American Legion Auxiliary — November 2012
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Honoring 2002-2003 National President Elsie Bailey-Comer

Elsie Bailey-Comer held 12 national chairmanships and one vice chairmanship prior to being installed as the 2002-2003 national president of the American Legion Auxiliary at the national convention held in Charlotte, N.C., in August 2002. This self-described “country girl from New Jersey” will be remembered not only for her visionary and ambitious leadership, but also for her love of the American Legion Auxiliary and the United States of America.

“I firmly believe America is pure, solid gold,” Elsie said during her presidential installation speech at the 2002 National Convention. “I believe that The American Legion Family and its programs, our veterans and military service personnel, and our kids are pure, solid gold to America. And, I believe that the volunteers in our organization — Juniors and seniors alike — are solid gold to our programs. I believe in the love I have for my country!”

Elsie passed away on Aug. 4 following complications from multiple strokes. She was 84. Her husband, American Legion Past National Commander John P. “Jake” Comer, said Elsie received more than 750 cards, nearly 200 emails, and many flowers during the time she was ill.

Before her national presidency, Elsie was the New Jersey department president in 1988- 1989 after having served every office in the department. She also was Somerset County president in 1971-1972 and president of Stevenson-D’Alessio Unit 12 during six separate terms. When her year of leadership as national president concluded, Elsie continued her service to our veterans, military, and children as an active member of Unit 12, Somerset County, and the department organization.

A 50-year member of Unit 12 in Somerville, N.J., Elsie was awarded a life membership from the unit in 1967. She was eligible for Auxiliary membership through her late husband, John C. Bailey, who was a proud, honorably discharged servicemember of the United States Army during World War II and a 45-year member of The American Legion Post 12. John served on most post committees, was instrumental in the expansion of the post home, was a member of the executive committee, and a post commander for two consecutive years.

Elsie attended Raritan Valley Community College where she majored in business administration. She worked in the human resources field and financial business throughout her professional career and retired from the position of human resources director after 23 years of employment in Somerset Medical Center. During her career, Elsie served as statistical secretary for the vice president of finance, payroll coordinator, and chairman of SMC Employees Activities Committee.

She was a member of the New Jersey State Personnel Directors’ Association, Professional Women’s Association, and Parent-Teacher Association. She was a past treasurer and past president of Somerset County Teachers’ Federal Credit Union, past president and trustee of the Whiting Station Homeowners Association, and president of the Whiting Station Residents Club. Elsie was also a member of the Whiting Rescue Squad Auxiliary and was a communicant at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church in Whiting.

Surviving is her husband, Jake; a son, James DiPasquale, and his wife Barbara; a daughter, Debra Murphy, and her husband Richard; two stepdaughters, Peggy Hughes and her husband Jim, and Nancy Zagrodny and her husband Theodore; a stepson, John Comer and his wife Margaret; two brothers, Vincent Greco and his wife Frances, and John Greco; four grandchildren: Ryan, Craig, Thomas, and Michael; and eight stepgrandchildren: Sean, Brian, Anthony, Kevin, Connor, Meaghan, Brendan, and Erin.


NATIONAL CHAIRMEN REPORTS

VA&R: Helping our veterans heal through art therapy

Across the United States, VA medical facilities use the creative arts as a form of rehabilitative treatment to assist veterans in recovery and to help them cope with both the emotional and physical aspects of disabilities. Every year, veterans who receive treatment at many VA facilities have the opportunity to compete in local creative arts competitions. These local competitions usually take place in February and early March.

The competitions include 53 categories in the visual arts division, ranging from leatherwork to oil painting to paint-by-numbers kits. There are 120 different categories in the performing arts related to every aspect of dance, music, creative writing, and drama. Winners from local competitions are invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) each year.

NVCAF is an entire week filled with exploring, learning, fellowship, and a celebration of the healing power of the arts. Since the gold, silver, and bronze medal winners have already been selected to participate in the festival, there is no competition at the event. Instead, the festival is a showcase of the top national winners. Past National President Kris West introduced the American Legion Auxiliary to the program in 2000. The Auxiliary has been a national sponsor since 2001. Each year, the Auxiliary commits $100,000 to the national festival.

