"Honor Their Service"
From 2018-2019 Department of Alaska President Debbie Lowndes
Greetings American Legion Family,
The American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Program is a valuable program that should be remembered more often than just in May or November. Distribute the poppies year-round, make your Unit visible. By being visible in our communities, we are drawing the attention of potential members. They see that you are actively leading the way in helping our veterans, military and their families.
Since 1921 connecting the poppy image with the service and sacrifice of our veterans has been an important goal of the American Legion Auxiliary. The poppies are all handmade by veterans and distributed in exchange for donations that go directly to assist veterans and veteran programs in our communities.
By distributing and educating the public about the symbol of the poppy we are raising awareness and respect for our veterans.
- Every poppy is handmade by a veteran.
- Posts that do not have an Auxiliary can also work the program.
- Poppies are never sold; they are offered as a thank you for any donation.
- All donations made to the poppy program go directly to veteran’s programs.
- Veterans who hand make the poppies receive a small stipend for their work.
Promote the poppy program:
- Educate your community about how funds collected help veterans.
- Contact local legislative offices to announce poppy distribution days, and request proclamations declaring Poppy Days in your community.
- Deliver poppies to local media (television, newspaper and radio) along with facts about where and when poppies will be distributed in our community.
From Our Newly-elected
From 2019-2020 Department of Alaska President Jane Larson
As your newly elected American Legion Auxiliary Department of Alaska President for 2019-2020. I would like to introduce myself, Jane Larson from the Susitna Valley, Unit 35. I am privileged and excited to have been entrusted by you to represent the Department of Alaska. I am enthused and eager with the help from all of you to the challenges of the position over the 100th anniversary year. We have lots to promote and be proud of. I look forward to visiting our Units to see first hand on how we as an American Legion Family prove our promise to honor and help our veterans, servicemembers and military families; also, to mentor our youth and foster our patriotism.
I have chosen a poppy wreath as the poppy project for this coming 2019-2020 year. The winning wreath will be used to represent our Department for Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day and any other occasion that we are involved with. The requirements for the project will be posted on our Department website after September 15, 2019.
Lastly, please mark your calendar for Saturday, October 19, 2019 for our workshop. More information to follow, but wanted to make sure you have the date now.