The year was 1919. The Great War was over in Europe, and there was turmoil all over. Thousands of American troops were still in Europe, and the process of returning them home was not working smoothly. The officers of the American Expeditionary Force knew something had to be done. A caucus was held in Paris, France. In February the American Legion, still active today, was born. Congress granted The American Legion a national charter in September 1919.