—8/17/17—INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 9,000 Legion Family members, including 2,000 women representing the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), will convene Aug. 28-24 in Reno, Nev. for the National Conventions of The American Legion Family. 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. This year marks the ALA’s 97th National Convention.
The event follows the end of the 2016-2017 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.
“The ALA has existed for almost 100 years now, and our contributions to veterans, our country, and our communities have proven to be just what our country needs. American Legion Auxiliary members in 2016-2017: Focused on their Legion Family working together to support our collective missions; provided even more help for veterans; and created new paths to help at VA medical centers,” said Mary Davis, 2016-2017 ALA 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. Davis will present the award to Cameron Cruse and Lisa Bradley, co-founders of R. Riveter, at a special luncheon in their honor on Aug. 22.
Other activities include a patriotic parade through Reno and hands-on workshops for members 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 (ALA) 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.###
Contact: Kristen Geczy at 317-569-4566 (office) or 850-814-6684 (cell); kgeczy@ALAforVeterans.org