Inspiring actions often inspire others to action. The American Legion Auxiliary’s prestigious Public Spirit Award recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for contributions that positively impact communities through service to our military, veterans, and their families. Every year, we celebrate those who make a difference through a creative body of work or even a single generous act. Previous recipients have included U.S. presidents and government officials as well as regular citizens who saw a need and took action. Established in 1983, this award is presented at the American Legion Auxiliary’s annual Washington DC Conference. The recipient is selected by the American Legion Auxiliary national president and must be present to accept the award.
The American Legion Auxiliary has awarded Sarah Smiley, author of Dinner with the Smileys, and her family – husband Lt. Cmdr. Dustin Smiley, and sons Ford (12), Owen (10) and Lindell (6) – with its prestigious Public Spirit Award. American Legion Auxiliary National President Nancy Brown-Park presented the award at a special reception in the Smileys’ honor March 25 at the Auxiliary’s annual Washington DC Conference.
Sarah Smiley is author of the best-selling book Dinner with the Smileys, in which she chronicled a year of weekly dinners with community members and leaders while her Navy husband was deployed.
“I was moved when I read Sarah’s book,” said Brown-Park. “The sacrifices she, her husband, and their sons have made for our country are commendable – they are the sacrifices military families everywhere make every day. We honor their dedication and applaud the awareness Sarah has brought to the military family community.” View News Release
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