2018-2019 National Americanism Ambassador/Patriotic Instructor
Three Ways to Promote Flags Across America in Your Community
The American Flag is a powerful symbol of pride and the freedoms we hold dear. Though we may fly the Flag year round, there are numerous patriotic holidays that provide an opportunity for the Flag to be prominently displayed in your community. It’s a goal of the Americanism Program this year – and really every year – to promote Flags Across America.
Grab a calendar and starting planning and promoting Flag display events in your community. There are more than a dozen patriotic holidays throughout the year, so start with patriotic days that remain in 2018:
- Patriot Day – September 11
- Constitution Day and Citizenship Day – September 17
- POW/MIA Recognition Day – September 21 (third Friday in September)
- Gold Star Mother’s/Family’s Day – September 30 (last Sunday in September)
- Veterans Day – November 11
- Pearl Harbor Day – December 7
Three ways to promote Flags Across America are:
- Auxiliary-organized Flag placement programs in your community. Line the following with American Flags:
- City streets
- Business driveways and/or properties
- Subdivision/neighborhood entrances
- Individual property
- Memorial Day has passed, however you can still place American Flags on graves of those who served our nation. Families of our fallen soldiers will appreciate your honor, kindness and appreciation for their service and sacrifice on patriotic days throughout the year.
- Do you have a neighbor or know of a veteran who has a flagpole in their yard or attached to their home without an American Flag? Perhaps the Flag is tattered and/or torn from being exposed to nature’s elements. Present a new Flag to them on behalf of the Auxiliary and invite them to an upcoming Flag Retirement Ceremony. If there is not a Flag retirement ceremony in the near future, please ensure it’s disposed of properly.
I’ve shared some of my ideas above and now it’s time to SWAP (Share Wonderful Auxiliary Projects) from Diane Lovett, Americanism Chairman of Auxiliary 4513 in Arkansas:
Hooked on Heroes is a charity organization in Benton, Arkansas, that hosts fishing tournaments with funds raised benefitting the Arkansas State Veterans Home at North Little Rock. The tournaments pair a volunteer fishing boat captain with active, retired and disabled veterans; the captains and veterans all get to fish and compete in the tournament. It’s a fun event for all who participate, gets local veterans involved in their local community and raises funds for a great cause – the Arkansas State Veterans Home.
Thank you, Diane, for your SWAP!
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