Why Join the American Legion Auxiliary?
Because we empower women and inspire communities! Nearly 900,000 women
are members of the American Legion Auxiliary, justifiably known as the
nation’s largest patriotic woman’s organization.
In volunteering, members touch lives through programs that teach, inspire
and provide an abundance of opportunities. In serving communities we help
build future women leaders; award scholarships; take care of military members
and their families; support improvements in health issues and rehabilitative
efforts for veterans.
Some of the community events we have organized and co-sponsored with the Post
for this year include: a "Colo-Rectal Cancer Awareness and Prevention Luncheon",
Easter Care-Packages to Troops in Iraq, Thanksgiving Baskets for the Needy, and
our Annual Toys for Tots Christmas Party. We will also: award
Scholarships to graduating local
high school students, help support a variety of community projects, and co-sponsor
with the Post several social events for American Legion Members.
In 1938, the wives and other relatives decided to organize an Auxiliary,
and their first president was Mrs. Leona Hunter. As the minutes indicate,
there were many activities such as visiting the sick, taking gifts to
hospital patients, and making bandages for the Red Cross. The most active
member of the auxiliary was Mrs. Mary Ross. In 1941, the Women's Auxiliary
was formally instituted with a membership of 25 active participants in legion
events. In addition, the H.S.J. Legion Drum and Bugle Corp. played an
important role in various activities as a part of its youth and community
programs with 31 talented musical members. On June 15, 1947 the H.S.J. Legion
Drum and Bugle Corp played in an United Nations Pageant “Drum and Bugle
Corps Contest” at a “Portraits Unveiling” by noted painter
E. Cecil Stoner of which Mrs. Theodore Roosevelt (President’s wife) was
one of the speaker.
The history of the organization is rather unique in terms of its reason of
origin and the make-up of its membership. Although we do not discriminate,
historically, the unique ethnic and racial make-up of Black and Native
American members of Hunter Squires Jackson Post 1218 was due to the imposed
racial segregation of the military until after World War II
Over the years, there have been many county and state officers selected from
the Hunter-Squires-Jackson Post membership who have proudly served New York
State and the Nation in promoting veteran solidarity.
On behalf of
the Hunter Squires Jackson American Legion Auxiliary (Post 1218),
I would like to
extend a warm greeting and an invitation to you to participate in some community
service and social events.
Please email us
Hunter Squires Jackson American Legion Post 1218
for more information.