How can units and departments help? First, get involved at the local level. Contact either the director of volunteer services or the recreation director at your local VA facility or state home. Since facilities are not permitted to request funds from individual donors, they must rely on contributions of time and financial support from donors who take the initiative to offer. Therefore, you’ll need to ask how your unit or department can help.

Provide art and ceramic supplies so that veterans can work on projects to enter in the competition. Offer to frame artwork for display at the competition. The Auxiliary can provide transportation for participants during the event, work on publicity and promotion, help with exhibit setup and breakdown, and provide refreshments during the local festival.

Units and departments are urged to apply for the Local Veterans Creative Arts Festival/Creative Arts Workshop Grant given by the Auxiliary to assist you and your local VA Medical Centers or state homes in preparing for and conducting a local Creative Arts Festival. The application can be found on the Auxiliary website at www.ALAforVeterans.org. Work with directors or recreational therapists at your local facilities to complete the application. Last year, three grants were awarded.

To support our commitment of $100,000 to the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, individuals, units, districts, and departments can raise money to earn one of the awards given by NVCAF. Earn the Bronze award for donations of $1,000–$1,999; Silver for donations of $2,000–$4,999; or Gold for $5,000 and above. ALA National Headquarters will submit qualifying donations to NVCAF staff in July. Donations considered are those received in the national office Aug. 1, 2012, to June 30, 2013. Award winners will be recognized at national convention.

Becoming involved with a local festival can be a rewarding experience. Art therapy that culminates in veterans being able to display their unique talents helps to inspire our heroes to find their own creativity, helps them to heal both physical and emotion wounds, and creates a sense of pride for everyone involved.


Janet Jefford is a 44-year member of the Auxiliary. She belongs to Unit 56 in Glastonbury, Conn. Her membership honors the service of her father and her son, both Army veterans.


Community Service: Online support tools contain useful how-to sheets

Ghandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” What a perfect motto for how we use Community Service to implement change for our veterans, servicemembers, and their families.

To further achieve this, consider utilizing resources on the American Legion Auxiliary’s website. Visit www.ALAforVeterans.org, click on the Member Resources tab and scroll down to Support Tools. Under Community Service, you will find the following guides to help be the change:

• How to Mobilize Community Support for those Who Serve outlines how to partner with locally driven initiatives to provide practical support for veterans, servicemembers, and their families.

• How to Organize a Job Fair for Veterans and/or Military and Veteran Spouses highlights opportunities to work with The American Legion in the community to implement a Legion-sponsored job fair or co-host a Legion Family information table at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored job fair, as well as hosting a job fair for veterans and/or military spouses separately.

• How to Partner for Community Outreach details how to successfully collaborate with like-minded organizations and provides examples of impactful programs.

• How to Participate in MLK Day of Service promotes community service as we build awareness for the mission. We should utilize this day of service to engage the community in our mission-focused projects.

• How to Help Veterans At Home includes a variety of neighborly projects to help veterans such as basic home repairs and seasonal yard work. (These ideas can also be applied to a family of a deployed service member.)

• How to Make a Buddy Basket provides details on the history and use of Buddy Baskets, as well as providing a list of suggested items to include.

• How to Get Involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters covers how to get involved with BBBS’ Military Mentoring program. If you’ve ever thought this might be for you, give it a try as military children currently experience a four- to six-month wait for a mentor.

The Support Tools tab on the Auxiliary’s website has a plethora of guides for most Auxiliary programs! Check them out!


Lisa Williamson is a proud and active 23-year member of C. Russell Huber Unit 57 in Fairbanks, Alaska.


Education: Highlights on all three national Auxiliary scholarships

One of the goals of the Education program is to promote scholarships provided by the Auxiliary to children of veterans, our Junior members, and members of the Legion Family. This past year, the Auxiliary awarded $80,000 through three national scholarship programs: the Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship; the Spirit of Youth Scholarship; and the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship.

This year, National President Peggy Thomas has chosen the Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship as her financial project and asks for our continued support. Highlights of this scholarship:

• Awarded to children of veterans who served in the Armed Forces during the eligibility dates for The American Legion.

• Three scholarships (one $3,500, one $3,000, and one $2,500) awarded in each of our five divisions; a total of 15 scholarships in the amount of $45,000 this year.

