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5-6 SAL Spring NEC Meetings, Indianapolis

6 Child Welfare Foundation board of directors meeting, Indianapolis

7-10 Spring NEC Meetings, Indianapolis

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15 Peace Offi cers Memorial Day

19 Armed Forces Day 28 Memorial Day

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14 Flag Day (Pause for the Pledge, 7 p.m. EDT)


1 Department Children & Youth reports due to National Headquarters

4 Independence Day

15 Child Welfare Foundation grant applications due to National Headquarters (postmarked NLT)

20-27 American Legion Boys Nation, Washington

26-28 National Membership Workshop, Indianapolis

26-28 Department Service Offi cers School, Indianapolis

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Protecting the fl ag worth the fi ght Have you ever had the privilege of attending

the funeral of a veteran or a servicemember killed in the line of duty? I’m quite certain that most Legionnaires, at one time or another, have stood at the graveside of an American who wore the uniform, rendering a fi nal salute. In fact, thousands regularly volun- teer their time to be part of their post’s honor guard, considering it a sacred duty to pay tribute to our departed comrades and their families. Every moment of these

ceremonies is moving, but perhaps the most powerful is when a servicemember steps forward to present the U.S. fl ag to the surviving family. Every time, that fl ag has been meticulously folded, usually by two representatives from the deceased’s branch of service, and is gently placed in the hands of the widow, the parents or the children, on behalf of a grateful nation. Sometime between the folding of the fl ag and

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the presentation, a lump forms in my throat. At times, I’ve had to blink back tears. Even the most stoic of men labor to keep their emotions in check as Old Glory – folded smartly so that only the blue and the stars are showing – is received by surviving family members. T ere is no greater sendoff to Americans who in wartime put our country fi rst, and no better way to thank the loved ones who supported them. For more than 200 years, U.S. fl ags have

draped the caskets of young and old alike, from those who made the supreme sacrifi ce in battle to those who made it home. In every case, the fl ag honors what they gave to America and, for their loved ones, conveys the nation’s gratitude.

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DESIGNER Rebecca Staley At other times, the Stars and Stripes rallies

Americans. Raised at Ground Zero in the grim days following 9/11, our fl ag sent a message to friends and enemies that the United States wouldn’t go quietly into the night. For legal immigrants aspiring to American citizenship, the fl ag has long meant the hope for a better life. For Olympic athletes about to receive a medal, the fl ag embodies pride in self and country. T ere is no symbol more powerful in our

nation, yet because of a 1989 Supreme Court decision, that symbol remains unprotected against physical desecration. Every time the U.S. fl ag is burned or ripped, it’s an aff ront to those of us who know it’s far more than a piece of cloth. For more than 20 years, T e American Legion

has led the campaign against fl ag desecration, lobbying Congress on behalf of the millions of Americans who support a constitutional amend- ment that would return to the people the right to protect their fl ag. Currently, two pieces of legisla- tion – H.J. Res 13 in the House, S.J. Res. 13 in the Senate – await action. T ey say, simply: “T e Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the fl ag of the United States.” So far, there are 82 co-sponsors in the House, and 33 have signed on in the Senate. T at’s not enough. Contact your elected senators and representatives. If they’re co-sponsors, thank them. If they’re not, ask them to sign on to show their support for the legislation. We’ve made it easy to contact them online through the Legisla- tive Action Center ( T ere is no symbol more powerful or more worth prot

otecting than our fl ag. ng than our flag Memoranda


A new American Legion National Convention page has been created on Facebook. The page is designed to allow American Legion family members to share information about American Legion national conventions and interact with other Legionnaires who plan on attending the national convention. All Legion family members are encouraged to visit the page and click “Like.”

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On June 14 at 7 p.m., Americans across the country will pause to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The Pause for the Pledge was started in 1980 by a small group of patriotic Baltimore business leaders. It has since evolved into a national event, with communities and organizations across the country conducting their own Pause for the Pledge.

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