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Americanism


Americanism’s Commitment to our Flag, our Future


T e Americanism Commission guides programs that cultivate leadership, sportsmanship, citizenship and character for young people, our next generation of leaders. Programs such as the Oratorical Contest, Junior Shooting Sports, Legion Baseball, the Junior Law Cadet Program, Boys State and Boys Nation have been enriching the lives of young people for years. T e new American Legion Youth Programs Alumni Association aims to bring together past participants, along with former Legion-scholarship recipients, to share their stories and continue to provide support. Alumni can now connect online at www.legion.org/youthalumni. T e U.S. flag is the most recognized symbol of Americanism, a pillar of T e American


Legion. Veterans and their families understand the price in blood our nation has paid to keep Old Glory fl ying, and believe it should be protected against acts of desecration. T e Legion has been focused on this issue since a 5-4 Supreme Court ruling in 1989 defi ned fl ag-burning as a form of free speech. T e Citizens Flag Alliance (CFA), a Legion-led coalition of more than 140 organizations, builds awareness of the issue and seeks support from Congress; the House has passed fl ag-amendment resolutions six times by supermajorities, but the Senate has fallen short. Flag-protection legislation has been introduced in both houses of the 112th Congress.


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Premier Programs of Americanism  National High School Oratorical Contest  Junior Shooting Sports Program  Boys State and Boys Nation  Support for Boy Scouts  American Legion Baseball  Junior Law Cadet Program  Scholarships, and information on federal and state educational benefi ts and programs


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Contact  acy@legion.org


Links  cfa-inc.orgwww.legion.org/scholarshipswww.legion.org/youthalumni


2011 | T e American Legion Annual Report 9


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