American Legion Auxiliary Unit 284 Belleview, Fla. collected items to put in stockings to troops overseas.
Included in the stockings were puzzle books, pencils, pens, socks, tooth paste, tooth brushes, disposable razors, hard candy, deodorant, bandanas, fly catchers, and more.
Their unit shipped more than 100 stockings.
Pictured from left to right: back row—Ruthie Patenaude—Eunice Crumb—JoEllen Kiepper—Kathy Mills
Front row—Joyce Sizemore—Virginia Higgenbothom—Francine Jeffers—Joy Armstrong—Kay Conklin.
Sent to us by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 501, Madison, Wisconsion:
In the past two years, we have made 370 stockings. This has been done with only 8 members working on them. We have made the decision that this will be an ongoing project for the veterans.
The veterans have been so grateful to receive these gifts. We have also made 50 personal totes plus catheter straps used at the veterans hospital. The ladies had a lot of fun doing this project.
Seated left to right: Millie Boylan and Irene Hardy
Standing left to right: Eileen Hardy, Nicole Hanson, Betty Ingwell (President), Becky Lovell, Ellie Paulson, and Linda Stewart.
Tennessee American Legion Auxiliary President Genneva Petitt recently received the Excellence Award from American Legion Department of Tennessee Commander Mike Hammer in honor of and appreciation for her service to the American Legion Auxiliary. The award recognized Petitt for demonstrating dynamic leadership and astute judgment, providing firm guidance and positive direction in fulfilling the mission of the Tennessee American Legion Auxiliary. She is a member and former president of Tennessee American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 in Decatur.
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THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY Tennessee Unit 81 presented checks to the North Lee and Bythe Bower elementary schools. The $100 check to North Lee was used for school supplies. Unit 81 also collected box tops and presented North Lee with 500 box top coupons. At Blythe Bower, the Auxiliary delivered six boxes of school supplies, underwear, socks and 41 pairs of shoes.
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This photo was taken in the Reflection Room. It is from the end of the War: Photography exhibit at the Corcoran Art Gallery in Washington, D.C. In Flanders Fields is printed on the wall and visitors are encouraged to write a note and
leave it on the wall in the room. ALA member Melanie Taylor and ALA Unit 1 helped get poppies in the room for visitors to have.
Poem Submitted by a Member of Unit 482 in Ojai, California
Our flag now flies so freely,
Its message to proclaim.
The story of our freedom
Not fortune, greed nor fame.
The stripes stand for the colonies
Thirteen red and white,
Stars for each and every state,
A symbol of our fight.
Through the years the image changed
And then new versions made,
Our flag still stands for freedom
Don’t let its history fade.
So every time you see it now,
Unfurled flying free,
Remember what it means to us,
A hard fought victory.
We fought and won the battles,
America the Beautiful,
From sea to shining sea.
Our freedom won and held so dear
The flag now flying true,
We love our great United States
The red, the white, the blue.
Cheyanne Givens is an American Legion Jr. Auxiliary Member of Post 428 in Banning, Cali. Her dad, Andrew Givens, is an Army combat veteran in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Cheyanne used all her allowance money and bought string, beads, and key chain rings and made bracelets and key chains with service ribbon colors for the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraqi Campaign, Afghanistan and Red, White and Blue.
“She said she wanted to sell them and give the money to the Legion Auxiliary in Banning to help veterans,” Andrew said. “She was so excited, and we were so surprised, when she raised $26.50 the first day.”
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Army Sgt. First Class William Herr was presented with a Quilt of Honor by the Kouts American Legion Auxiliary. Herr thanked attendees at the presentation for their support during his five tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.
“There are times you deal with people who don’t want you in their country, who hate you, who want to kill you, and it all comes down to this right here,” said Herr, choking up and gesturing to his friends, family, neighbors, former teachers, strangers, “You see why you did it.”
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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 848 member Toni Lou Gordon was named Unit Member of The Year. While she appreciates the recognition, she doesn’t want anyone to overlook all the other deserving women of the American Legion Auxiliary.
“I believe all of us have been amazing volunteers and do a lot for our post and veterans — and for each other,” Gordon said. “These women are phenomenal in giving and caring above and beyond.”
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Carol LaGard (left), of LaPorte, 2013-14 president of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Indiana, and Beverly Swaim, of Roanoke Unit 160, department chairman of children and youth, tour the Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital in Indiana. As a special project for her year as president, LaGard has chosen to decorate a patient room at the hospital. Members of the American Legion, Auxiliary, Sons and Juniors will help raise $25,000 for the project, with any excess funds to be given to the hospital’s communications center for speech and hearing equipment.
US President Obama celebrated his 52nd birthday on August 4. This video shows the American Legion Auxiliary’s Girls and Boys Nations singing “Happy Birthday” to President Obama during a visit to the East Room of the White House on the same day. Credit: White House
1958 Girls Nation, Washington, D.C.
Past National President Mrs. Harold S. Burdett gave President Eisenhower the first Legion/Auxiliary Veterans poppy for 1954 during ceremonies at the White House.