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"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." I agree wholeheartedly that it is the dedication of a lifetime that defines true patriotism.  You all have given not only your time, dedication and effort, but—most importantly—your very being to the protection and advancement of this great country. You work tirelessly for the rights of the veterans who serve our country, while conducting the nation’s finest civic training to instill young future leaders with the knowledge, understanding and wisdom to govern this country.


Americanism / Loyalty Day / POW-MIA

Awards will be presented to the top Post in each division based upon the total number of creditable projects reported. There will be 4 divisions based upon your Posts June 30, 2017 membership.
The divisions follow: 
             I                   10-65                          
                                                II                  66-125                                    
                                               III                  126-225                                  
                                                IV                 226-over                                
All Post Commanders will be provided with one free citation to be issued to any person, organization, or business that properly flies the American flag.   Additional citations will be available from Emblem & Supply Merchandise Catalog.
The Department will make a special award to the Post that promotes Americanism in a new or unique fashion. A detailed report of this project must be submitted to the Department Director prior to April 14, 2017. This will be awarded at the State Convention in June 2017.
All those who fought and served their country when they received the call, were men and women of courage, judgment, integrity and dedication. Where does dedication end? You can never put an end to dedication. After all, those who remain Prisoners of War or are still Missing in Action are still serving with never ending dedication. For them, it can never be over. For us, we can never let their sacrifices, or them, be forgotten.
Any POW-MIA chairperson or Post Commander who submits a report to Department chairperson no later than April 30, 2017 will also receive additional points for the following.

1.        Two (2) points for each month that POW-MIA flag is flying at Post or a member's   home.
2.         Three (3) points for each POW-MIA flag sold by Post.
3.         Six (6) points for each POW-MIA flag donated to community for display.
4.         Fifteen (15) points for each POW-MIA activity.
5.         Fifteen (15) points for best overall program with pictures.
            6.         Two (2) Points for any POW-MIA supplies sold or donated
All reports should be submitted with photos or newspaper clippings.
Send Checks to:                                
Department of Michigan VFW       
Earmarked POW-MIA Fund                     
924 N.   Washington Ave.                                          
Lansing, MI 48906                          
All other Reports should be submitted to:
               James Fernandez
               5622 King Rd
              China, MI 48054

The following are the days that the POW-MIA flag should be flying:
Armed Forces Day - the third Saturday in May
Memorial Day - the last Monday in May
Flag Day - June 14
Independence Day - July 4
National POW-MIA Recognition Day - the third Friday in September
Veterans Day - November 11
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