The Union & League of Romanian Societies of America, Inc.
came into being through the unification of two separate fraternal
organizations, The Union and The League, in 1928.


The Union & League :

1928 After the first serious step had been taken by the two presidents of The Union and The League to unite in 1924, it took another four years for all the details to be worked out to the satisfaction of all the members.. It was determined that the only possible way to keep harmony was through unification with certain conditions to be met by both sides.
1928, May 1st The great day that everyone was waiting for arrived at last. After having already been overwhelmingly approved by members of both organizations in referendums. The Union & League of Romanian Societies of America, Inc. was proclaimed a reality at a joint convention held in Canton, Ohio, on this date. After almost fifteen years of separate, yet friendly existence, the joining of these two organizations became a fact in a huge celebration in Canton on May 13th, with an estimated ten thousand attendants.
1941 - 1945 In 1941 the United States entered the World War II and Romanian American youths were called to serve their country. Having had more opportunities than their parents, these youths achieved higher military rank and distinguished themselves on battlefronts in various parts of the world, many of them being awarded medals for their service. Back home, The Union & League took the initiative in war bond drives, donations, of blood to the Red Cross, the purchase of ambulances and even of an airplane, which was named “The Spirit of The Union & League.”
1948 The adolescents that went to war returned as mature adults and with more education than the previous generation of Romanian Americans. The older generation realized that it was time to turn over the reins to these youngsters. So, for the first time in its history The Union & League elected an American born member of Romanian parents as its nation al president at its Youngstown, Ohio, Convention in 1948. Attorney Joseph J. Craciun, of Warren, Ohio, brought a strong, new impetus to the organization with its vigorous leadership and membership began to increase again.

During this post-war period Romania was suffering through the darkest period of its long history. Bassarabia and Northern Bucovina had been annexed to the Soviet Union and the rest of Romania became a Russian province. Mass deportation of Romanians by the Russian armies stirred all Romanians in America to action on behalf of their beleaguered native land. The Union & League, as well as all other organizations, were well aware that the new regime, imposed by force, was determined to completely destroy the freedoms of the Romanian people. Unable to idly stand by while this tragedy was going on, Romanian American organizations formed a committee, sought an audience with President Harry S. Truman and presented him with a memorandum describing the mass deportations that were taking place

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