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Americanism through auxiliary activities

By Staff | Aug 24, 2021

While many members of our Auxiliary are often busy helping out with meals, that is only one small part of the many ways in which the VFW Post 4174 in Lehigh Acres is supported by its Auxiliary Unit. But, probably the activity most enjoyed concerns some of the youngest citizens in our community!

If you haven’t been around Pre K scholars, you haven’t seen the awe in their eyes as they watch veterans perform a full fledged Flag Ceremony with all the pomp, colors and uniforms. Those little ones actually sit still long enough to watch and are very enthusiastic in their enjoyment. They love seeing the flag wave proudly in the slight breeze and are so impressed by the colors. What is even more exciting is the toddlers learning to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Even though some of the words are a little difficult for them to pronounce, the pride they display while reciting the pledge is so heartwarming.

That’s not all that is done for these children. Coloring books are always appreciated and many miniature flags are distributed. They are so proud to actually have a flag all their own. Songs are taught, poppies are given out with a simple explanation of what they stand for and every year, from the state of Illinois, milkweed plants are handed out to be help bring about the resurgence of the butterfly population. Butterflies are creatures that delight those little ones with their bright colors and constant motion.

In pursuing some of these various events, the Auxiliary is helping to promote the spirit of Americanism. Americanism is an unfailing love of country, and a deep showing of loyalty to its institutions and ideals. By practicing Americanism, we are exhibiting an eagerness to defend our country against all enemies. It is also shown by undivided allegiance to our flag and a desire to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and posterity.

In February, 1927, the definition of Americanism came into existence by the Commanders in Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, United Spanish War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S., the National Commanders of the American legion and Disabled American Veterans of the World War at a conference held in Washington.

By going out into the community to pursue any activity, our Auxiliary is embracing the spirit of Americanism and we invite you to join us. You will be glad you did!

Pat Whitehall