Local Auxiliaries encourage patriotism through the promotion of community Memorial Day services, participation in parades and service on committees publicizing observance of national holidays. They greet new citizens at Naturalization Court and present certificates and monetary prizes at graduation ceremonies to students excelling in the study of American history. Volunteers serve as guides at the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Civil War Museum and Library, explaining exhibits and assisting researchers. Dressed in authentic reproductions of Civil War period clothing, members present illustrated talks and first impressions of noted Civil War personalities at schools and community meetings. We cooperate in the sponsorship of military balls and reenactments of actual Civil War events and battles to acquaint the public with our country’s history.
Charitable deeds are encouraged and are an important part of our Auxiliary life. Members are very generous in giving of their time and substance. Visits are made to nursing homes and hospitals providing musical entertainment, parties and companionship to the residents. Lap robes are knitted and books collected for distribution to Veterans Administration hospitals. Volunteers drive the elderly and disabled to church, doctor’s appointments, and food markets. Meals cooked for needy children, and service given to the Meals on Wheels program. Sisters are always ready to offer assistance and comfort to each other in time of need. At the annual Encampment (convention) the National organization presents a donation to a charity or veterans home in the city in which they are holding their meeting.