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November 2021

Happy November!

I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Safe Veteran’s Day and Happy 246th Birthday to My Brothers and Sisters of the United States Marine Corps!!

One of the essential aspects of Americanism is teaching the next generation about our freedoms and the actual cost of remaining free.  It is also instilling pride in our country and respecting our flag.

On 24 Oct 1921, Sgt. Edward F. Younger, a combat-wounded veteran of World War l, was tasked with selecting the body of an Unknown soldier for burial at Arlington.  There were four identical caskets in the City Hall of Châlons-Sur-Marne, France.  After circling the room twice, Sgt. Younger made his selection by placing a spray of white roses on the casket.  This Unknown Soldier was transported from Le Harve, France, aboard Admiral Dewey’s flagship, the USS OLYMPIA, which arrived at the Washington Navy Yard on 09 Nov 1921.  The Unknown Soldier was then taken to the Capitol Rotunda, where he lay in state until the morning of 11 Nov 1921.  On the morning of the Third Anniversary of the Armistice that ended World War l, this Unknown soldier would reach his final resting place in Arlington National Cemetery.

Our responsibility is to teach the next generation what it means to be an American, which can be accomplished through our programs.  Everything from “America’s Pastime” – Baseball / American Legion Baseball; to understanding the value of the U.S. Constitution in our Oratorical Program; is part of who we are as The American Legion.

Just a reminder, I am still looking for grommets for the Flying Flags to Get Down to Brass / The Flag Never Dies Grommet Program.  This is a great way to remind people that the American flag serves as a symbol of this Great Land, even after retirement.  Would you please bring your grommets to Fall Conference?

Show that you’re Proud To Be An American and Fly Old Glory!!

Marie Conti
Americanism Chair
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