A woman who is eligible for membership in The American Legion is also eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary. The mother, wife, daughter, sister, grand-daughter, great-grand-daughter, or grandmother of members of The American Legion, and deceased veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces during the listed war eras.
Auxiliary members need to supply a copy of DD-214
discharge papers for the relative through whom their eligibility is established.
The DD-214, officially “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active-Duty,” but generally referred to as a DD-214, is a document of the United States Department of Defense, issued upon a military service member’s retirement, separation or discharge from active-duty military. Learn more about DD-214 requests.
Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.
American Legion Auxiliary Post 16 President - Anita Mennel
OFFICERS & EXECUTIVE BOARD 2016
Auxiliary Unit 16 Officers
The Poppy Story and The American
Legion And American
A bloody battle was fought during World War I in a region called Flanders. The area in France was completely devastated. In the spring of 1919 the poppies still bloomed among the ruins and where the men had fallen in battle. The memory that the soldiers brought home was that of the poppies blooming in the field of blood. The poppy became a symbol of sacrifice of lives during the war and represented the hope that none had died in vain.
In October 1921 at the Organizing Convention of the American Legion Auxiliary, the poppy was adopted as their Memorial Flower. At the time the Auxiliary pledged 100% of the profits from the poppy distribution to be used for servicemen and servicewomen and their families.
More than 25,000,000 poppies are made by the veterans and distributed by the American Legion Auxiliary each year. With the American Legion, the S.A.L. and the Auxiliary working together as a family, the Auxiliary is able to distribute the flowers to the public in May. The weekend prior to Memorial weekend has become known as Poppy Days. The money goes to the Auxiliary to be used for the veterans in need.
The first poppies, made of silk, were made by French war windows and orphans. When the cost became too expensive, the Auxiliary had to find another way of getting them. The first American – made poppies were made by veterans in Minnesota hospitals and were made of crepe paper. Today all poppies are made by veterans in poppy shops, maintained and administered by the Auxiliary volunteers. The shops are organized in co – operation with the VA Medical Centers and other veteran facilities. The material for the poppies is furnished free by the Department in the state where the facility is located. The workers receive pay for each poppy they make.
Tuesday - Friday
9:00 AM. - 4:00 PM.
9:00 AM. - 2:00 PM.