Promoting pride in country, respect for the flag and appreciation of our freedoms are the primary purposes of Exchange’s Americanism programs. The tumultuous struggles of world powers in the twentieth century have done little to guarantee a peaceful future for the majority of the world’s people. However, there’s one country in modern times that people flock to for safety, freedom and opportunity — the United States of America.
Exchange’s Americanism programs were born in the aftermath of World War II. At that time, patriotism was unquenchable, and Exchangites joined veterans and other civic groups in heralding the rich blessings of democracy.
The Jacksonville Exchange Club regularly participates in Americanism activities such as the following:
AMERICANISM SPEECH CONTEST
– High school students compete for scholarship monies by preparing and delivering a speech on a patriotic topic that has relevance to them. Contest winners are eligible to compete for additional scholarship dollars at the state-wide Florida Exchange District Convention.
– A display of selected American historical documents – such as the Constitution and Bill of Rights – that is placed in libraries, schools, and other public buildings is a reminder of the rich history of our nation. These permanent displays serve as a reminder of our heritage, and the sacrifices made by those who have gone before.
GIVE A KID A FLAG TO WAVE
– Our Club hands-out small American flags to children at Veteran’s Day Parades and other patriotic gatherings.
ONE NATION UNDER GOD
– As a reminder of the important role that religious faith and religious freedom have played in the development of our nation, we devote one weekly meeting in November to a non-denominational religious speaker to prayerfully thank God for the blessings of liberty bestowed upon America.
PROUDLY WE HAIL
– We host luncheons honoring businesses and individuals who display the American flag properly and regularly.
AMERICAN FLAG DISPLAY DAYS
– Our Club places 5’ tall American flags in residential communities and public areas on patriotic holidays such as Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Veteran’s Day.