• Applicant must complete 50 hours of community service during his or her high school years.

Seeing the need to help children of military families afford a college education, Past National President Jan Pulvermacher-Ryan of Wisconsin shared her vision in 2007 to raise $1.2 million for an endowment fund to “ensure these scholarships will be available as long as there are military personnel with children.” During the first year, $479,000 was raised. As of this date, the Endowment Fund has $1,040,000. Sixty-one scholarships totalling $137,500 have been awarded to military children since the creation of the Endowment Fund.

We can acknowledge the sacrifices of our veterans by helping ease the burden of educational expenses for their children. We can express our gratitude by financially supporting this scholarship so that funds will always be available.

Non-Traditional Student Scholarship:

• Awarded to a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, The American Legion, or Sons of The American Legion.

• Member must have paid his/her dues for the two preceding years and the calendar year of application.

• One $2,000 scholarship awarded in each of our five divisions, for a total of $10,000. Spirit of Youth Scholarship:

• Awarded to one Junior member in each of our five divisions, for a total of $25,000.

• Each Junior member receives a $1,250 scholarship per year for four years (a total of $5,000 per student).

• Applicant must have been a member in the Auxiliary for the immediate past three years and also currently a member.

• Junior member must maintain her membership throughout the four-year scholarship period.

The deadline for these scholarships is March 1. Scholarship information is available on the national Auxiliary website at www.alaforveterans.org/what_we_do/scholarships.


Kathy Dungan is a 36-year member of the Auxiliary. She is a member of Drane-Prine Unit 79 in Wesson, Miss.


Public Relations: Tips to help you promote American Legion Auxiliary

Individually they’re great, but together, they’re better! Public Relations and Membership are two Auxiliary programs that naturally complement and enhance each other when worked cohesively and in tandem. What is public relations? PR is everything. It’s a kind word, helpful friend, welcoming attitude. It’s a banner, letter, photograph, or simply a smile. With a little planning, Auxiliary members can make public relations a positive game changer for their units and our membership efforts.

Public relations is essentially communication, so get creative in your methods, and weave a public relations element into everything you do. The PR program’s primary mission is to help promote a positive image of the American Legion Auxiliary, and there are many ways to accomplish this goal:

• Get locked and loaded with American Legion Auxiliary brochures. Keep a complete array of the wonderfully branded American Legion Auxiliary promotional materials on display and at all of your events. These publications are full of information and articulate the core elements of our programs and activities. Make sure your local newspaper has a complete set so your contacts there fully understand who we are and why we matter.

• Utilize existing resources. The American Legion Auxiliary website at www.ALAforVeterans.org has a wide array of reference materials to get your public relations campaign started off on the right foot. Templates for news releases, ideas for promoting special holidays, downloadable PowerPoint presentations, and tips and tools for success are just clicks away! While you’re there, sign up for the free In the Know eBulletin and ALA eNews.

• Get social. Want to reach thousands of Auxiliary members and friends with the press of a button? Get a Facebook or Twitter account, and put your activities front and center. Social media opportunities give everyone the power to positively communicate about our good work.

• Maximize tradition. A good PR campaign should be flexible and varied. Don’t forget the value of local media outlets. Newspapers, magazines, radio, and television are still viable opportunities to make your story known. Communicate regularly and professionally with a consistent message, and your unit’s good work might land on the front page!

This year, the National Public Relations Committee is hard at work to build training modules that will assist our members in becoming more comfortable utilizing public relations to their advantage. Fifteen-minute modules on public speaking, social media, effective email, event planning, and photojournalism are currently in development, and, when completed, will be available via download.

To truly be effective, we must be relevant, timely in execution of information, and demonstrate professional and courteous behavior to all we encounter. Public relations is all of these things and more.


Trish Ward is a 12-year member of John P. Hand Unit 250 in Louisburg, Kan.


National President’s Award for Excellence 2011-2012 recipients

The American Legion Auxiliary National President’s Award for Excellence is presented annually to five units and one department that represent the “best of the best” in planning and implementation of the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission. Recipients are selected based on applications that address the unit’s achievements in Auxiliary national goals and objectives in at least three Auxiliary programs. Awards were presented Aug. 30 at the American Legion Auxiliary’s 92nd National Convention in Indianapolis.

