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The National Headquarters of The American Legion is a large four-story building located near the Indiana War Memorial Plaza, a five-block area in downtown Indianapolis listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The $2.5 million headquarters building features Indiana limestone, and is considered one of the finest structures of its kind. It is a gift to the Legion from the people of Indiana. The American Legion Mall is right next to National Headquarters. It features a sunken garden, with a cenotaph and four Art Deco columns topped with stylized golden eagles. Built in 1931, the cenotaph is a tribute to the Hoosiers who gave their lives in World War I. National Headquarters includes the offices of the national commander, national adjutant and executive director. It also houses the historical archives and library, the National Executive Committee room, the art gallery, the museum, finance operations, and editorial offices for The American Legion Magazine, the Dispatch and the Online Update, as well as offices for Internal Affairs, Americanism, Children & Youth, Public Relations, and Convention & Meetings. History- The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at over 2 million in more than 13,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.