HOUSTON—8/28/13—American Legion Auxiliary Unit 139 in Arlington, Va., was one of only five units to receive the National President’s Award for Excellence by American Legion Auxiliary National President Peggy Thomas. Awards were presented in August at the American Legion Auxiliary’s 93rd National Convention in Houston.
The National President’s Award for Excellence is presented annually to American Legion Auxiliary units that represent the “best of the best” in planning and implementation of the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission. Recipients are selected based on applications that address the unit’s achievements in Auxiliary national goals and objectives in at least three Auxiliary programs.
Unit 139 successfully implemented multiple community-based programs over the past year. As part of an Americanism Program activity, they collected 1,129 retired American flags and transported them to Quantico Marine Corps Base to participate in flag burnings; participated in 14 Honor Flights; distributed 4,600 pocket flags with poppies; organized flag etiquette sessions at nine local schools; and presented 2,400 flags to schools. Unit 139 also held an annual Christmas party for nearly 70 military children with lunch and toys valued at more than $2,500. One of Unit 139’s goals was to support The American Legion’s Children & Youth programs. They donated nearly $5,000 and more than 1,600 volunteer hours to the program.
American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.Contact: Stacy Poca: (317) 569-4565 or spoca@ALAforVeterans.org
"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in."—Marjorie Moore, Belleville, Ill.