UNIT RECIPIENT: Johnson-Nicoles- Kuhlman-Olson Unit 53 in Eau Claire, Wisc.

Unit 53’s motto during 2011-2012 was “Actions speak louder than words.” They put that motto into action with a variety of projects:

• Partnered with their VA and provided supplies and business suits to ready veterans for job interviews.

• Held a “Holiday Stand Down for Women Veterans” where they collected clothing, personal items, nonperishable food, household items, and bed linens. The women of Unit 53 finished the year having volunteered nearly 1,000 hours and collecting more than $6,000 in in-kind donations.

Unit recipient: Banner Unit 109 in Angier, N.C.

Following are a few highlights of Unit 109’s accomplishments:

• The unit’s “Bucket and Broom Brigade” teamed up with the Homeless Veterans program at the Fayetteville VA and donated buckets, mops, comfort items, and furnishings for transitioning veterans.

• Made more than 100 yellow bows that were displayed around town.

• Held a Gold Star Ceremony and presented 19 Gold Star Banners to moms at the Children of Fallen Soldiers Event, as well as presented eight Blue Star Banners.

unit recipient: Clarence L. Tinker Unit 170 in Midwest City, Okla.

Unit 170 took Service Not Self to heart through the following activities and donations:

• Volunteered nearly 5,000 hours of their time.

• Spent almost $20,000 of their own money.

• Drove more than 20,000 miles to assist veterans, military, and their families.

• Provided food, clothing, and toiletries for Oklahoma City’s Friendship House, a VA-funded facility for recovering veterans.

• Served on the Board of State Accrediting in support of GI Bills to help veterans pay for college, non-college training, and on-the-job training.

Unit recipient: Lake Stevens Unit 181 in Oak Harbor, Wash.

Unit 181 spent all year working to meet objectives established by various Auxiliary programs:

• They held a “Back to School” drive and handed out 200 backpacks to the children of the Lake Stevens community.

• Their winter carnival made 186 military children happy with fun activities, treats, and a surprise visit from Santa. Nearly 300 volunteers helped with the event, and the unit received $4,500 in in-kind donations.

• In March, Unit 181 teamed up with Operation Homefront and hosted a joint baby shower for expectant military mothers. Fifty-one mothers, with their servicemember spouses, each received a bag of baby supplies, lunch, and fellowship with other military mothers.

Unit recipient: Palmer-Roberts Unit 214 in Willoughby, Ohio

Unit 214 demonstrated service activities in several Auxiliary programs.

• Unit 214 took their flag education program to Lake Erie College where they gave instructions for proper flag disposal. They helped many people, including a group of adults with disabilities, dispose of their flags in an appropriate manner.

• Unit 214 honored the service of a young boy, the son of a 70-yearold veteran. The veteran, a single father, has many medical conditions and requires daily assistance from his 11-year-old son. Many times a week, the young boy makes trips to the grocery store on foot. On four separate occasions, the boy has found his father unconscious and called 911. Paramedics say his actions have saved his father’s life. Unit 214 paired up with three Legion posts to raise funds to buy the boy a bicycle to help him carry the groceries.

Department recipient: Delaware The Department of Delaware accomplished many feats during the 2011-2012 year. Here are just a few highlights:

• Folded more than 900 pocket flags to hand out at deployment ceremonies, include in packages to troops, and give to children at Operation: Military Kids camps.

• On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 80 volunteers helped assemble more than 300 Buddy Baskets to give to homeless veterans transitioning to new housing.

• Participated in the Heroes to Homes program, through which three homeless veterans secured permanent housing.

Want to learn more about these Auxiliary mission movers? Get the full details at www.ALAforVeterans.org. Entry deadline for next year’s award is June 1, 2013.


Auxiliary Aces Stories of success from Auxiliary units and members around the country

When Jo-Ellen Clawes, president of Des Plaines (Ill.) unit 26 learned there were 4,600 homeless veterans on the streets of Chicago, she sprang into action. With the assistance of fellow unit member Gittel Hunt, a project of crocheting bed rolls out of plastic grocery bags was brought to her attention. In the past three years, Jo-Ellen (pictured above) has made more than 200 bed rolls. It takes 750 plastic bags and 35 hours to make each roll. Her fellow post members and all of her friends collect bags for her. When they are finished, they are distributed by Jo-Ellen and members of Chicago Sandwich Drive for the Homeless, a group of Vietnam veterans and their volunteers.

