The Americanism Commission will, as in years past,
continue to support all Legion Americanism programs. For administrative year 2016-2017, the Detachment of Maryland had over
62,000 volunteer hours and made donations totaling nearly $169,000 to Americanism programs.
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.
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.
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 of 2017-2018 American Legion Department of Maryland
Commander James Marchinke. Our Detachment Chairman is Dennis Renehan.
Chairman Bill Yeagy 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
Mark Fayer, Sr.