President Sharon’s theme this year is “Hearts on Fire for Veterans”. This is a great year to promote patriotism throughout your communities and foster the attitude of responsible citizenship. Having a strong patriotic program on Americanism reflects your appreciation for our Veterans and for this great country.
What are some of the ways Americanism can be incorporated into your Unit’s events and projects?
- Be knowledgeable on flag history, etiquette, and proper disposable.
- Promote the respect for the flag with articles in the newspaper, presentations in the schools, and how you observe patriotic holidays.
- Encourage businesses and family members to fly a flag on patriotic holidays.
- Host a flag awareness event in your schools and community and public functions.
- Hand out pocket flags during parades.
- This is a year of a Presidential election. Encourage members to vote and to support the amendment to protect the United States flag from desecration. Take your children/grandchildren with you when you vote. Explain the process and the importance of voting. Promote the Legion Family’s program “Get Out and Vote”
- Increase participation in the Americanism Essay Contest. This year’s theme is:
“How does learning about government and our America help you become a future guardian of the liberties of our country?”
Download the Americanism Essay contest cover sheet under the Americanism category at
- The contest shall include six classes.
Class Grade Level Word Requirement
I 3 and 4 150-250
II 5 and 6 250-300
III 7 and 8 350-400
IV 9 and 10 450-500
V 11 and 12 450-500
VI Students with special needs.
Word count should correspond with student’s grade level.
- Students with special needs are defined as:
- Those in special education classes
- A student recommended for special education classes, but who has not been admitted due to a waiting list or various other factors.
- A child identified as having a disability, but not in a special education class due to lack of facilities; identification contingent upon discretion of school officials
- Promote and support the activities of the American Legion’s family Americanism Program.
For more information on these programs – www.ialegion/org
- American Legion Baseball
- If your community does not have an American Legion baseball team, offer to hold a tournament.
- Oratorical contest
- Junior Shooting
- This promotes gun safety and marksmanship training for youth.
- Promote pride in belonging to the world’s largest patriotic organization, the American Legion Auxiliary.
- Encourage all members to wear their auxiliary apparel, displaying the “Honoring their Service” button, depicting the veteran who made them eligible for auxiliary membership.
- Always carry member applications for the legion family.
There are so many projects and events your unit can do to promote Americanism.
- Send a HS junior to Girls state.
- Hold a fundraiser to assist with a Honor Flight
- Participate in the Quilts of Valor
- Be creative and have fun when you promote the “Red, White, and Blue.” Don’t be afraid to sing along when you hear patriotic songs. Teach the youth the history of the “Star Spangled Banner” and the American flag.
- Take pictures and save newspaper articles as you promote Americanism to our youth, to our communities, and as you remember and continue to thank our Veterans.
Share your Patriotic stories in a narrative both mid – year, due by Dec 31, 2016 and the end of the year report, due April 30, 2017. Visit the national website for more ideas and the details for the end of year awards.
www.ALAforVeterans.org. It is imperative to use the correct cover sheet for all of your narratives. This can be found on the national website also. Include the following in your narratives:
- How many children did you sponsor in the Oratorical contest?
- How many flag programs did you provide, including flag disposal ceremonies?
- How did promote patriotic holidays?
- How did you encourage support of the flag amendment?
- How did help support the American Legion baseball and the Junior Shooting sports?
- How did you promote the American legion Auxiliary in your community?
- How many pocket flags were folded for active-duty military overseas?
Keep your “Hearts on Fire for Veterans” as you wave the flag for this great country.
This is the land of the Free, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE.