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The Quilt of Valor

Raising awareness, raising funds

Special to Atmore News

Valor means great acts of courage in the face of danger, especially in battle. Medals are awarded for acts of valor.
Awards of valor signify bravery, courage, nerve, daring, fearlessness, audacity, boldness, heroism and spirit.
In Judges 6:12 God calls and empowers men to be mighty men of valor. By doing so, they are invited to become one of God’s choice warriors.
In the days we are in today, all of us are being called daily to speak up, act upon and support what is right in this world and speak against what is not desirable in this world. We cannot depend entirely in our uniformed military to do all of these things for us.
This quilt is very significant to our American Legion Auxiliary and our Junior Auxiliary where we learn and are taught SERVICE ABOVE SELF.
Members who serve in these organizations are not members for what they can get out of the organization, but what can we give of ourselves to God, Country, Military, State and Community. Our Auxiliary wants to focus largely on children. We believe that what children are taught that influences development of their morals will continue throughout their lives through school and into their adult lives and in raising their children. It is important to pass on love for God, country, our flag, the national anthem and other symbols of patriotism.
Rules for developing veteran organizations were established by Congress. The eligibility in these organizations are through veteran relatives.
Ladies and young ladies (newborn to 18 years of age) must prove relationship to someone who has served in the military. That veteran (if living) must be a member of the American Legion. If deceased, membership can be accomplished through producing a DD-214 which is proof of service.
You may receive more information on relationship information and on service dates eligibility, established by law. You may also just come to a scheduled meeting at the American Legion.
Tickets for purchasing chances on this queen-sized quilt will available now through Williams Station Day. It will be on display at Williams Station Day. The drawing to determine [the winner] will occur at the end of that day.
Tickets will be $5 each, and 3 chances for $10. Funds raised in this manner will be used primarily to promote children’s activities. We want to send all of our juniors to summer camp, [have] Christmas with Santa for children of active duty military who will spend the holidays away from their children, and [engage] special speakers.
For eligible girls, the enrollment fee will be paid by the American Legion Auxiliary.
Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month. Junior girls meet at 4:30 p.m.; adults meet at 5:30 p.m.
Parents may attend children’s meeting and children may stay for adult meetings.
For more information, contact Mary Stanley 251-359-0199, or Glenda Chancy, 251-368-4813.