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Kenneth H. Nash unit 8, which enjoys a unique distinction of being an American Legion post home located on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., recently collaborated with its Legion and Sons of The American Legion to become sponsors of the Veterans’ Hall Program of the National Museum of the United States Army. For its $2,500 contribution, Unit/Post 8 will be recognized at the Bronze Service Star level on the Veterans’ Hall Donor Wall.

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unit 400 in Topeka, Kan., recognized Darlene “Dolly” Gravenstein with a certificate for her 70 continuous years of Auxiliary membership. Dolly joined the Junior Auxiliary when she was 13 years old through the eligibility of her father, Rudolph Lindstrom, who served in France during WWI.

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American Legion Auxiliary unit 507 in Newhall, Calif., garnered more than $500 from its unique fundraiser that offered participants the chance to create their own ceramic masterpieces. Auxiliary member and experienced ceramic teacher Lana Stanzione organized the fun-filled day of activities. All proceeds from the event benefitted the 2013 ALA Girls State Program.

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President betty Heedley, Treasurer Shay Grannan, and Junior member Kaegan Novick of unit 297 in benbrook, Texas, delivered a donation of more than $600 in men’s clothing to the VA Clinic of Fort Worth. The “Clothing Closet” is available to men and women clients at the VA Clinic and gives them an opportunity to “dress for success” when seeking employment and other social activities. Pictured above (from left) are Unit 297’s Kaegan and Betty.

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Auxiliary unit 131 in Green Valley, Ariz., donated $1,500 in clothing, arts and crafts supplies, and DVDs to the new Tucson Veteran Home. After their donations were presented, members were given a tour of the facility.

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Over the summer, Auxiliary unit 347 in Lady Lake, Fla., held a Dual Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner. The first day was in support of the Villages Honor Flight. Proceeds from the second day supported the Veterans Organization of Resource and Recovery for the Homeless.

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In September, American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters staff partnered with other veterans service groups to participate in a stand down at AMVETS Post 99 in Indianapolis. More than $850 worth of items were donated and distributed by National Headquarters staff. Indianapolis-area barbers provided haircuts and shaves, and optometry services were available through the Indiana University School of Optometry. Department of Veterans Affairs representatives were also available to discuss care and benefits. Pictured above (from left) are National Headquarters’ Maria Potts and Laura Casey with a veteran.

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PATRIOT DAY (SEPT. 11) EVENTS marta barnes, president of unit 359 in St. Joseph, mo., delivered pocket flags to nine fire stations, the police department and highway patrol, and an ambulance station to remember those who responded during the terrorist attacks 11 years ago.

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American Legion Auxiliary unit 532 and its Legion post in Hayesville, N.C., held a three-day Patriot Golf Weekend at the Chatuge Shores. Proceeds benefitted wounded soldiers and their families, as well as veterans projects sponsored by Post 532.

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Wawasee unit 223 in Syracuse, Ind., held a memorial service with the post’s Joint Honor Guard (Legion and Sons) with a flag and rifle ceremony.

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Herbert Griffin Auxiliary Unit 19 in Columbia, Tenn., started its annual Freedom Walk ceremony with a brief patriotic service (presentation of colors, the Pledge, singing the National Anthem and a prayer for peace). Participants then walked around the post building 11 times. The unit then invited everyone inside for homemade cookies and lemonade and music from a local band.

Mission artwork on display: visit www.ALAforveterans.org to see students’ winning drawings from the American Legion Auxiliary’s 2011-2012 Poppy Poster Contest!


Reflections Provided by Rosemarie Hauck, National Chaplain 2012-2013

November

Scripture: Psalms 123:1

I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

On Nov. 11, we pause to give thanks for our veterans and service personnel who served and are serving with honor. They have helped to keep our country remain “One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” On this 94th anniversary of the Armistice of World War I, each of us has the opportunity to develop new interest and understanding within our communities to achieve a better public image, and to help promote the ideas of freedom. We should also be thankful for the faithful American Legion Auxiliary members, who, for 92 years, have given time, talent, and love to support our organization’s mission.

