South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary



American Legion Auxiliary Symbol


President's Blog 

November 23, 2014

Thanksgiving Day is more than a day of fond memories, parades, football and special dinners.  It is also a day of thanks.  On Thanksgiving Day we are reminded of the bounty of treasures that is a part of our lives.  We spend a few moments before the Thanksgiving dinner to give thanks for the richness of our lives and for our wonderful family and friends.  For too many people, however, the meaning of Thanksgiving ends with spending a few moments of giving thanks at the dinner table.   

The true meaning of Thanksgiving, however, should not end after a prayer or a few seconds of meditation devoted to thanks.  The Holiday of Thanksgiving has broader significance. Thanksgiving is also a call to action.  It is important for us to remember that the word thanksgiving is composed of two words:  thanks and giving.  Through the Holiday of Thanksgiving we are reminded to give thanks and to share and give.  

I had the pleasure to experience the true meaning of Thanksgiving this last week by participating in three of our Christmas Gift Shops.  

Thank you to all the dedicated Auxiliary members who sent gifts and made financial donations to this program.  Your generosity is overwhelming and it demonstrates the true spirit of what "Thanksgiving" is all about.

To all the Auxiliary members, Legion members and Riders who came out and assisted, Thank you.  We could not have done it without you.

When I give "Thanks" on Thursday, I am going to remember to be thankful for what this organization has given to me personally.  Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

In the Spirit of Good Will!!


Click here for link to Veterans Relief Drive invitation

Click here for link to Fall District Meeting 2014 PowerPoint Presentation (may show as a downloaded file at the bottom of your screen and you will need to click a second time on that downloaded file to have it show fully on your screen)


2014-2015 Department President Carol Edwards


Theme: "Because of the Brave" 

Flower - Sunflower

Colors: Purple and Yellow

Songs:  Because of the Brave

This Land is Your Land & Servant Song