Americanism is an unfailing love of country, loyalty to its institutions and ideals, eagerness to defend it against all enemies, individual allegiance to the flag, and a desire to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.
Through the Americanism Commission, Legion programs for our nation’s youth – the National High School Oratorical Contest, the Junior Shooting Sports Program, Boys State and Boys Nation, American Legion Baseball, and Scouting support – including The American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year Award and The American Legion Scouting Square Knot Award – have helped thousands reach their potential by building physical, mental and moral alertness, while cultivating strong character and civic responsibility.
The commission also works to help legal immigrants prepare for citizenship and assimilation into U.S. society. Over the decades, many posts, districts and departments have hosted orientation sessions to help teach proficiency in English, U.S. history and civics.
Counter-Subversive Activities Committee: Robert G. Bournival, New Hampshire, Chairman Emphasizes importance, awareness of subversive activities and influences
National Committee on Education The Rev. James T. Akers, Kansas, Chairman Works to maintain a strong relationship between posts and schools