The Americanism Commission will, as in years past, continue to support all Legion Americanism programs. For administrative
year 2017-2018, the Detachment of Maryland had over 62,000 volunteer hours and made donations totaling nearly $169,000 to
Following are just a few of the programs that chairmen have been assigned to. We encourage each squadron to participate
in those programs that work best for your squadron.
The National Emergency Fund needs our help. In recent years many members of our Legion family have received some much
needed assistance from the N.E.F. Help us all to help others as they go through emergencies in their lives by making a donation
to NEF today. Chairman and Past Detachment Commander Bill Stem is asking each squadron to donate at least $1.00 per member.
I believe this is a very obtainable goal for the great Detachment of Maryland.
American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for
U.S. high school students. A participatory program in which students become part of the operation of local, county and state
government, Boys State was founded in 1935 to counter the socialism-inspired Young Pioneer Camps. The program was the idea
of two Illinois Legionnaires, Hayes Kennedy and Harold Card, who organized the first Boys State at the Illinois State Fairgrounds
in Springfield. The entry fee for Boys State is $300. If your post does not participate in picking young men for this program,
you can simply make a donation to the Detachment and we will sponsor as many as we can. This program is also the Commander's
Project for 2018-2019. Our Detachment Chairman is Dennis Renehan.
Chairman Joe Lohman is calling on all volunteers for work days /cookouts at Fisher House. If you can help out, it will
be a rewarding experience. Don't forget to include Fisher House when making out squadron donations. Your squadron can also
assist with community Blood Drives, the Adopt-A-Highway program, Boys State and Girls State among many others.
Flag Replacement/Placement Program
The Detachment of Maryland will present awards to the top two Squadrons for their support of the Flag replacement program.
Same rules apply as last year, make sure that the size of the replaced flag is indicated on the replacement form (3x5 flags
will count as 5 points and smaller flags will count as 1 point). Flag replacement form can be downloaded at the bottom of
this page. Jerry Saunders, Sr. is the Detachment Chairman of this Commitee.
Five Star/Ten Ideals Program
For anyone wanting to take the Five-Star test, we will have certified judges at all Detachment meetings or we will be
happy to make arrangements to meet at your Post. Contact Past National Commander Bill Sparwasser at for assistance.
Spotlight on Americanism Education
Flag Replacement Form