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American Legion Auxiliary celebrates 100-year anniversary

The American Legion Auxiliary, founded on November 10, 1919, celebrates its 100-year anniversary. As the world’s largest women’s patriotic organization, its goals are to provide assistance to the American Legion, to our veterans and military, and to make our communities a better place to live. 

The Auxiliary’s theme is “Service Above Self.” Last year, the National organization’s volunteer hours had an impact of over $1 billion.

The Auxiliary’s main source of income is its poppy fundraiser when red paper poppies are exchanged for donations. Poppy fund projects of Laguna Beach Unit 222 include donating supplies to Camp Pendleton schools and supporting numerous projects including Fisher House at Long Beach V.A., the Gary Sinise Foundation, Pets for Vets, and many others. 

The Unit sponsors high school juniors for the “Girl State” program and creates and fills handmade Christmas stockings with goodies and ships them to our troops overseas.

American Legion Poppy

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Photo by Scott Brashier 

Laying of a wreath made of Poppies in honor of our veterans last year 

Auxiliary members assist American Legion Post 222 with events including the Easter egg hunt at Laguna Beach High School, Memorial Day service at Heisler Park, the Veterans Day ceremony, and organize the Post’s monthly dinner socials. In November the club decorates a Christmas tree for the Sawdust Winter Fantasy.

If you are not currently an Auxiliary member and are related to a veteran or active duty military, as a mother, wife, daughter, sister, grandmother, granddaughter, or great-granddaughter, you are welcome to join Unit 222.

Auxiliary Unit 222 appreciates the community’s support. Your membership counts when the American Legion goes to Washington, D.C. to lobby for veterans’ bills. 

For more information, contact Sandi Werthe at (949) 494-6016 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..