American Legion Auxiliary is dedicated to promoting patriotism in the community through a variety of activities and programs, including the observance of patriotic holidays, flag etiquette and distribution, education of our youth about history and voting and support of veterans, service members and their families. OBJECTIVE # 1: Promote the American Legion Auxiliary’s value of Americanism through community education about flag etiquette and respect by demonstrating leadership in support of our county and our military. Action Steps Be knowledgeable on flag history, etiquette and proper disposal so your community will look to the American Legion Auxiliary for information.
Promote community awareness of yellow ribbon reintegration programs (reintegrating troops back to the community), deployment of troops and welcome-home events. Contact your local Family Readiness Group support person for details. Information is available at www.armyfrg.org . More information on yellow ribbon reintegration program is available in the National Security Plan of Action.
Be active in observing patriotic holidays. Encourage flying the flag every day but especially on patriotic holidays.
Participate in the Pocket Flag project by providing flags for deploying troops.
Encourage schools to recite the Pledge of Allegiance daily.
Support the amendment to protect the United States flag from desecration.
2013-2014 Patriot Holidays Include: September 11 - Patriot Day September 17 - Citizenship Day
OBJECTIVE # 2: Increase awareness and participation in youth activities that support respect for our flag and loyalty to our country.
Action Steps Encourage participation in the Americanism Essay Contest by increasing awareness through stronger networking in schools, youth groups (4-H, YMCA, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, FFA, Girl Scouts of America), and home school associations. The Americanism Essay Contest encourages participants to learn about the fundamental rights and freedoms we enjoy today. This year’s theme is “How can I show pride in being an American?”
OBJECTIVE #3: Promote Auxiliary participation in the American Legion Americanism programs.
Action Steps Support American Legion Baseball - Contact your local American Legion chairman to see what their needs are.
Oratorical Contest - A speaking contest to help students develop a deeper understanding of the United States Constitution. Support your local Legion chairman by offering to locate interested students, be an escort or timekeeper or even a judge.
Junior Shooting Sports – Promotes gun safety and marksmanship trading for youth. Offer your local chairman help with scoring, supervision or transportation.
Objective 4: Show pride in belonging to the world’s largest patriotic women’s organization, the American Legion Auxiliary. Action Steps:
Wear and display your “Honoring Their Service” button depicting the veteran through whom you are eligible for Auxiliary membership. Use this tool as a way to discuss your appreciation for your family member and their service to our country. This discussion often leads to a conversation about the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission and it programs.
Write an elevator speech that explains the American Legion Auxiliary and its programs to potential members.
Resources: Capitol Building flags: To order flags flown over the Capitol, contact your Congressional Representative or Senator or visit his/her website. Flags are available for a nominal fee; 4-6 weeks should be allowed for delivery.
Emblem Sales: www.emblem.legion.org Flag education DVD: explains the history, significance, meaning, proper display and treatment of the U.S. flag. Let’s Be Right on Flag Etiquette – a question and answer booklet on proper flag etiquette.
The American Legion Flag Advocacy: www.legion.org/flag
The American Legions Action Program of Americanism brochure: www.legion.org/publications
See program page on www.ALAforVeterans.org for additional resources.
Available from the Department Office:
Let’s Be Right on Flag Etiquette $1.00 each
Americanism Manual $0.50 each
Flag of the United States $0.20 each
During this 2013-2014 year, we serve under the theme “Patriotism - Thank Our Veterans - Teach our Children”.