To the editor:
The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary hosted the district meeting at the American Legion Hall on Sanford Road in Westport on September 22 . More than 40 Women’s Auxiliary members were present coming from all over Massachusetts as far as the border of New Hampshire. Some of the auxiliary members present were in ill health while others were long standing members happy to see some younger volunteers to carry on the service to veterans.
Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary has nearly one million members from all avenues of life. Although not veterans themselves, the women who form this organization are wives, mothers, granddaughters or sisters of veterans. The Auxiliary nationwide is responsible for leading hundreds of volunteer programs, giving tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, raising millions of dollars to support its own programs as well as other charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with Volunteers.
The auxiliary, originally organized to assist the American Legion has achieved its own identity while working with veterans who belong to the American Legion and other veteran organizations as well as encompassing the entire community.
The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary is the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world. There are more than 10,500 units located worldwide. There’s a unit in every state and some in foreign countries. The women’s auxiliary embodies the spirit of America and has prevailed through times of war and peace. The American Legion Women’s Auxiliary solidly stands behind America and her ideals.
I am proud to be a part of this organization and what it stands for. We will as always continue to work for veterans and the community.
Proudly Serving Veterans and the Community,
American Legion Women’s Auxiliary historian