Resources

Veteran's Crisis Hotline

Homeland Security Support Program

Homeland Security Support Program

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Homeland Security Support Program

Homeland Security Support Program

Homeland Security Support Program

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Distinguished Guests

Homeland Security Support Program

Distinguished Guests

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Community News

Cyber Security Training

Distinguished Guests

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Cyber Security Training

Cyber Security Training

Cyber Security Training

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Life Saving

Cyber Security Training

Cyber Security Training

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Flag Etiquette

Legion State Headquarters/ National Headquarters

Legion State Headquarters/ National Headquarters

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Legion State Headquarters/ National Headquarters

Legion State Headquarters/ National Headquarters

Legion State Headquarters/ National Headquarters

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Jefferson Letter

Legion State Headquarters/ National Headquarters

Government Websites

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Government Websites

Government Websites

Government Websites

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Scholarships

Government Websites

Youth Programs

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Youth Programs

Government Websites

Youth Programs

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Veteran's Crisis Hotline

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Suicide Prevention

For Immediate Confidential Assistance for Veterans and their Families:

Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1

Or

Or

Text 838255

FREE SUPPORT FOR ALL VETERANS AVAILABLE 24/7

The American Legion’s Suicide Prevention Web Center is a resource for veterans to provide personal testimonials, data, statistics, risk factors, research, and resources to help veterans, families, and communities connect with VA’s programs in their time of transition and need. We encourage any veteran in crisis to contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) and press 1.

Homeland Security Support Program

Background:  In 2014, the Post 24 Executive Committee established the Homeland Security Support Program (HSSP) to enhance membership awareness and participation in homeland/hometown security support initiatives.  The program fosters community preparedness and resiliency while providing members with important ways to support the community, state and nation. 

Some practical ways Post 24 members can support homeland/hometown security support initiatives:

  • Volunteer with the Alexandria Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
  • Volunteer with the Alexandria Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
  • Volunteer with the American Red Cross
  • Enhance emergency management knowledge by completing free online education and training courses offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
  • Show support for local public safety agencies and officers by attending the annual Post 24 recognition ceremony for outstanding firefighters and law enforcement officers

Some websites to learn more about homeland/hometown security support:

Questions, comments and suggestions are welcome:

Contact the program chairman at Post24HSSP@gmail.com

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Distinguished Guests

Additional Information

SSG Ryan Pitts, Medal of Honor recipient is hosted by Post 24 at a private reception on 21 July 2014 after he was awarded the Medal of Honor earlier in the day at the White House.  You can read about his heroics at https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/pitts/profile/

Pictured are National Commander Dan Dellinger, SSG Pitts, Post 24 Commander Jim Glassman, Department Commander Gerald Rhoads, and Department Adjutant Dale Chapman.

Commander Jim Glassman welcomes Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter to American Legion Post 24 in Old Town. The historic Post hosted a private dinner for the Afghanistan veteran August 26, 2013 after President Barack Obama presented Carter with the nation’s highest military honor during a White House ceremony earlier in the day.

August 26, 2013                                                         Photo by Post 24 Legionnaire John Napolitano

Article by Post 24 Auxiliary member Jeanne Theismann, Alexandria Gazette Packet

The Medal of Honor is the U.S.’s highest military honor, awarded for personal acts of valor above and beyond the call of duty. On Aug. 26, Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter became one of only 79 living recipients of the award during a whirlwind day that began at the White House and ended at American Legion Post 24 in Alexandria.

“It’s an honor and privilege to have a Medal of Honor recipient at our Post,” said Commander Jim Glassman at a private dinner welcoming Carter, his family and members of his unit to the historic Old Town American Legion building. “We not only welcome Sgt. Carter but also his fellow soldiers whose bravery during the Battle of Kamdesh kept the outpost from being overtaken.”

Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on Carter for his courage under fire as nearly 350 Taliban insurgents attacked Combat Outpost Keating in the Kamdesh Valley of Afghanistan in the early morning hours of Oct. 3, 2009. Out-numbered nearly 8 to 1, eight U.S. soldiers were killed in the ambush and more than 25 wounded, making it one of the deadliest battles for Americans in the Afghan war.

Carter is only the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for exemplary heroism in Iraq or Afghanistan. He was honored for his efforts to save Spc. Stephan Mace, a 21-year-old Purcellville, Va., resident who was mortally wounded and left stranded in the attack. Because of Carter’s actions, Mace survived the battle but died later that night in surgery.

