AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA
Our Americanism program includes all activities tending to perpetuate American ideals and to uphold the principles of American democracy. The security of America lies in a citizenry in whose minds and hearts is ingrained a true understanding of and love for those ideals and principles upon which the nation was founded; a citizenry aware of the duties of citizenship and a wiliness to perform those duties even at the cost of great personal sacrifice. Americanism work is largely educational in character and is usually divided into three phases: work with the youth, the adult, and the community. All matters pertaining to the flag or patriotic education are rightly classified as Americanism activities.


AMERICANISM & ESSAY CONTEST FORMS

Patriotic Education
Every citizen should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Constitution of the United States.  Therefore, the Auxiliary has a very definite objective in emphasizing through its Americanism program the teachings of good citizenship.

Five-Point Program
Active Americanism in the home; active Americanism in the Unit; active Americanism in youth groups; active Americanism in adult groups; and active Americanism in our community.

Home
Revitalize our personal patriotism.  Be able to answer "What kind of an American am I?" Take an interest in our country's affairs. Express our belief in our love for America in our words and deeds.  Inspire children and young people in our homes and schools to develop fine characters, high ideals and a sincere appreciation of our heritage.  Be tolerant in thought and deeds towards others.  Vote intelligently after careful study of candidates and issues.


Unit

Appoint an active Americanism chairman.  Sponsor study classes for the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, flag etiquette, and great American characters.  Plan a patriotic conference.  Observe patriotic holidays.  Display the flag, keep it clean, and fold it properly.  Distribute flag etiquette brochures.

Youth Groups
Present Americanism awards in schools.  Sponsor debaters and essay contests.  Present flags to schools.  Encourage formation of student councils in elementary schools.  Present records and/or tapes of the Star-Spangled to Banner to schools.  Sponsor Boy and Girl Scout Troops.

Adult Groups
Sponsor citizenship classes and present flag codes, American Creed, and small American flags to new citizens.  Hold Americanism meetings and Community forums.  Place flag study course in night schools for foreign-born.

Community
Plan Town Meetings and other study groups, presenting both sides of a question.  Help with community observance of patriotic holidays.  Present flags where needed.  Use both printed and electronic media when presenting Americanism programs.  Watch for subversive group activities and report to proper authorities.  Visit local government groups in action and show interest in school boards, City Councils, County Boards, and Town Meetings.  Plant trees as memorials and study conservation programs.

Cooperative Effort
The Americanism program of The American Legion embraces a multiplicity of activities.  It necessitates real, honest, unselfish effort on the part of all members of The American Legion.  The members of the Auxiliary can effectively make patriotism a personal matter and they can select and successfully carry out projects adaptable to the needs of their communities.



National Emblem Sales
The American Legion
P O Box 1050
Indianapolis, IN 46206
Phone 1-888-4LEGION
      Suggested Material From Emblem Sales
Americanism and Essay Medals
Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States
Flags
Flag Appreciation Certificate
The Flag Code
Know Your America
Let's Be Right on Flag Etiquette
Light of Liberty
Our Country's Flag Comic Book
Pledge of Allegiance
Pledge of Allegiance Comic Book
AND MANY MORE


RESOURCES

http://www.legion.org      American Legion National web site.  Browse for information on Americanism.

http://www.usflag.org      A lot information on the United States Flag.

http://www.ushistory.org/betsy/index.html      Deals with flag history, trivia, and Betsy Ross.