Partnership in Patriotism - American Legion B. Leo Dolan Post 410 - Auxiliary





Partnership in Patriotism



Ladies Auxiliary
B. Leo Dolan Post 410 - American Legion
Lockport, N.Y.

Established May 24, 1924

Meetings:  2nd Tuesday of the Month, 7:30PM

In this world of ours, the American Legion Auxiliary shines as an example of unselfish and giving.

With almost a million members from all walks of life, the Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its committees and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to most Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.

The auxiliary, organized in 1919 to assist The American Legion, is much more than the name implies. The organization has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary's interests have broadened to encompass the entire community. The American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 Units located in every state in some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with the American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals.

 

The Poppy Story

"From the battlefields of World War 1, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature. the spirit of their lost comrades lived on.

The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war, and represented the hope that none had died in vain. The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy has continued to bloom for the casualties of four wars, its petals of paper bound together for veterans by veterans, reminding America each year that the men and women who have served and died for their country deserve to be remembered.

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.

This poppy, as a memorial flower to the war dead, can be traced to a single individual, Miss Moina Michael. She was so moved by Col. McCrae's poem that she wrote a response

…the blood of heroes never dies
But tends a luster to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders' Fields.

On impulse, she bought a bouquet of poppies - all that New York City's Wanamaker's Department Store had - and handed them to businessmen meeting at the New York YMCA where she worked. She asked them to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fallen. That was November, 1918. World War I was over but America's sons would rest forever "in Flanders' Fields." Later, she would spearhead a campaign that would result in the adoption of the poppy as the national symbol of sacrifice.



 

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