“I lost some of my hearing in that fight,” Carter said in his press remarks at the White House, “but I’ll hear the voice of Mace, and his pleas for help, for the rest of my life.”

Carter, a 33-year-old father of three, visited Old Town with his wife Shannon and several members of his unit.

“Everyone, especially Ty and Shannon, said that their evening at the American Legion was one of the best events during their time in D.C.,” said Leta Carruth, an organizer of the dinner. “By providing Ty and his soldiers and family the opportunity to be ‘out of sight’ the night after receiving the Medal of Honor earlier that day was the perfect medicine for them all.”

In recent months, Carter has spoken out for troops suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and hopes that an understanding and compassion for those with PTSD and other war-related mental health issues will continue to grow.

“Know that a soldier suffering from post-traumatic stress is one of the most passionate, dedicated men or women you’ll ever meet,” he said. “Know that they are not damaged. They are simply burdened with living what others did not.”

You can read about his heroics at https://www.army.mil/medalofhonor/carter/

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Community News

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ALEXANDRIA MAYOR GIVES ACCOLADES TO POST 24

On Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at a ceremony at the Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, gave accolades to Alexandria, Virginia Post 24 for their "continued dedication to the historic preservation in the Alexandria community." Last year, while reviewing some Post 24 archives, members of the Post found an original letter written in June 1808 by President Thomas Jefferson to Mr. Joel Barlow, poet, diplomat, and politician (1754-1812) giving him the best travel plan and tolls to expect after inviting him to his home at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, after giving him directions from the Georgetown Ferry in Washington, DC. Although no one knows how the letter ended up at Post 24, the letter was ultimately preserved and officially given to the City for "future generations" to enjoy said Post Commander Michael Conner as he presented the letter to the Mayor at the August 4th ceremony. Much like their Post home, which was purchased in 1929, members of Post 24 voted in 1972 to present the entire Gadsby's complex to the city so that it could be restored and enjoyed by future generations from across the country and throughout the nation.  The restored Gadsby's complex was remodeled and re-opened in 1976 as part of the City's Bi-Centennial celebration.  The Gadsby's Tavern and Museum in Alexandria are now National Historic Landmarks with a deep longstanding history. The city has agreed to allow Post 24 to use the Jefferson letter up to four times a year on special occasions to help underscore the history of Post 24 in the Alexandria community.

To Protect and Serve.

Alexandria Gazette, March 21, 2019 

Alexandria Police Officer Sean Gallagher and Alexandria Sheriff’s Office MasterDeputy Jeffrey Hunter were honored as the 2018 Law Enforcement Officers of the Year March 13 by the American Legion Post 24 in Old Town. The public safety veterans were recognized for their service to the community as part of the American Legion’s Homeland Security Support Program.

American Legion Post 24 to Distribute 8,000 Knitted Poppies at Armistice Centennial Celebration

Sunday, November 11, 2018 marked the centennial, now celebrated as Veterans Day, with a ceremony and plaque unveiling at the ballroom of the American Legion Post #24 (400 Cameron St.).  See full article and photographs by The Zebra Community News

World War One Armistice Centennial CeremonyHonoring those who served

On November 11th, the Office of Historic Alexandria and American Legion Post #24 held a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the armistice to end the First World War, signed November 11, 1918. Fellow Alexandrians on Sunday, November 11 in marking the centennial of Armistice Day, now celebrated as Veteran’s Day, with a ceremony and plaque unveiling.

The door to the ballroom at American Legion Post #24, 400 Cameron Street, opened at 9:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 10 a.m. The ceremony featured speakers, T.C. Williams JROTC, and the unveiling of a new plaque remembering all from the City of Alexandria who died during World War One.  A reception in the Post #24 Club Room immediately followed the program. 

As part of this ceremony, over 8,000 knit and crocheted poppies were displayed and handed to guests in memory of Alexandria’s veterans.  Local residents and visitors created the poppies over the last 18 months in preparation for this event. Poppies were officially adopted as a symbol of remembrance for those who died in service to their country shortly after World War One.

Cyber Security Training

FREE Cybersecurity Training for Veterans

The American Legion Post 24 (Alexandria, VA) is excited to educate our veteran members about valuable opportunities and resources from The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that can help them transition into their next mission: a rewarding career in cybersecurity.  Click this link:  https://niccs.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/Veterans_Guide.pdf?trackDocs=Veterans_Guide.pdf to download a DHS Cybersecurity Training and Education Guide for Veterans, which provides access to free training, information on scholarships, and other resources to help you launch a new career in protecting our nation’s information systems.

