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Send veterans some love with a valentine

DEAR EDITOR:

Valentine’s Day is celebrated throughout the world as a day of love with flowers, chocolates and little candy hearts that say “be mine.”

“Valentines for Vets” is a program designed to send greetings and love to America’s veterans. In the years past before COVID-19, many school children across the country were busy coloring hearts, writing poems and sending good wishes to our nation’s bravest. Those valentines can be found hanging in veterans outpatient clinics, hospitals, overseas barracks and on the front of refrigerators. This year, many volunteer programs are unable to distribute valentines, so we are asking for everyone’s help to get the love out to veterans.

I invite you, along with the members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 737, to take a moment and remember the men and women who have served and continue to serve, by sending a valentine to one you know or one you appreciate at your local veterans post or medical facility. Don’t let this virus defeat our love for veterans!

American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for over a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families, both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of $3.1 billion. As part of the world’s largest patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military families through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the auxiliary’s mission, or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.alaforveterans.org. Happy Valentine’s Day!

KAREN SHESKO

American Legion Auxiliary

Unit 737, Lake Milton

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