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Americanism

August 2022

Let me start by introducing myself. I am Doug Hockenberry from Blanton-Thompson, American Legion Post 155 of Crystal River, Florida, and I am honored and humbled to be your Americanism Chair for Legion Year 2022-2023.

As you know Americanism is one of our Four Pillars, and within the American Legion we have key programs that promote Americanism amongst our youth. Through these programs, we possess the ability to make a positive impact on the youth of today and influence their course in life, their future. We do this through the Oratorical Program, Youth Law Cadet Program, Boys State and Boys Nation, Junior Shooting Sports Program, and American Legion Baseball (just to name a few). You see we have the ability, and we possess the programs (the tools), whereby we can influence the youth of today to grow up and be good upstanding Americans who will honor our National Colors, show respect for each another and defend the moral fiber of everything we stand for in the American Legion.

On that note, I ask that you look at the programs within the American Legion and discuss it with your Post Leadership to see which program or programs you want to take on. In return, I ask two things of you. First, if you take on a program, give it your all, give it 100% of your time and effort. Secondly, do not take on more programs than you can effectively manage. I would rather you do one or two programs and do them to perfection.
Now is the time to prepare for the successful deployment of an effective program throughout your respective School Districts. As we all know school will be back in session starting in just a few weeks. That being said, now is the time to think about how you are going to present Americanism Programs to your school administrators and teachers within your schools. There is a plethora of information on Americanism and its’ programs located on both the American Legion National website as well as the Department of Florida American Legion website. Take advantage of those resources to enhance your knowledge on these programs before you present them to the schools, their staff and most importantly to the students. Remember – you possess the ability to make a positive impact on the youth of today.

Okay Legionnaires, the ball is in your respective Post courts. Start looking at the Department 2022-2023 Event Timeline that lists key event dates for programs so you can develop your “Americanism Program Plan of Attack”.

In closing, I want to reiterate that I am honored to be your Americanism Chair for 2022-2023. I look forward to collaborating with you, as we promote Americanism to the youth of Florida. Should you have any program questions feel free to give me a call or send me an email at americanism@legionmail.org .

Hang Tough!

Doug Hockenberry
Americanism Chair
americanism@legionmail.org