Veterans are well-positioned to transition into much needed CYBERSECURITY JOBS and there is free training available just for you!  Did you know that cybersecurity professionals report an average salary of $116,000—that’s nearly three times the average income across the nation.  Hire our Heroes and the Department of Homeland Security have teamed up to bring you FREE cybersecurity training and certification prep courses, through The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE).

FedVTE is an online, on-demand training center with courses ranging from introductory to advanced levels. Veterans interested in getting into the cybersecurity field can take introductory cybersecurity courses, while elite cybersecurity professionals can take their skills to the next level with advanced courses. FedVTE also offers prep courses for some of the most popular certifications in the industry. These courses will build your skills and knowledge and prepare you to compete for the top cybersecurity jobs across the country.

To learn more or sign up, please visit: https://hireourheroes.org/veterans-training/

Or contact:

Patrick Hawley

Cybersecurity Training Lead & Executive Board Member

Alexandria American Legion Post 24

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Life Saving

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CPR

This is a new CPR technique (no mouth to mouth)  which is much simpler.

You never know, you might save a life some day.

Heart Attacks

What to do if you are alone and believe you are having a heart attack.

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Flag Etiquette

When to Display your Flag

Have you ever noticed on TV or at military funerals that the honor guard pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13 times? Each fold of the U.S. flag has an important meaning. We have verified its accuracy at the U.S. Air Force Academy Web site [go to main page, then click on "Information", then on "Flags"]. 

1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.

2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.

3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of our country to attain peace throughout the world.

4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in time of war for His divine guidance.

5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."

6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all.

7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of our republic.

8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.

9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great has been molded.

10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.

11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit.

13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust". After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones. Those who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.

Why the American flag is folded 13 times.

The flag should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on all days when the weather permits, especially on:

  • New Year's Day.
  • January 1. Inauguration Day. 
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday, Third Monday in January. 
  • Lincoln's Birthday. 
  • Washington's Birthday,
  • February 22. 
  • Easter Sunday. 
  • Mother's Day, Second Sunday in May. 
  • Armed Forces Day, Third Saturday in May. 
  • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), Last Monday in May.
  • Flag Day, June 14th.
  • Independence Day, July 4th.
  •  Labor Day, First Monday in September. 
  • Constitution Day, September 17th. 
  • Columbus Day, October 12th. 
  • Navy Day. Veterans Day, November 11th. 
  • Thanksgiving Day, Fourth Thursday in November. 
  • Christmas Day, December 25th. 
  • Election Days (various). 
  • Federally observed dates of the above holidays which may be different from the actual dates. 
  • Such days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States. 
  • State and Local Holidays.

Folding the Flag

1. Bring the striped half up over the blue field.

2. Then fold it in half again.

3. Bring the lower striped corner to the upper edge forming a triangle.

4. Then fold the upper point in to form another triangle. Continue until the entire length of the flag is folded.

5. When you get near the end - nothing but the blue field showing - tuck the last bit into the other folds to secure it.

Legion State Headquarters

Use the following link to the Department of Virginia American Legion headquarters. 

Here you will find a variety of useful information about upcoming events, our

Department leadership and links to all American Legion posts in Virginia.

National Headquarters

Who Are We?

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, mutual-help, war-time veterans organization. A community-service organization which now numbers nearly 3 million members -- men and women -- in nearly 15,000 American Legion Posts worldwide. These Posts are organized into 55 Departments -- one each for the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines.

The American Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, Indiana, with additional offices in Washington, DC. In addition to thousands of volunteers serving in leadership and program implementation capacities in local communities to the Legion's standing national commissions and committees, the national organization has a regular full-time staff of about 300 employees.

Click here to visit The American Legion Headquarter's web site.

Jefferson Letter

ALEXANDRIA MAYOR GIVES ACCOLADES TO POST 24

On Wednesday, August 4, 2010, at a ceremony at the Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille, gave accolades to Alexandria, Virginia Post 24 for their "continued dedication to the historic preservation in the Alexandria community."


Last year, while reviewing some Post 24 archives, members of the Post found an original letter written in June 1808 by President Thomas Jefferson to Mr. Joel Barlow, poet, diplomat, and politician (1754-1812) giving him the best travel plan and tolls to expect after inviting him to his home at Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia, after giving him directions from the Georgetown Ferry in Washington, DC.


