'Star Spangled Banner' Day sought by Legion

Legion family members are encouraged to help in the establishment and promotion of an annual day of observance for “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Last October the Legion’s National Executive Committee passed Resolution 48 (http://www.legion.org/documents/resolutions/2011F048.pdf), which, among other recommendations, calls for promoting the establishment of March 3 of each year as a national day of observance for “The Star Spangled Banner.”

 In order to assist in this endeavor, The American Legion Public Relations Divisions has made available several online resources. A sample “Star Spangled Banner” Day proclamation (http://www.legion.org/prmedia/word/Proclamation%20March%203%20NA%20Day.doc) is available, as is a letter to the editor for media dissemination (http://www.legion.org/prmedia/word/Post%20Letterhead.doc) and a list of suggested activities for March 3 (http://www.legion.org/prmedia/word/Suggested%20Star%20Spangled%20Banner%20and%20Other%20Patriotic%20Activities.doc).




  1. I can't sing worth a hoot but posts should consider forming choirs and, much like honor or color guards, offer them for events. The choirs could be male/female (post/auxiliary) and sing, among other patriotic songs, our Star Spangled Banner,.
  2. Just this week there was a letter to the editor in the Ft. Lauderdale Sun Sentinel. The writter was complaining about the quality of the presentations of the Star Spangled Banner at sporting events. His suggestion - invite military service branches to sing the anthem. I think that this is a great idea, and one that the American Legion could support. Not only would we get an uncorrupted version of the anthem but it would honor our serving soldiers. Can the legion 'influence' our professional sporting organizations to make this happen?
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