is an unfailing love of country, loyalty to its institutions and ideas;
eagerness to defend it against all enemies; undivided allegiance to the
flag; and a desire to secure the blessings of liberty and posterity.”
The Americanism Program
- Teaches respect and proper care for the U.S. Flag.
attention to Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action by hosting
POW/MIA ceremonies to both educate the public and honor these special
Patriotic Ways to Support Veterans
It’s a great day to be free. Have you thanked a Veteran today for fighting for your freedom?
are many ways to offer support to our veterans beyond telling them,
"Thank you for your service.” A few ideas are listed below:
- Host patriotic holiday parties for Veterans, active-duty military and their families. Invite
the entire family to come and join in the fun at your Post. Host a BBQ
or other meal and include patriotic music, games for both children and
adults, and fun decorations.
- Partner with other community organizations to reach more people. The
more, the merrier! Join forces with other organizations in your area
(Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, mental health agencies, food pantries, etc.)
to increase the services you can provide to Veterans, active-duty
military and their families.
- Educate youth about what it means to be a patriotic American. Partner
with schools or host special events for youth. Include age-appropriate
lessons and activities. You will likely not witness the impact of the
teachings, but they can make such an impact; those children will
remember the lessons and will be proud to walk up to a Veteran and say
U.S. Flags and/or present a certificate of recognition to a local
business, private citizen and/or youth group for flying the U.S. Flag. Distribute
flags to businesses, community organizations and schools that do not
have a flag flying or provide a new flag to those whose flag is
tattered. Present a certificate in recognition to those displaying the
U.S. Flag or POW/MIA flag. They will be honored to be recognized for
their American pride.
- Participate in a local parade. Who
doesn’t love a parade? Passing out flags to children, riding on a Post
float and marching with the colors are some typical ways to