Mike Helm, National Commander of The American Legion

Mike Helm, National Commander of The American Legion

Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,

We are all bonded by love of country, service to nation and reverence for the American flag.

There is no organization more passionate or more knowledgeable about our flag than The American Legion. It was the Legion that convened a forum with dozens of other organizations in 1923, which set the stage for the U.S. Flag Code – the authority on everything from the proper way to fold the flag to its correct positioning.

Today, countless patriotic Americans and organizations follow those guidelines to honor the flag and all it stands for.

As the nation’s foremost authority on the Stars and Stripes, The American Legion Family is preparing a special collector’s edition flag bookazine, “Indivisible: The Story of Our Flag.” This full-color bookazine, scheduled to be 112 pages, will include stories on the flag’s meaning and the special place it occupies in our minds, hearts and conscience. The $9.95 bookazine will be available on newsstands in November 2015, but you can pre-order your copy today.

The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary are working together – as both organizations are approaching their 100th anniversaries – on this patriotic project. You, too, can participate – and maybe even see your photo published in the bookazine.

As your post, unit, squadron or community commemorates Flag Day this weekend, this is a great opportunity to show your support for this project. Social media users can post photos of Old Glory on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #MyUSFlag. Users of Pinterest, can pin photos of the flag to the Legion’s Pinterest page.

For those who do not use social media, you may share your photos and stories on the Legiontown website, www.legiontown.org/share.

Thank you for all that you do – and have done – to keep the red, white and blue flowing freely for all Americans.