INDIANAPOLIS—8/20/14—Nearly 2,000 women representing the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) will convene in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 22-28 for the organization’s 94th annual national convention. Auxiliary members from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, together with members of The American Legion and the Sons of The American Legion, meet annually to set national priorities to guide their organizations in the coming year.
The event follows the end of the 2013-2014 administrative year and provides an opportunity for ALA leadership to hear from national committee chairmen on successes and issues relevant to the Auxiliary’s longstanding mission of serving veterans, the military and their families. Delegates to the national convention in Charlotte will also vote on important proposed resolutions.
“Two thousand women will gather to honor and celebrate America's veterans, military and their families, and to set the course for another year in Auxiliary members' century of service to the mission,” said Nancy Brown-Park, 2013-2014 national president.
A highlight of the ALA’s national convention is the presentation of the Woman of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for efforts that especially benefit the military, veterans and their families. Brown-Park will present the award to U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson at a special luncheon in Johnson’s honor on Aug. 26.
Other activities include expert-led skill-building workshops for attendees as a way to extend Auxiliary mission outreach.
For ALA advocates unable to attend convention this year, the organization will feature live streaming and blogging, a detailed online convention page as well as photos posted throughout the week on our social media site using #auxcon. More information is available at www.ALAforVeterans.org.
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.
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