American Legion Auxiliary
Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 1 million members from all walks of life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its programs, as well as other, worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with a complete volunteer force.
In the spirit of Service Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support the American Legion and honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of veterans, military, and their families, both home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate the citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace, and security.
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Americanism stands at the heart of our Auxiliary programs as we teach respect for our country and our nation’s flag. While our Auxiliary promotes many patriotic youth programs our unit’s favorites are the Americanism Essay contest and the Oklahoma Girls State.
For 20 years, the Essay Contest has been alive and flourishing in Grove Oklahoma schools. We have cheered many at the department level (state) and eight National Legion winners. In 2006-2007, Grove students swept the winners circle taking all six categories at the state level.
For years, we have been sending six high school juniors ladies to the Oklahoma Girls state staged at the Oklahoma University campus. The lessons they encounter while participating there are brought back and utilized in their communities of Grove and Jay. They also assist the Auxiliary members when promoting POPPY Day in May. This is a fine to honor our veterans from the battlefields of the great wars in faraway lands to those currently fighting in the War or Terror.