American Legion Auxiliary

World's Largest Women's patriotic Service Organization

Spring Hill, Florida Post 186

A timeline celebrating 80 years of achievements

1919 The American Legion Auxiliary is first established to support The American Legion.
1921 The first National Convention convenes in Kansas City, MO. The Poppy of Flanders Field becomes the memorial flower of the Auxiliary.
1925 The Auxiliary moves its National Headquarters to the War Memorial Plaza in Indianapolis, IN.
1927 It is decided that only veteran-made poppies will be distributed by the Auxiliary.
1934 The Auxiliary establishes Junior membership.
1936 The American Legion Auxiliary's Bulletin becomes the National News.
1937 The Girls State program is created.
1944 The Auxiliary's program for the rehabilitation of disabled veterans is created.
1947 The first Girls Nation is held in Washington, DC
1950 The first Golden Press/Golden Mike media awards are presented.
1953 The first Women's Fourum on National Security convenes in Washington.
1970 The Auxiliary Emergency Fund is established.
1972 Cavalcade of Memories is established at National Headquarters.
1979 President Carter signs a bill extending Legion eligibility to Vietnam-era veterans.
1980 The first Awareness Assembly is held in Washington, DC, replacing The Women's Forum.
1988 Heart of America Awards are initiated, replacing the Golden Press/Golden Mike Awards.
1990 Eligibility is extended to veterans of Grenada, Lebanon, and Panama.
1992 Eligibility is extended to veterans of the Persian Gulf hostilities.
1995 The 50th session of Girls Nation is celebrated.
2000 The American Legion Auxiliary celebrates it 80th year.

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