Does your unit have any meetings? Do you recite the Pledge of Allegiance? If you answered yes to these questions, then you have no reason not to fill out an annual report for Americanism. What other things do you do for Americanism? There are many things under Americanism that we can do.
There is the Oratorical Contest coming up soon. How about the essay contest? Does your school participate? The theme this year is “How can we address the health and wellbeing of our veterans, military and their families?” Even though the theme is the same as last, year you cannot resubmit a report from last year. They need to be into the Department Americanism Chairman no later than March 25th. The cover sheet must be filled out for the essay to be considered. If the cover sheet is not filled out it will be discarded. You must also make sure the word count is correct for the class and grade level. The Oratorical Contest is a Legion program, however Auxiliary members can assist. This is for boys and girls in grades 9 thru 12. I have been a Judge and an Escort a few times. It is amazing to listen to these young people.
Also check out the Star-Spangled Kids program. This is an initiative to educate children and youth in the history of the United States from the aspect of patriotism, Americanism, and the US Constitution. Auxiliary members can partner with the American Legion Family, team with their Education Chairman, and bring veterans or active duty military into the classrooms to talk about what their service means in defending the Constitution. More information on this can be found on the National website at ALAforVeterans.org.
Don't forget to promote the flag program and fly your flag. Become involved in local patriotic programs, patriotic holiday observances, Get Out the Vote. Don’t be afraid to apply for awards -- both Department of Minnesota and National. You might be surprised.