-profit organization, is run by good volunteers, like you. Here are a few areas where we routinely need good volunteers to help get the job done.

Post 66 is one of the 19 posts in -


District 16, which is one of
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Area 6, which is 1 of the six areas in -


the Department of California, which
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Photo by Patric Donigan, Post 534.

Photo by Patric Donigan, Post 534.




Post 66 Member Handbook