The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) will turn 100 on Nov. 10, 2019. This milestone celebration comes a few months after The American Legion celebrated its centennial in March.
To celebrate this event, Fallon Unit 35 of the American Legion Auxiliary, Fallon Post 35 of the American Legion, and Fallon Squadron 35 of the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders will be hosting a dinner at the Legion Club in Baker from 4:00 – 6:00 pm on Sunday, November 10, 2019. Area veterans will also be honored at the same time since Veterans’ Day will be Monday, November, 11.
The American Legion was founded after the end of World War I in Paris, France. In September of that year, the United States Congress chartered The American Legion. Several women’s organizations wanted to become the official affiliate of the Legion. Instead of associating with an existing organization, the Legion decided to create a new organization with the women most closely associated with the men of the Legion. The American Legion Auxiliary was founded at The American Legion’s second convention on Nov. 10, 1919.
Since their establishments a century ago, the goals of both organizations have been to help veterans and their families. Today, The American Legion has more than 2 million members. The ALA boasts more than 600,000 members who spend millions of volunteer hours serving our mission every year.
The American Legion Auxiliary has stood alongside The American Legion as advocates for veterans’ rights, including passage of the GI Bill, enhancing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits, and ending homelessness among veterans.
Membership in the American Legion Auxiliary is open to all spouses, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters, and granddaughters of American Legion members. Once an exclusively female organization, following the 2019 National American Legion Convention, spouses of veterans who belong to the American Legion are now eligible to join the Auxiliary.