Legion Auxiliary To Honor MLK Jan. 15

To The Reader’s Forum:

On Jan. 15, local American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) members join hundreds of thousands of Americans in making the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday “a day on, not a day off,” by serving in his honor. King used his influence as a civil rights leader to leave a great legacy of community service, and members of the ALA were proud to be a part of that special day.

Auxiliary members all over the country concentrate their efforts toward those who gave unselfishly to this country — our veterans. Some of the country-wide events will include veterans-centered service projects such as job fairs, meal delivery, beautification projects, home improvements, and bringing friends along to volunteer at VA Medical Centers.

The Samuel L. Derby Post #556 Auxiliary serves their community in several ways, helping local veterans and families in need, as well as supporting the fundraising efforts of other local groups and events. It also supports programs to help teach children about respect for our flag and the foundations of our country by providing materials to school libraries and offering children’s activities. They participate in the ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. The Auxiliary works in tandem with the Veterans and the Sons to provide family friendly activities at Post #556 where members and their loved ones can come together in an atmosphere that reflects the respect and pride for their service and the service of other before them.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), a federal agency that oversees the nation’s domestic service initiatives, leads the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service in partnership with the King Center and nonprofits, community groups, schools, and businesses across the country. As a partner with CNCS, the ALA found it important to join the efforts.

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.

Candy Johnson