The Americanism program promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship. What does this mean for the American Legion Auxiliary? Simply put we need to promote Americanism in everything we do.
Are you knowledgeable on flag history, etiquette and proper disposal? If you are then share that knowledge with others. Publish tips in your newspaper, conduct a flag disposal event, or host a flag awareness event in your local school, your post home or at a public function. Encourage everyone to fly their flag everyday not just holidays. Promote pocket flags for our military on the front lines.
We educate others by not only talking but our actions. Be sure to respect the flag at sporting events. You would be surprised at how many people will follow your lead when you remove everything from your hands, remove your hat and place your hand over your heart.
Encourage members to vote and to support the amendment to protect the flag. Currently it reads, “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.” We need to also contact our state and federal representatives asking them to support the flag amendment. Not only do we need to support the Get out the Vote campaign we also need to support the Kids Voting USA campaign.
The ALA also needs to get behind the American Legion Americanism programs. Volunteer at an American Legion Baseball game. You can help with stats, work the concession stand, or get donations for a team. Support the Junior Shooting Sports by volunteering to keep score or maybe provide transportation.
Let’s also not forget the Department of Illinois Americanism Essay Contest. This contest is sponsored by the American Legion, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary. The theme for 2016 – 2017 is, “What the American Flag Means to Me”. Encourage your schools to participate. Don’t forget to get your juniors involved.
As American Legion Auxiliary members, let’s lead the way to getting patriotism and responsible citizenship on the mind of every American citizen.