The national organization of the American Legion Auxiliary will be 100 years old on Sunday, Nov. 10.
Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission is to support the American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military and their families, both at home and abroad.
For God and country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.
After the formation of the American Legion, a number of women's organizations wanted to become officially affiliated with the Legion. The women who had served so faithfully during the trying days of the war (World War I) wanted to continue to serve.
After careful consideration, the committee agreed that a new organization should be made up of the women most closely associated with the men of the Legion, and that these women would serve with the Legion, in peace as they had in war.
The committee decided to build a new organization from the ground up, so the auxiliary could then carry forward the phases of Legion activities more suitably performed by women.
In less than one year, 1,342 local units of the Women’s Auxiliary to the American Legion had been organized in more than 45 states.
Our statement of values is predicated on commitment to the four founding principles – justice, freedom, democracy and loyalty; service to God, our country, its veterans and their families; patriotism and citizenship, personal integrity and family values, respect for the uniqueness of individual members, truthful open communication in dealing with the public and our members, and adherence to the adopted policies and rules.