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Spotlight on Americanism- January

Jan 13, 2015


Color guards have been an important part of American history. In early history, flags were used for a number of purposes. A detachment of soldiers was usually assigned to protect the flag. As history moved forward, color guards were used to lead marching bands, drum and bugle corps and other types of marching units. At a later convention, a color guard competition also became a feature of The American Legion Convention. Since then, The American Legion, having its foundation in the military, has designated these classes of competition to the preservation and education of our country’s rich and patriotic history of honor guards by all of our Legion Family Organizations. The Legion is dedicated to upholding proper protocol, point of honor and due and proper respect for our National Colors in all ceremonial situations. (Taken from The American Legion National Convention Color Guard Rule Book )

Of the many ways to let the community know what The Sons of The American Legion is all about, nothing compares to a successful Uniformed Groups program. Be it a color guard, honor guard, flag line, drill team, or drum corps, this is your showcase to the community.

Honor guards at funeral services, color guards presenting the colors at school events, flag lines and drill teams in parades, and drum corps competitions, all with your squadrons name and number in front of thousands of people all looking at you and learning that The American Legion is more than a place where veterans go to socialize. Be it a two member degree team or a drill team of over one hundred, It is a known fact that the more a community sees the good you do, the more they want to be a part of it.

Another important thing to remember is "Don't limit yourselves". Although The National American Legion Contest is classified for adult guards, there is so much to be gained working with youth color guards and drill teams locally. Members with children can participate more in Post activities when the entire family is involved.

The American Legion National Website contains many links to the national contest and what it takes to form, train and compete at a national level. Military guides such as the Field Military 22-5 Drill and Ceremonies Manual are also available on line.

In your squadron uniformed groups goes beyond the outward appearance of the members. It is showcased in action and in thoughts. Radiating from the uniformity is a deep sense of loyalty and pride, of solid discipline and the never ending quest for excellence.

Profile your Post Home, Raise awareness of your Americanism Programs, and increase membership, Start a successful Uniformed Group at your Squadron.

Bill Towns
Sons of The American Legion
Americanism Commission