From Our Department President
2019-2020 Department of Alaska President Jane Larson
Happy 2020 everyone!!
2019 was a year to remember and to be proud of. The American Legion Auxiliary and American Legion Family proved their mission of being there for our veterans, military and military families. From preparing meals, gift shops, helping our veterans to putting together packages for our military. I was so proud and excited to see so many of our American Legion family members of Alaska come together from all over to help out with the American Legion Auxiliary gift shop. It was a grat success! I was also privileged to be involved with putting together and delivering Christmas bags to our veterans to JBER, Anchorage Pioneer Home and to the Palmer VA Pioneer Home.
A huge thank you to everyone that helped. It was a great display of "Service Not Self."
On a personal note, my husband and I had the privilege of making sure one our WWII veteran, Joe Rayfield, age 103 and his wife was escorted to the American Legion Post 35 WWII and Korean era dinner on December 8th. On our ride home from the event, all Joe could talk about was how grateful and thankful that he and his wife were invited and remembered. The smiles on their faces when we dropped them back to their home in Willow was priceless. This is just one example of why we belong to such a great organization. To honor those who have served and never to forget them for their service and sacifice.
American Legion Auxiliary and American Legion Family ---- a reminder on how important it is to report our volunteer hours. This helps the American Legion Auxiliary and American Legion tell the public and Congress how we are fulfilling our mission. So, please report your hours.
As we enter into 2020, our focus on the mission continues to grow as we enter our next century of service. We have impacted many lives, which is our legacy. Our " service not self " continues.