CINCINNATI – Nearly 1,300 women representing the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), headquartered in Indianapolis, will convene in Cincinnati Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 for the organization’s 96th annual National Convention. ALA members from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, together with members of The American Legion and Sons of The American Legion, meet annually to celebrate successes from the administrative year, elect national officers, and set national priorities to guide their organizations in the coming year.
Special guests at this year’s National Convention include the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, who will address The American Legion Family on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, respectively. As a nonpartisan veterans service organization, The American Legion invites candidates from each of the two major parties to address its members every presidential election cycle. Other special guests include U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Peggy C. Combs, who will be presented with the Auxiliary’s Woman of the Year Award at a special luncheon in her honor Aug. 30. The ALA’s Woman of the Year Award is given to outstanding individuals and organizations for efforts that especially benefit the military, veterans, and their families.
The 96th ALA National Convention follows the end of the 2015-2016 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 Cincinnati will also vote on important proposed resolutions.
“Nearly 100 years after our founding in 1919, ALA members continue to embrace our mission decade after decade – visiting veterans in hospitals, sending care packages to troops, providing scholarships to youth, promoting Americanism, advocating for legislation on behalf of our military, and much, much more,” said Sharon Conatser, 2015-2016 ALA national president.
Other convention activities include a patriotic parade through downtown Cincinnati and hands-on workshops for attendees to learn how to better work the ALA’s mission. For all who are unable to attend convention in person, the ALA will host a live video stream and blog, and provide up-to-the-minute updates on social media throughout the week. For more information, visit 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 averaging $2 billion each year. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, ALA 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 ALA’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
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