Department Americanism Program




"Americanism is an unfailing love of country, loyalty to its institutions and ideas; eagerness to defend it against all enemies; undivided allegiance to the flag; and a desire to secure the blessings of liberty and posterity.” As American citizens and Veterans of Foreign Wars members, we know what Americanism stands for. It was, and is still, our responsibility to defend the United States in a time of peace as it is in times of war, foreign or domestic. By practicing Americanism, we show our love of Country and must do so.

The Americanism Program:

·         Promotes Patriotism by celebrating America’s Patriotic Days.

·         Teaches respect and proper care for the U.S. Flag.

·        Flag Education for Kids

·        Federal Flag Code

·         Brings attention to Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action by hosting POW/MIA ceremonies to educate the public and honor these special veterans.

·         Recognizes the Nation’s top classroom elementary, junior high (middle school), and high school teachers who teach citizenship education topics regularly and promote America’s history and traditions effectively. Teachers who are prime candidates for the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education     Teacher Award promote civic responsibility, flag etiquette, and Patriotism. 

As veterans, we should promote and participate in Americanism every day of every year. There are many things a Post, a District, and an individual can do to promote Americanism. Here are just a few ideas. I am sure you can think of many more.

  •  Fly the American Flag daily at your Post Home or your private residence.
  •  Present Flags to different organizations, or donate a new one if you see a tattered flag.
  •  Hold flag etiquette sessions with various other organizations
  •  Encourage individuals to be informed by studying political issues and get out the vote.
  •  Furnish Color Guards for Civic Programs, athletic events, and Memorial Services.
  •  Remember Memorial Day, Independence Day, Patriot’s Day, POW/MIA Recognition Day, Pearl Harbor Day, Loyalty Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, and other memorial military days from our Nation’s past.