World War II Marine Corps veteran Jack Cowley of Falmouth, Mass. spends three nights a week at Friendly's restaurants giving young children free flags and teaching them a little about patriotism, character and citizenship.
The 2016 American Legion National Oratorical Contest once again featured some of the top youth speakers and scholars from throughout the United States. In competition for major scholarship funding, they take their performances extremely seriously. Photos of the behind-the-scenes preparation, excitement and anxiety shown in this gallery are by Clay Lomneth and Lucas Carter of The American Legion's national Marketing, Media & Communications staff.