2016-2017 National Americanism Ambassador
Americanism: Patriotic Ways to Remember and Support Veterans
Sometimes as the news cycle changes our brave service men and women seem to be put on the back burner. It is up to us to make sure that the public remembers that we still have troops in harm’s way fighting for freedom as well as those at home that need our support. There are many ways to honor our veterans beyond telling them, “Thank you for your service.” A few ideas are listed below:
- Educate youth about what it means to be a patriotic American.
- Visit a classroom and teach them about the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Ask a veteran to go with you and tell the students about their experience and why they are proud of their service.
- Tell your children and grandchildren about the veterans in your family.
- Host holiday parties for veterans, active-duty military and their families at your Post. Invite the entire family to come and join in the fun at your Post. St. Patrick’s Day is coming up. Deck out your post with shamrocks and pots of gold. You could have fun music, games for both children and adults, and of course some fun treats.
- Ask an aging veteran to share with you the song that really takes them back. This could open the door to a great conversation and possibly a new friendship. Really listen to what they have to say and remember to say “thank you.”
- Present a certificate of recognition to a local business, private citizen and/or youth group for flying the Flag. Present a certificate in recognition to those displaying the Flag or POW/MIA flag. They will be honored to be recognized for their American pride.
- Wear patriotic clothing. It sounds so simple, but it shows your patriotic spirit. You can never show too much pride in your country.
REPORT! REPORT! REPORT!
The deadline for your Americanism Year End Report is quickly approaching. I’m sure each of you have promoted Americanism and patriotism in your Auxiliary. I can’t stress how important it is to report your hard work, not only for this program, but for all of our programs. A reminder to the Department Chairman: In order to be eligible for awards, I must have a minimum of four promotions. Those who have been reporting are doing a great job – keep up the good work!
Thank you for all you do for our veterans!