Letter: American Legion Auxiliary nears 100th anniversary
The American Legion Auxiliary is a remarkable organization with nearly one million women across the country. We are the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the nation devoted to America’s veterans, young people and communities. You may have seen us passing out our trademark crepe poppies, which are handmade by disabled veterans.
We will celebrate our 100th anniversary this year on Nov. 10.
Are you a woman looking for ways to engage in meaningful community service? Right now, we are looking for women of all ages who share our vision of “service not self.” We are seeking new members at our local units.
You may join the American Legion Auxiliary if you are a mother, wife, sister, daughter, granddaughter or great-granddaughter of a veteran of World War I or II, Korean War, Vietnam, Lebanon/Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf War, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Females who served in these conflicts may also join.
For more information, visit www.legion-aux.org. The mission of the ALA is to support The American Legion and honor the sacrifice of those who served by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military and their families, both at home and abroad.
Nationally, our volunteers spend an average of 15.5 million hours each year serving our veterans and communities. One billion in resources is raised and spent on veterans and military families. Nationally, ALA presents $1.4 million in scholarships.
In North Carolina we have 161 local units. In Rowan County we have six local units to choose from. I would be delighted to help anyone who’s interested find a local auxiliary unit. We need many hearts and hands to accomplish our mission.
Those interested in joining can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Julie Smith
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