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While many of our Auxiliaries are often busy helping with meals, this is only a small part of the many ways VFW Post 4174 at Lehigh Acres is supported by their Auxiliary Unit. But, probably the most popular activity is for some of the youngest citizens in our community!

If you haven’t rubbed shoulders with the pre-K scholars, you haven’t seen the awe in their eyes as they watch the veterans perform a full-fledged flag ceremony with all the pomp, colors and colors. uniforms. These little ones sit around long enough to watch and are very excited to have fun. They love to see the flag flying proudly in the light breeze and are so impressed with the colors. What’s even more exciting are the little ones learning how to take the Pledge of Allegiance. Even though some words are a bit difficult for them to pronounce, the pride they display in reciting the promise is so heartwarming.

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

By pursuing some of these various events, the Auxiliary helps promote the spirit of Americanism. Americanism is an unwavering love of the Fatherland and a deep loyalty to its institutions and ideals. By practicing Americanism, we show an eagerness to defend our country against all enemies. It is also manifested in an unwavering allegiance to our flag and a desire to secure the blessings of freedom for ourselves and posterity.

In February 1927, the definition of Americanism came into being by the commanders-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, the United Spanish war veterans, the veterans of the foreign wars of the United States, the national commanders of the legion. American and disabled American veterans of the World War at a conference in Washington.

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

Pat Whitehall

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