The Americanism program promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship by giving US citizens a chance to participate in the American Legion Auxiliary mission by feeling patriotic and demonstrating their support in an active visible way.
American Legion Auxiliary members share flag history, etiquette and proper disposal methods and promote the observation of patriotic holidays in their community. They also encourage member and their community to vote and support the amendment to protect the United States flag from desecration. The amendment currently reads, “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”
Additionally, the American Legion Auxiliary holds a student essay contest with a different Americanism related topic. The ALA essay contest is for students in grades 3-12 and is broken into 6 classes (See table below).
2017-18 Essay Title:
“What can I personally do to promote Americanism in my school or community?”
|CLASS||GRADE LEVEL||WORD REQUIREMENT|
|I||3 and 4||150-250|
|II||5 and 6||250-300|
|III||7 and 8||350-400|
|IV||9 and 10||450-500|
|V||11 and 12||450-500|
|VI||Students with Special Needs||Word count should correspond with student’s grade level.|
Members of the American Legion Auxiliary are encouraged to promote pride in belonging to the world’s largest patriotic organization.
The American Legion Auxiliary is a large supporter of the American Legion Americanism programs such as American Legion Baseball, Oratorical Contest and Junior Shooting Sports.