From Our Department President
2019-2021 Department of Alaska President Jane Larson
A BIG shout out to the Sons of the American Legion, Department of Alaska for a fantastic and successful steak feed fundraiser, for Boys State and Girls State Programs. Thank you to everyone who helped and participated! Now, we all need to work to get those applications and information out to our girls and boys about our great program and why they should and need to attend.
ALA – do not miss out on our great scholarship opportunities available through the American Legion Auxiliary. The applications MUST be completed and sent to your Auxiliary Unit President on or before March 1, 2021. You can learn more and start your application for the ALA scholarship at www.ALAforVeterans.org/scholarships.
Excited about our American Legion Family, Department of Alaska Convention coming up, April 15 thru April 17, 2021. Call to convention with registration has been sent out, please be on the lookout for it. Note that your special memorandum and Auxiliary Delegate and Alternate forms are due and sent to our Department Secretary by March 29, 2021. Then your Certification of Delegates and request for information of Unit Officers/other position forms need to be brought to Convention and given to our Department Secretary. Lastly, early bird registration is needed to be postmarked by March 31st or hand delivered to Post 35 by April 1st. After that, the registration fee will be a little more. It is very much appreciated and encouraged to register early. We will be starting off with a meet and greet on April 14, 2021 at Post 35, our host for this year convention. Open ceremony will be at 9:00 am on Thursday, April 15, 2021. I am thrilled that our opening ceremony falls on Purple Up! Day, which is part of the month-long recognition and celebration if our military children. To show support and raise awareness about their sacrifices, people wear purple on April 15th! Purple symbolizes a combination of the colors of each branch of the U.S. military. Army Navy blue, Air Force blue, Marine red and Coast Guard blue. What a perfect opportunity to demonstrate our Legion Family’s commitment to our military and their family – by all wearing purple on Opening ceremony, April 15, 2021 – PURPLE UP! Day. Hope to see you at Opening ceremony wearing purple.