Supporting Our Troops Can Start Young

Jessica DowningJessica Downing and Kamryn CarmickleKamryn Carmickle and Jeri Lynn CarmickleFrom left, Pam Brough, Jessica Downing, Kamryn Carmickle, and Jeri Lynn CarmickleKamryn CarmickleJessica Downing

An organization here in Anderson County is trying to encourage girls under 18 years old to help support our troops and community.  The American Legion Junior Auxiliary is comprised of young girls to help foster Americanism, respect for our flag, and help support our troops/veterans and their families.  Guided by members of the Senior Auxiliary, the girls meet once a month to do an American styled craft to be given to veterans or active troops, or to pack support boxes for active duty service members, or even to write letters to veterans thanking them for their service.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to teach our youth about Americanism, about respect and responsibility for our flag and our troops that are serving our country,” president of the local American Legion Auxiliary, Pam Brough, said.  The Auxiliary including the Juniors, also help families where a parent in the military is called overseas for long periods of time and may need help when they’re away from home for so long.

Girls of any age under 18 years old can join as long as they have a direct parent, grandparent, or great grandparent that served in the military (living veterans must be members of the American Legion). “Even at two or three years old, they love coloring things,” Pam said.  And, as long as they’re active, it doesn’t cost anything to join.

During the last meeting, the girls who attended held a short prayer and pledge and got to create God Bless America Signs that will be distributed to veterans and active service members.  They will also be hosting a number of fun events at Heritage Hall in the coming weeks to help the aging residents there feel younger.

For more information about the American Legion Auxiliary, check out their Facebook page.

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