Since its founding in 1902 (with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt) the Navy League of the United States has provided a powerful voice for a stronger sea service to Congress and to the American People. The Navy League has grown to become the foremost citizens’ organization to serve, support, and stand with all the U.S. sea services; the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S. flag Merchant Marine.
With oceans bordering its eastern, western, and southern coasts, the United States is indeed a maritime nation and requires strong sea services, which are critical elements of homeland security and peace.
Navy League has compiled an impressive record of accomplishments by members who are recognized for their integrity, patriotism, and community service. Since the Navy Leagues founding, it has grown to become a worldwide organization with more than 60,000 members in 250 councils. Council membership includes more than 250 corporate and community affiliate members as well.
Today, the Navy Leagues original mission is focused on two main initiatives; First, the Navy Leagues public education efforts are designed to inform the nation and its political leaders of the vital importance to the country of comprehensive and fully prepared sea services. Second, the Navy League, primarily through its councils, provides support for active duty sea services personnel and their families.
In keeping with its educational objective, the Navy League also supports Americas young people through successful youth programs, including sponsorship of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and the Navy League Foundation Scholarship Program. Navy Day in the United States is still largely recognized as October 27th.