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American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Illinois

Americanism

Chairman Angela Golightly
309-945-2551
ago_lightly@hotmail.com

This year the Americanism program is going to ‘Pass the Baton, by teaching Americanism, to Strive for the Gold for Veterans’. Every battle our Veterans fought was under the American Flag, that symbol that represents freedom. Teach others how to treat and respect it.

To strive for the gold we must learn the programs and pass them on. In Americanism the fundamentals are 1) patriotism 2) respect for our flag and 3) supporting our Legion Americanism programs.
Share ideas on how to promote Americanism in your units. Find or make events to teach flag etiquette and respect (schools, post home, public functions) and publish them in the newspaper and on social media.

Participate in a flag disposal ceremony. rganize and participate in local patriotic holiday events. Encourage local businesses & other members to fly a flag especially on patriotic holidays.
Compile a list of patriotic holidays and events to share with your Units and others. Sign up to receive notifications on when to display your flag at half-staff. Order pocket flag kits and distribute to members for assembly. Identify and distribute assembled pocket flags to active-duty military overseas.

*Promote American Legion Americanism programs with your Post Chairman
… Participate in the Illinois Americanism Essay Contest: details will be sent to all Units. The Illinois contest subject is What National Monument Means the Most to Me
… American Legion Baseball. Help with statistics. Work the concession booth. Donate. Contact local sports shops for donations toward a fundraiser or offer a discounted price to purchase needed items
…Oratorical Contest: Help prepare post home to sponsor local or district contest. Offer to be a judge or timekeeper. Offer to help out with refreshments. Provide transportation for candidates. Help recruit candidates at local schools and other organizations. ! Contact history teachers or debate coaches.
… Junior Shooting Sports: promotes gun safety & marksmanship training for youth. Help with scoring, supervising or transportation. Help recruit candidates at local schools and other groups. Contact JROTC at local schools.
*Support the Flag Amendment to protect the United States flag from desecration.
....Contact state & federal representatives, asking them to support the flag amendment. Vote. Encourage others to vote. Take your children/grandchildren with you when you vote- many places have kid related voting. Tell others about the flag amendment.

Let’s have a lot of competition for the Department plaques. The Ricky’s Country Girls Americanism Plaque will go to the Unit submitting the most outstanding participation on promoting the Americanism program to the schools. The Doris Shultz God Bless America Plaque will go the Unit for the best overall participation in the Americanism program. My personal awards will be $10 for the Unit with the best participation in the Essay Contest and $10 for the Unit with the best participation in the Flag Project.
Please contact your Units for mid-year reporting and pass the information onto me. In whatever you do continue to be great examples of what a patriotic American does to honor our Veterans and these United States. Together we can promote and encourage patriotism! Angela Golightly Americanism Chairman American Legion Auxiliary Department of Illinois ago_lightly@hotmail.com or 309-945-2551 and leave a message.

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