The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary
Founded in 1919, The American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.
While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals.
The American Legion Auxiliary is first established to support The American Legion.
The first National Convention convenes in Kansas City, MO. The Poppy of Flanders Field becomes the memorial flower of the Auxiliary.
The Auxiliary moves its National Headquarters to the War Memorial Plaza in Indianapolis, IN.
It is decided that only veteran-made poppies will be distributed by the Auxiliary.
The Auxiliary establishes Junior membership.
The American Legion Auxiliary’s Bulletin becomes the National News.
The Girls State program is created.
The Auxiliary’s program for the rehabilitation of disabled veterans is created.
The first Girls Nation is held in Washington, DC.
The first Golden Press/Golden Mike media awards are presented.
The first Women’s Fourum on National Security convenes in Washington.
The Auxiliary Emergency Fund is established.
Cavalcade of Memories is established at National Headquarters.
President Carter signs a bill extending Legion eligibility to Vietnam-era veterans.
The first Awareness Assembly is held in Washington, DC, replacing The Women’s Forum.
Heart of America Awards are initiated, replacing the Golden Press/Golden Mike Awards.
Eligibility is extended to veterans of Grenada, Lebanon, and Panama.
Eligibility is extended to veterans of the Persian Gulf hostilities.
The 50th session of Girls Nation is celebrated.
The American Legion Auxiliary celebrates it 80th year.
The American Legion Auxiliary becomes a host sponsor of the Department of National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
In response to the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, Auxiliary members donated nearly $100,000 to various relief efforts.
American Legion Auxiliary members respond to the wartime deployment of U.S. Troops overseas in “Operation Iraqi Freedom
American Legion Auxiliary National President JoAnn Cronin raises over $100,000 for the Auxiliary’s co-hosted event: the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
American Legion Auxiliary National President Jan Pulvermacher-Ryan begins an endowment fund for the National President’s Scholarship entitled “Educating Children of Warriors.” The goal is $1.2 million.
The Auxiliary moves its National Headquarters to 8945 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis.
November 10, 2009 the American Legion Auxiliary celebrates its 90th anniversary of Service Not Self for Veterans, God and Country.