Welcome to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #76 Department of Illinois.
The National Organization of the Auxiliary was organized in 1919 and is chartered by the Congress of the United States. Not only do we assist The American Legion, but we have achieved our own unique identity as well. Patriotism is a personal commitment for the American Legion Auxiliary and we place great importance on community involvement and responsible citizenship.
Our Unit meets on the 1st Monday of each month, September through June at 7:00 pm. We begin with “Social “ when we have refreshments and friendship. The actual meeting begins at 7:30 when we take care of the business of the Unit for that month and discuss plans for the months to come. One of the programs we support is Illini Girl State, which began in 1937, and gives hands on experience in local and state government. Our Unit, like many others in our state and across the country, sends girls for 1 week each summer to Illini Girl State. As a result of this valuable program many young women take responsible positions in business and government. This is just one small example of the Auxiliary’s contribution to life in the community and the nation.
The Poppy Program is another reason we are so dedicated. Each year, during the entire month of May, we encourage everyone to wear a Poppy in memory of our veterans. In the spring of 1919, poppies bloomed in abundance on the battlefields of France, where many men and women had fallen in battle. The poppy was adopted as the Memorial Flower of the American Legion Auxiliary in October 1921. At that time we pledged that 100% of the profits from the poppy distribution to welfare relief for servicemen and servicewomen and their families. We make contributions, for example, to Veterans at DuPage Convalescent Center and Elgin Mental Health.
The education of our youth is of the utmost importance as well. The Auxiliary takes care of all the food service at the Legion Turkey Shoots in the fall and Ham Shoots in the spring of each year. All proceeds raised by the Kitchen are distributed as Scholarships to as many applicants as funds will allow.
Eligibility for membership is all mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters and grandmothers of members of the American Legion, or those who served in the Armed Forces of the United States during certain eligibility dates determined by Congress. For more information please call Post #76 at 630-682-0076. Leave your name and phone number saying you have questions about membership and we will be happy to return your call.