They were honored to learn that the Memorial Day balloon launch
hosted by the Lincoln post and its auxiliary received special
mention at the convention.
Also receiving an award at this year's
convention was Mount Pulaski Post 447.
Below is a news release from the national convention of the
American Legion Auxiliary:
The national American Legion Auxiliary had its 2012 convention
Aug. 24-30 in Indianapolis, Ind.
The Department of Illinois was well represented with 30
delegates, seven alternates and 69 guests in attendance.
At the Illinois caucus on Aug. 25,
awards were announced. The Department of Illinois, units and members
were well recognized with the following awards:
The 17th District's Unit 447, Mount Pulaski, received one of the
Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation awards for remodeling a home for a
homeless veteran and her family.
The American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Illinois, was also
recognized in the National Convention Guide & Annual Report for the
District's Unit 263, Lincoln, for serving veterans with a
balloon launch on Memorial Day. Over 1,300 balloons were
released, each containing a piece of paper with a name of a
veteran or a service member
Edwardsville, for Operation Warm Troops to help our nation's
wounded soldiers. Unit 199 has donated money, over 700 blankets,
1,000 pairs of socks and 200 stocking caps -- all for wounded
The Department of Illinois purchased a
golf cart for Hines VA Hospital and Fisher House and also
registered veterans for a Wounded Warrior event. One unit was
mentored by the national youth program. Juniors assembled and
distributed pocket flags to troops being deployed.
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Foundation -- ThinkFirst Foundation, Naperville, was awarded
$25,715 for their project "ThinkFirst Campaign to Prevent
The Department of
Illinois encouraged everyone to "purple-up" on Friday the 13th
to show support and appreciation to military children. The
children received a pillowcase with picture of either their
mother or father who entered the military and also received a
bear dressed with a vest and a note pocket. This helps the
children while the parent or parents are away from home.
There were 3,597
Illinois students who took part in "Veterans in the Classrooms"
during the school year.
participated in patriotic ceremonies with veterans involved.
Ceremonies included Poppy Day memorial services, flag disposals,
flag folding, POW-MIA table ceremonies, Blue Star Banner and
citation presentations, and flag etiquette.
over $10,000 for veterans and children who needed help.
Diana Umdenstock, Department of
Illinois, was recognized for her "Hats Off to Our Veterans"
report, and Sharon Conaster, Department of Illinois, was the
national constitution and bylaws chairwoman.
Illinois public relations received recognition during the
convention. Cullom had the best website. The honor goes to Judy
Ehlers, webmaster and member of Cullom Unit 122, for keeping the Web
Illinois also was recognized for having won the Miss Poppy
contest and also for having chartered the State Police Post 1922,
Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion.
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