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March 6, 2018 > Flag flyers honored

Flag flyers honored

Submitted By Michael L. Emerson

In a move that promotes AMVETS? nationally recognized Americanism Program, the organization has adopted the Patriot Program, a ?love of country? initiative created by AMVET member Michael L. Emerson.

The Patriot Program, formerly known as the Flag Program, awards businesses, organizations, and individuals who fly the American flag outside their establishments. The program will be adopted by AMVETS posts and departments across the country, with each establishment determining how they will promote it.

?Several years ago, I was thinking of a way to connect AMVETS Hayward Post 911, which I had just chartered, to the community,? said Emerson. ?One way I chose to do this was to invent the idea of the AMVETS Flag Award.?

?Our post selects local businesses, organizations, and individuals flying the U.S. flag every day, and in the correct manner. Once we made our selection, I contact the awardees, tell them about the Flag Award and they have been selected, and invite them to attend our next monthly meeting.?

The award, hanging on a wall, in full display, helps remind us all of our beloved veterans. ?This program promotes our U.S. flag, our veterans, our local patriotic organizations, and the businesses and people who support them.?

For more information regarding the Patriot program, please contact AMVETS National Programs Director Karla Lathroum at klathroum@amvets.org. AMVETS is the nation's largest and oldest Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization that is open to, and fights for, all veterans who served honorably, including reservists and guardsmen. AMVETS has been a nonpartisan advocate for veterans and their families for more than 70 years.

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