"Americanism is an unfailing love of country, loyalty to
its institutions and ideas; eagerness to defend it against all enemies;
undivided allegiance to the flag; and a desire to secure the blessings of
liberty and posterity.”
The Americanism Program
- Teaches respect and proper care
for the U.S. Flag.
· Flag Education For Kids
· Federal Flag Code
- Brings attention to Prisoners
of War and those Missing in Action by hosting POW/MIA ceremonies to both
educate the public and honor these special veterans.
· Missing Man Ceremony
Patriotic Ways to Support Veterans
It’s a great day to be free. Have you thanked a
Veteran today for fighting for your freedom?
There are many ways to offer support to our veterans beyond
telling them, "Thank you for your service.” A few ideas are listed
- Host patriotic holiday parties
for Veterans, active-duty military and their families. Invite the entire family to come and join in the
fun at your Post. Host a BBQ or other meal and include patriotic
music, games for both children and adults, and fun decorations.
- Partner with other community
organizations to reach more people. The more, the merrier! Join forces with other
organizations in your area (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, mental health
agencies, food pantries, etc.) to increase the services you can provide to
Veterans, active-duty military and their families.
- Educate youth about what it
means to be a patriotic American. Partner
with schools or host special events for youth. Include
age-appropriate lessons and activities. You will likely not witness
the impact of the teachings, but they can make such an impact; those
children will remember the lessons and will be proud to walk up to a
Veteran and say "thank you.”
- Distribute U.S. Flags and/or
present a certificate of recognition to a local business, private citizen
and/or youth group for flying the U.S. Flag. Distribute flags to businesses, community organizations
and schools that do not have a flag flying or provide a new flag to those
whose flag is tattered. Present a certificate in recognition to
those displaying the U.S. Flag or POW/MIA flag. They will be honored
to be recognized for their American pride.
- Participate in a local parade.
Who doesn’t love a parade?
Passing out flags to children, riding on a Post float and marching with
the colors are some typical ways to participate.
Be sure to invite local media to attend these events!
A picture or an article in your local newspaper reminds your community
that the VFW continues to support our Veterans and our communities with
American patriotic pride.