Mission 

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 wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with “comfort items” and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities.

 

The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation’s veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership

 

 

Post 681 Programs

 We are very proud of our commitment to these  American Legion Americanism Programs.

 

 Since 2007 Post 681 has sponsored 80 delegates to Boys State and 65 delegates to Girls State. These students hail from Lakota East, Lakota West, Butler Tech and Princeton High Schools. Three of these male delgates progressed to boys nation while one female student was selected to Girls Nation. Boys\Girls Nation is a very selective process and is a very prestigous honor.

 

 The Americanism & Government test is administered every November. Post 681 had administered 380 tests since 2007 at Lakota East\West and Princeton. Five of these students (3 girls, 2 boys) have distinquised themselves by posting the highest score in their category and winning a 5 day trip to Washington DC and Gettysburg. One of these students won the prestigous Gallato Award for posting a 100% score on the A&G test.

Post 681 has sponsored 7 participants in the American Legion Oratorical Contest which has produced four County winners and two District 4 winners. 

 

 In 2020 Post 681 for the first time has entered a techer for Educator of The Year and she was selected as the winner for district 4. 

We are very fortunate to live in an area with quality high schools and we are very proud to provide these opportunities to these outstanding staff and students.

 

 For more information on these programs see the descriptions below. 

 

Buckeye Boys\Girls State: 

The mission of The American Legion Buckeye Boys\Girls State is to provide an educational and leadership program that exposes young men and women to the rights and privileges, the duties and responsibilities, and the love for God and Country necessary to being self-­‐governing citizens.Americanism.

 

Americanism and Government Test:

The Americanism and Government Test program of the Ohio American Legion was created by Legionnaires of Ohio in 1936 and remains today as another of the leading youth programs of the Ohio American Legion

Although created by the Ohio American Legion, the Americanism and Government Test program is a joint venture and partnership with the Ohio American Legion Auxiliary, which is a cosponsor of the program.

The Americanism and Government Test program is open to students in grades 10, 11, and 12. Students in grade 9 may take the test for practice only.

The Americanism and Government Test is a fifty (50) question test comprised of True/False, multiple choice, and fill-in the blank.

A three hundred (300) word essay is also part of the Americanism and Government Test and every student taking the test writes on the same essay topic.

The essay is utilized in the various judging levels of this program as a Tie-breaker.

The essay topic is selected/written each year by members of the Department Americanism Committee and Department Americanism Director.

A feature of the Americanism and Government Test is that the students themselves do not advance in the competition, the student’s test paper does.

The Americanism and Government test is NOT designed to have one student compete against another. It is designed to test an individual student’s knowledge of the following:


 
The United States Flag, The Declaration of Independence, The United States Constitution, State government in Ohio, County government in Ohio
City government in Ohio, Township government in Ohio, Village government in Ohio, School District government in Ohio
 

The 50 questions of the Americanism and Government Test are written in such a manner to be current and topical to events, studies, and information being presented in Ohio high schools and events happening in the state of Ohio and the nation.

On average, over 65,000 students participate in the Test program annually.

Through a number of judging levels in the state of Ohio to select Post, County, and District winners, the initial field of 65,000 students is narrowed to 84 district winners, whose winning test papers are submitted to a State Judging Committee for this program.
From the field of 84 District winners, the State Judging Committee selects 18 winners in the following categories:

  • Grade 12 (Seniors): Six (6) State winners/three (3) men and three (3) women
  • Grade 11 (Juniors): Six (6) State winners/three (3) men and three (3) women
  • Grade 10 (Sophomores): Six (6) State winners/three (3) men and three (3) women

The State Award from the Ohio American Legion for the 18 State winners is a five (5) day, all expenses paid trip to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. under the direction of the Department Americanism Director, accompanied by representatives of the Ohio American Legion and Ohio American Legion Auxiliary.

A highlight of the trip is a Wreath Laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Ohio American Legion and Ohio American Legion Auxiliary have had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns every year since 1936.

An objective of the Ohio American Legion through the Americanism and Government test program is that if by taking the test a young person is inspired to learn more about government, the United States, and to appreciate the freedoms enjoyed by the nation’s citizens, the effort put forth by the Ohio American Legion and the Ohio American Legion Auxiliary is worth the expense.

The Americanism and Government Test program is unique to the national America Legion organization as only two other states, Indiana and Wisconsin, have versions of the program, which both adopted/adapted from the Ohio American Legion, but neither program is the size or scope of the Ohio program.

Oratorical Contest:

The Oratorical Program is a constitutional speech contest for high school students and it offers scholarships upwards of $18,000. The contest has a prepared oration and an assigned topic which is assigned the day of the contest. The prepared oration must be on some aspect of the Constitution, with emphasis on a citizen’s duties and obligations to our government. The same subject and oration used in the department contest must be used in the national contest. The purpose of the assigned topic discourse is to test the speaker’s knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research, and the ability to discuss the topic as related to the basic principles of government under the Constitution.

 

American Legion Links

National HQ

https://www.legion.org/

 

Department of Ohio

https://www.ohiolegion.com/

 

District 4

https://alohio4.org/

 

Sons of The American Legion

https://www.ohiolegion.com/programs/sal/

 

American Auxiliary Dept Ohio

http://www.alaohio.org/

 

Legion Riders Dept of Ohio

https://www.ohiolegion.com/programs/legion-riders/

 

Buckeye Boys State

https://www.ohiolegion.com/programs/buckeye-boys-state/

 

Buckeye Girls State

http://buckeyegirlsstate.org/

 

Boys Nation

https://www.legion.org/boysnation

 

Girls Nation

https://www.alaforveterans.org/ALA-Girls-Nation/

 

Veterans Affairs:

https://www.va.gov/

 

Cincinnati VA Hospital

https://www.cincinnati.va.gov/

 

Dayton VA Hospital

https://www.dayton.va.gov/

 

Veterans Crisis Line

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/

 

Butler County Veterans Services

http://www.bcvets.org/

 

Hamilton County Vets Services

www.hcvsc.org

 

 

 


 

 

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