During November in the United States, we also celebrate Thanksgiving Day — time that has been set aside especially for giving thanks to God for our many blessings. Our country has been truly blessed by God. Its mountains, plains, rivers, lakes, tall timbers, and oceans on our coastlines are all the works of God. It is important for us to remember that thankfulness should not be a one-day action in November; it should be a day-by-day reaction to God for His goodness to us and for all we hold dear! Let us be thankful this Thanksgiving for the abundance that has been graciously given to us.

PRAYER:

Loving, eternal God, we thank You for the bounty and blessings that have been showered down upon us. We pray that we will make ourselves worthy of Your love and for all of the many blessings You have so freely and graciously provided. We pray that we may be as generous to those who are less fortunate as You have been with us. We pray, O God, that we may be instruments of Your peace. We praise You, we thank You, we lift our hearts, minds, and soul to You. All these things we ask in Your name. Amen.

December

Scripture: Hebrews 13:2

Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.

The time of year when people are hustling and bustling to prepare themselves for the upcoming holiday season is fast approaching. I ask the question: Have you ever been so wound up that you actually forgot about people in need? It reminds me of a book I read many years ago. In the book Hidden Art of Homemaking, author Edith Schaeffer tells of feeding the occasional vagrant who would stop at her back door and ask, “May I have a cup of coffee, ma’am, and maybe some bread?”

Edith would invite him to sit down, then go in to prepare a tray of food fit for a king: steaming soup and thick sandwiches, cut and arranged artfully on a plate with garnishes. The children would make a tiny bouquet, and if it was dusk, add a candle. In amazement, the man would gasp, “For me?” “Yes,” Edith would answer, “and coffee will be ready in a minute.” During this Holy season, I ask you to think of our veterans, especially those who are homeless. Perhaps a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate could turn someone’s life totally around. Be sure to be kind and show compassion while you are working at a VAMC Christmas Gift Shop, delivering a basket or just walking down a street. You never know whose path you may cross. As Auxiliary members, we must never forget our mission.

PRAYER:

Keep us, O God, grateful as a nation for the blessings that are ours. As we enter into the season of giving, preserve in our hearts the appreciation of Your gifts. May we be ever mindful of Your goodness and kindness. We ask, through our efforts and sacrifices, that we show love to one another. Where there is selfishness, help us to share. We ask that you continue to shower Your many blessings upon us. This we ask in Your name. Amen.

January

Scripture: Joshua 1:1-9

Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

People stand in the cold by the thousands in Times Square, New York City. What draws them to that place? There’s no sporting event or rock concert; there’s just a huge, lit ball that drops down a pole on top of a building. It takes only a few seconds, and it hardly seems worth fighting traffic and subway crunch to see — except that it happens on New Year’s Eve year after year.

How has this tradition created a holiday over such a nonevent? Other holidays celebrate famous birthdays or historical milestones. New Year’s Eve just celebrates the passage of time. We make such a fuss because it signals the end of an old era and the beginning of a new one. The old year’s problems and struggles become a dim memory when we think of getting a fresh start. Is this a true statement for our veterans, military personnel, and their families?

It must have been something like that for the Israelites who stood and looked at the new era ahead of them (Joshua 1:1-9). Behind them were 40 years of wandering in the desert. Ahead was a land of milk and honey. And best of all, they had God’s promise that He would be with them.

As we look back to 2012 and look toward 2013, we too must remember our promise to make a difference for our veterans, the military, and their families.

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, as we face a new year, help us to place our trust and confidence in You and Your promise to go with us always. Dear Lord, when we think of all You have done and will yet do for us, we are filled with the joy of praising You. Dear Lord, show us how to set our heart, eyes and mind on You so Your light of love will shine through us. Lord, help us to make the needs of others a daily priority and work to relieve suffering and pain. Help us reach out to them as if we are reaching out to You. This we ask in Your name. Amen.

MEMBERSHIP IN THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY: Congratulations to the Auxiliary departments achieving Membership Milestones! Visit www.ALAforVeterans.org to see a list of award recipients.


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