2018-2019 National Americanism Ambassador/Patriotic Instructor
There are six Americanism Program goals and initiatives this year and I hope your Auxiliary has completed at least one. Below is a recap of these goals and initiatives.
SAFTEY IN AMERICA/DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
Our world today is uncertain and unpredictable. We need to be prepared for challenges and natural disasters when they come our way. I have made suggestions of items you could keep in a back pack in your vehicle(s) and/or a container in your home.
FLAGS ACROSS AMERICA
Auxiliaries are encouraged to partner with their Post, local businesses, corporations, civic organizations, chambers of commerce, churches, schools, police and fire departments, etc., to place Flags in prominent locations in cities and towns on patriotic holidays.
FLAG EDUCATION AND ETIQUETTE
A large part of showing Americanism and demonstrating the patriotic spirit is respecting and properly caring for the U.S. Flag. Flag etiquette covers everything from proper display of our Flag to acceptable conduct around this symbol of our nation.
Patriotic holidays are an opportune time to involve the whole family and bring community attention to your Auxiliary. When fun family events are presented to the community, prospective new members will walk through your door. Patriotic holidays can serve as the perfect way to show your Auxiliary supports patriotism, veterans and their families as a top priority.
Auxiliary members are passionate about bringing attention to former Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action by holding ceremonies to both educate their communities and honor these special veterans. One way to honor these veterans and educate youth and the community on this subject is by having a Missing Man Table Ceremony.
SMART/MAHER VFW NATIONAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION TEACHER AWARD
The VFW annually recognizes the nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively. Teachers who are prime candidates for this award promote civic responsibility, Flag etiquette and patriotism.
Please report the wonderful activities your Auxiliary is doing to promote Americanism in your community!