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Spotlight on Service: American Legion Auxiliary

• Jun 19, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Name of organization: American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 28, Grand Haven

Number of members: 1,493

Year established: 1922

When and where you meet: Fourth Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. (no meeting in December or July) at the American Legion Post 28, 700 S. Harbor Ave.

Mission statement: "In the spirit of service, not self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support the American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security."

Tell us what you do for the community: We have 20 programs to support the auxiliary's purposes. Much of our focus benefits the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

In fulfillment of our mission, the American Legion Auxiliary adheres to the following purposes:

— To support and advocate for veterans, active military and their families.

— To support the initiatives and programs of The American Legion.

— To foster patriotism and responsible citizenship.

— To award scholarships and promote quality education and literacy.

— To provide educational and leadership opportunities that uphold the ideals of freedom and democracy and encourage good citizenship and patriotism in government.

— To increase our capacity to deliver our mission by providing meaningful volunteer opportunities within our communities.

— To empower our membership to achieve personal fulfillment through service, not self.

Do you host any community events? Our post hosts "open-to-the-public" dinners, staffed by volunteers (including auxiliary). We are also involved in the city's Memorial Day planning and Coast Guard Festival events.

Member benefits: Besides post privileges, a variety of benefits are available to current members. Details can be found at auxiliary's national website: www.ALAforveterans.org.

Website: Post: grandhavenlegion.org; Auxiliary Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Unit28ALA.

Contact information: Call Kathleen Edwards, president, at 616-604-4050; or email [email protected]

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