American Legion posts across the country are taking advantage of the new Flag Rewards program offered by American Legion Emblem Sales, and are earning significant credit to spend on items for their posts and programs.
Top Flag Rewards posts with more than $1,000 in community flag purchases from January 1 to May 1 include Corinth, N.Y. Post 533; Honeoye, N.Y. Post 1278; Fair Haven, Vt., Post 49; Sanborn, N.Y., Post 1451; Williams, Ariz., Post 42; Bradford, Ill., Post 445; New Windsor, N.Y. Post 1796; Wendell, N.C., Post 148; Marseilles, Ill. Post 235.
Top Flag Rewards posts with more than $500 in community flag purchases from January 1 to May 1 include: Punta Gorda, Fla., Post 103; Oyster Bay, N.Y., Post 4; Waterman, Ill., Post 654; Hermon, Maine, Post 200; Mayville, Mich., Post 181; Franklin, Ind., Post 205; Glasford, IL Post 35; Geneseo, N.Y., Post 271; Vergennes, Vt., Post 14; Calhoun City, Miss., Post 50; West Branch, Iowa, Post 514; Parkersburg, W.Va., Post 15; Moorpark, Calif., Post 502; Ferndale, Wash., Post 154; Cheyenne, Wy., Post 6; Ruston, La., Post 2; Jonesville, Mich., Post 195; Wheatland, Wy., Post 10; Parsonsfield, Maine, Post 123; and Caledonia, Mich., Post 305.
Introduced in August 2010 by American Legion Emblem Sales, Flag Rewards is a program based on American flag purchases made by a post and its local community. In total, over 200 posts have earned credit to spend in 2012. Over 500 posts have signed up for the growing program, and over 1,200 businesses and individuals have signed on to sponsor a local post.
Participating posts can receive a 10-cent credit for each dollar spent on the purchase of American Flags. The credit is good towards the future purchase of any Emblem Sales catalog item. An example would be a post receiving a $2 future credit by purchasing a $20 American Flag.
Qualifying purchases include those made by the post, as well as by the post's members, friends, neighbors, local schools and businesses that choose to "sponsor" the post by buying their flags from The American Legion. A new website  has been established where sponsors may purchase their flags directly from American Legion Emblem Sales to benefit their local post.
While making The American Legion the primary source for communities to purchase their American Flags, posts are encouraged to spread the message that an American Flag purchased from The American Legion will give a direct financial benefit to the local post, and help local veterans serve their community. The program is designed to increase visibility of American Legion members in their local neighborhoods and communities, increase contact with local businesses & civic leaders, and increase membership recruiting opportunities through contact with patriotic neighbors.
To participate, post adjutants can register their Posts online here .