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State House, Room 546-2, Boston, Massachusetts 02133

American Legion Auxiliary - Department of Massachusetts



​     Where is the time going?  It is already almost 4 months since I took office, picked up my flight plan and started on this amazing journey!  Things have been pretty much non-stop, but we haven't hit any turbulence, so this is good.  After installation and visiting at Legion Convention for a few moments in Plymouth, I was off to address the citizens of the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and The American Legion Boys State program at Stonehill College and tell them the history/story of Poppies.  So I must say.......all those high schooler eyes on me was pretty nerve racking.  I was honored to be able to attend and at times participate in some District Installations.  Our Female Aviators are really trying to SOAR to new heights in programs and ideas!  July was the month of American Legion Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program (formerly Student Trooper).  This program, in cooperation with the MA State Police provides first hand experiences and insights into the operations of law enforcement.  Our State Police are so dedicated to this program that they ran the two one week sessions back to back, something not attempted before.  To see the transformation of these young adults (15-17 yrs old) was amazing.  I need to thank one of the co-chairs to this program, Louis Brault for inviting me to attend this with him as a representative of the American Legion Auxiliary.  Point of interest was that out of the 30 young women (out of 200 invited participants), 29 completed the program.  These young women Dared to SOAR!!  I was invited back to my hometown of Beverly for a re-dediction of Ellis Square at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Interesting information about this square, in the center of town is that this is where the recruiter's office was located.  After many visited with the recruiters, they were then told to go wait on the bench for the bus that would take them into Boston to be processed for service during Vietnam.  August came and many from Massachusetts and other parts of the country and the world decended into the Biggest Little Town of Reno, Nevada.  Much information was provided to help us continue in our mission of serving veterans and community.  I was invited to participate in the Labor Day parade in Marlboro, MA.  I never knew anyone celebrated this holiday with such a great parade.  Was perfect weather for it.  Unfortunately other area of the country have been experiencing terrible weather mostly as a result of hurricanes.  MA AEF stepped up and donated $1000.00 to the relief efforts.  I have faith that our membership will continue to provide funds to this program so that we may continue with out Women helping Women!  I do know that others (individuals, Units and Districts) have also donated to this fund.  As is always said......don't forget this information for your end of year reports.  Chairman of AEF also has approval to provide airplane jewelry (for men and women) for a nominal donation of $5.00.  The American Legion POW Remembrance Ceremony was once again held on board the USS Massachusetts.  I was invited to give the remarks from the ALA of MA.  What a perfect Day for this somber occassion.  District 3 (my District where I am National Security/POW Chair) held its' POW Recognition Ceremony at The Big E in West Springfield, MA.  Storrowton has graciously allowed us to use "The Meeting House" (white church) to conduct this service which happens to be on opening day of the fair.  A day known as Military/Veterans Appreciation Day.  The Day concluded with a Military Parade with many organizations represented.  I was proud to have the ALA Department flag as part of the color guard organized by American Legion District Three Commander, Drew Pajak.  I have made my way across the state with some District visitations and more on the schedule.  That's all I have to report for now........Thank you all for this great opportunity To Soar With the Eagles!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Maureen (Amelia Earhart) Cragen President 2017-2018






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