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2018 to 2019 Auxiliary Officers

PRESIDENT
   Sandy Henson


1ST VICE
   Mary Ardrey


Co 2ND VICE
   Corina Clagett
   Cheryl Landon


SECRETARY
   Lori Zachack


TREASURER
   Kim Khuehner


CHAPLAIN
   Monda Nole Boggs


HISTORIAN
   Cori Gust


SGT AT ARMS
   Janice Ritchey


MEMBER AT LARGE
   Yvonne Frantz



About the American Legion Auxiliary

    The American Legion Auxiliary serves the veterans, families, and communities of Ohio by fostering citizenship, promoting service, and supporting democracy.We enourage all our members and our communities to support the men and women who have served their country in defence of freedom. We welcome you to join us in service at home. We take our role as a Veterans Service Organization seriously; meeting the needs of veterans and keeping those needs front and center in the minds of the American public!

The Poppy Story

    From the battlefields of World War I, weary soldiers brought home the memory of a barren landscape transformed by wild poppies, red as the blood that had soaked the soil. By that miracle of nature, the spirit of their lost comrades lived on.

    The poppy became a symbol of the sacrifice of lives in war and represented the hope that none had died in vain. The American Legion Auxiliary poppy has continued to bloom for the casualties of four wars, its petals of paper bound together for veterans by veterans, reminding America each year that the men and women who have served and died for their country deserve to be remembered.

    The poppy, as a memorial flower to the war dead, can be traced to a single individual, Moina Michael. She was so moved by Lt. Col. McCrae's poem, "In Flanders Fields," that she wrote a response:

     . . . the blood of heroes never dies
     But lends a luster to the red
     Of the flower that blooms above the dead
     In Flanders' Fields.

    On impulse, she bought a bouquet of poppies – all that New York City's Wanamaker's Department Store had – and handed them to businessmen meeting at the New York YMCA where she worked. She asked them to wear the poppy as a tribute to the fallen. That was November 1918. World War I was over, but America's sons would rest forever "in Flanders' Fields." Later she would spearhead a campaign that would result in the adoption of the poppy as the national symbol of sacrifice.

In Flanders Fields

    "In Flanders Fields" is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during the First World War by Canadian physician and Lt. Col. John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Alexis Helmer, who died during the Second Battle of Ypres.