OGDEN -- Connie Edmuson's husband is a Vietnam veteran and she has been a member of the Women's Auxiliary for the Veteran's of Foreign War Post in Ogden for several years.
She heard that her group could sponsor a Junior Girls chapter and wanted for her granddaughters to have the chance to learn a bit more about veterans because of their family history, and her granddaughters also often asked questions.
So she and some other members got busy and started a chapter last year.
Now every month about 10 young girls get together to provide a little service for the VFW and learn more about the country, community and personal improvement. In mid April, the girls learned about emergency preparedness and in May they will be putting together ladies' hygiene kits.
Cindy Rusch is president of the Ladies Auxiliary and she often comes to the Junior Girls' meetings. She loves spending time with them and that they are so willing to give service and learn about the VFW.
She said they have tried to start chapters here and there, but haven't always been successful, but this time things have been going strong.
"They are like the junior us. They are very achieving girls," she said.
Many of the girls wear bandelos, or sashes dotted with jeweled beads to signify the badges they have earned in different categories ranging from citizenship to service to crafting.
In order to be in the group a girl must have a mother, father, grandmother or grandfather who has served on foreign soil.
"It helps them to learn to respect their country, their flag and learn leadership," Edmuson said.
Bryndee Atwood is the president. The 14-year-old said she has learned a lot from the experience of Junior Girls.
She loves walking in the summer parades and visiting the veterans at the George Wahlen Veteran's Home, something the girls do regularly. One of her favorite things is to collect donations for the Buddy Poppies, which are small silk flower poppies that represent the bloodshed of the VFW.
Disabled veterans arrange and make the small flower pieces. The Women's Auxiliary buys them from the disabled veterans and collects donations for the arrangements and uses the money for different service activities or for the disabled veterans.
Atwood loves being involved with that because she sees the direct result of her service.
Atwood also hopes to earn a scholarship through the Junior Girls as she gets older.
Ivy Meek, 12, heard about the Junior Girls from a friend at school and thought she would like to try it out. Her mom and step-dad have both served active duty in the army and have been deployed to Iraq at different times in the past few years.
She has loved the group as well. Her favorite part has been adopting a grandparent at the George Wahlen nursing home.
She remembers when they went and visited the people there and got to pick a grandparent.
"We took pictures and visited with them. It was just fun," Meek said.