History of the American Legion Auxiliary

Memorial Day Parade 2012


Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. With national membership at nearly 800,000, local American Legion Auxiliary units have a strong presence in more than 9,500 communities across the country. The American Legion Auxiliary’s mission 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. We promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.





Poppy Day has become a familiar tradition in almost every American community. This distribution of the bright red memorial flower to the public is one of the oldest and most widely recognized programs of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Connecting the visual image of the poppy with the sacrifice of service made by our veterans has been an important goal of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program since its inception in 1921. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies—all handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation—are distributed across this country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our communities.


County Meeting 2012