Clayton Mayor Jody McLeod has declared Sunday, November 10th, 2019 as “American Legion Centennial Day.” Mayor McLeod presented a proclamation to members of the Clayton American Legion Auxiliary and praised the local organization.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest patriotic service organization, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary on November 10, 2019. Following the formation of The American Legion, a number of women’s organizations wanted to become affiliated with The American Legion. Instead of joining with a pre-existing group, the American Legion decided to build a new organization from the ground up, made up of those most closely associated with the Legion. In less than a year, 1,342 local units of the American Legion Auxiliary were formed in 45 states. North Carolina became a member in 1920.
Today the American Legion Auxiliary has nearly 600,000 members and more than 8,000 units nationwide. From helping to draft the GI Bill in 1944 to advocating for veterans on Capitol Hill, The American Legion family has been instrumental in advocating legislation that improves the quality of life for our nation’s veterans.
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