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The American Legion Toast
Eleven O'Clock Ritual

(Lights out except on Legion Emblem)
(Strike bell eleven times, slowly audience rises -- proceed in a dignified manner)
Hats remain on.

My Comrades:

It is now the Eleventh Hour.  This pause is to remind us that the hour of Eleven has tender significance to all members of the American Legion.

It was the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month at the Eleventh Hour that the guns ceased firing and silence encompassed the Earth.  It was at Eleven that a delirium of joy swept over humanity.

It was then that the soul of the American Legion was born.  It was then that our obligation to our Country and her honored dead was conceived.

Let us now, in this moment of silence, renew our pledge that these honored dead shall not have died in vain;  that the maimed and the widowed and the orphaned shall receive whatever comfort and recompense a grateful people can bestow, and let us again reverently resolve to consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.