Veterans Day, “…a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good”.
This quote was taken from a History of Veterans Day found online. We thank all military personnel who have served the United States.
Happy Fall, everyone! I am sitting in my office, with a cup of coffee, trying to think of a message that you will find interesting. First of all, I want to say that I enjoyed my trip around North Dakota to all ten districts of the American Legion and the Auxiliary. What an honor to visit these communities where we meet in an American Legion Hall, a Senior Citizen Center, a church, or a community hall—these are all major facilities in any small community. The door is open to all who enter. We are all welcome, plans have been made, food is served, conversation is buzzing, the meeting begins, ideas are exchanged—we have one common goal—to serve the veteran, the military and their families. What a wonderful organization this is. Each community has their special projects, special events and programs where they honor the veterans.
The Auxiliary sponsors a gift shop every year at the VA Medical Center and the Veterans Home in Lisbon. This year we will be in Fargo on December 4, and then in Lisbon on December 5. This is a time when the patient at the VA Center and the resident at the Veterans Home can shop for Christmas gifts for their family members and a gift for themselves, at no cost to them. Items are donated throughout the year and the chairmen of the events shop throughout the year for gift items. It is truly an enjoyable day. After the items are chosen, they are wrapped and also packaged if they need to be mailed. Christmas goodies, coffee and cider are usually on a table somewhere in the room. You can be a part of this celebration, as well, just call me at 1-701-627-3518, or Catherine (Cat) at the ALA office 1-701-253-5992. The hosts may need a count for preparing coffee and goodies. I am sure some of you have already made plans to attend—see you there.
Don’t forget to make your heart pillows for the VA Medical Center. I gave out many patterns—about 100—so I am hoping to have lots of pillows at the Winter Conference. Won’t that be fun to see a big pile of pillows! “Change from the Heart” is growing as well—keep filling those cans. I don’t mind counting money! Also, remember, I will have raffle tickets at the Winter Conference for you to buy and for you to sell. I am making and collecting items for the raffle.
Happy Thanksgiving—Enjoy the day with family and friends.
Department of North Dakota President
American Legion Auxiliary