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The American Legion ... recognized in 2015 for the collective patriotic, noble efforts ... of all involved with it!
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring and sponsorship of youth programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting a strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
And while most Americans think "military veterans" when hearing ... The American Legion ... they would be proudly amazed at everything it does beyond ... being there for our deserving, honorable military veterans ... with many wounded warriors too.
One particular wonderful effort is The American Legion's Boys State / Nation ... that is a participatory program in which U.S. high school students become part of the operation of local, county and state government in 49 participating states ... that culminates with two representatives of each state elected to attend Boys Nation in Washington DC ... where these young leaders receive an education on the structure and function of federal government.
In fact, USA Patriotism! founder David Bancroft participated in the Texas Boys State ... and considers it a life impacting experience.
"I had the distinct privilege of attending The American Legion's Boys State in Texas the summer going into my senior year at St. Pius X High School. It was one of the most important experiences in my young life ... that gave me practical understanding of the legislative process and the behind the scenes negotiation to achieve an acceptable end resolution ... which seems absent too often in Washington, D.C. for many years now ... And this unique experience left an indelible mark of pride for my great state of Texas and our beloved America. I also believe that it planted idea seeds that rooted on September 11, 2001 and became what USA Patriotism! is today." David Bancroft (March 24, 2015)
Here is more about The American Legion.
Here is a reminder why The American Legion came to be ... and can only do so through its dedicated employees, volunteers, and financial supporters!