The year was 1919 – Woodrow Wilson was President of the United States, Prohibition began, but most importantly, the American Legion Auxiliary was founded. Today, more than 600,000 members from all walks of life represent the ALA’s mission of service toward our veterans, military, and their families. On Nov. 10, 2019, the American Legion Auxiliary officially celebrated 100 years.
In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.
The ALA has four focus areas: veterans and military support, youth development, family support, and advocacy for veterans.
How do we do that?
- advocate for veterans by exercising our right to impact government policy
- educate others by providing instructional resources such as flag etiquette and the meaning of the red poppy
- support youth, especially children of military and veterans, through scholarships and patriotic programs like ALA Girls State
- provide various programs with the end goal of enhancing the lives of veterans, military, and their families.
For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a 100% Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations during all wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; to participate in and contribute to the accomplishment of the aims and purposes of the American Legion; to consecrate and sanctify our association by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.