Although no one knows how the letter ended up at Post 24, the letter was ultimately preserved and officially given to the City for "future generations" to enjoy said Post Commander Michael Conner as he presented the letter to the Mayor at the August 4th ceremony.


Much like their Post home, which was purchased in 1929, members of Post 24 voted in 1972 to present the entire Gadsby's complex to the city so that it could be restored and enjoyed by future generations from across the country and throughout the nation.  The restored Gadsby's complex was remodeled and re-opened in 1976 as part of the City's Bi-Centennial celebration.  The Gadsby's Tavern and Museum in Alexandria are now National Historic Landmarks with a deep longstanding history.


The city has agreed to allow Post 24 to use the Jefferson letter up to four times a year on special occasions to help underscore the history of Post 24 in the Alexandria community.

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Government Websites

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Veterans' Programs and Services:

The Judiciary Branch - The United State Supreme Court: judiciary & U. S. Courts:                                               www.uscourts.gov

Department of Veterans Affairs:                  www.va.gov
Disabled American Veterans:                       www.dav.org

Branches of the Federal Government:

The Executive Branch - The White House:  www.whitehouse.gov

The Legislative Branch - The United States Senate: www.senate.gov

The Legislative Branch - The United States House Of Representatives:                                          www.house.gov

Military Branches:

The Pentagon:                 www.defenselink.mil/pubs/pentagon
The United States Army:                            www.army.mil
The United States Navy:                             www.navy.mil
The United States Marine Corps:                www.usmc.mil
The United States Air Force:                       www.af.mil
The United States Coast Guard:                 www.uscg.mil
The American Merchant Marines:               www.usmm.org

Military Academies:

United State Military Academy:                  www.usma.edu
United States Naval Academy:                   www.nadn.navy.mil
United States Merchant Marine Academy: www.usmma.edu
United States Coast Guard Academy:        www.cga.edu
United States Air Force Academy:             www.usafa.af.mil
United States Air Force ROTC:                   www.afoats.af.mil

General / Misc Resources:

Federal Executive Branch Resources: www.loc.gov/global/executive/fed.htm
Federal Judiciary Branch Resources:          www.uscourts.gov

Memorial and Tribute Web Sites / Military Memorials:

Korean War Veterans Memorial:  www.nps.gov/kowa
Vietnam Veterans Memorial:        www.nps.gov/vive/index.htm
National World War II Memorial:  www.wwiimemorial.comArizona
Memorial Museum Association     www.nps.gov/usar
United State Air Force Museum:  www.wpafb.af.mil/museum
Arlington National Cemetery:       www.arlingtoncemetery.org
American Memorial Park:             www.nps.gov/amme/main.htm

Societies:

Congressional Medal Of Honor Society: www.cmohs.org

Affiliated Websites:

CHILDREN'S ORGAN TRANSPLANT ASSN.
www.cota.org
E-mail: cota@ccota.org
1.800.366.2682

JOINT POW/MIA ACCOUNTING COMMAND (JPAC)            
www.jpac.pacom.mil
E-mail: publicaffairs@jpac.pacom.mil
1.808.499.1936

Scholarships

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American Legion Legacy Scholarships

Legacy scholarships are needs-based scholarships that provide up to $20,000 aid annually for undergraduate or post-graduate college.

Eligibility: Children of U.S. military members who died while on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001, and children of post-9/11 veterans assigned a combined disability rating of 50% or greater by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Applicants must be high school seniors or high school graduates. Award recipients may re-apply annually up to 6 times. The application deadline is April.
Additional information: https://www.legion.org/scholarships/legacy.

Kengla Foundation Scholarships

Kengla is a foundation, managed by Post 24, which provides need based educational scholarships to students who reside in the city of Alexandria.

Scholarships:

  • $2,000 per year to qualified seniors attending Alexandria high schools who are entering college degree programs in science, mathematics, or engineering. Renewable up to four years as long as student attends college full-time and maintains a 3.0 average.
  • $1,500 per year to qualified nursing students at Northern Virginia Community College.

Virginia Boys State/Virginia Girls State Programs

Virginia Boys and Girls State are week-long programs focused on governmental affairs held at a university. Participants must have completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining to participate. Candidates for Virginia Boys/Girls State are selected through an interview process conducted by Post 24. Candidates are evaluated based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. Both programs are held during the week of June 16-22, 2019.
  - Boys State is held at Radford University: http://www.vaboysstate.org
  - Girls State is held at Longwood University: http://www.vagirlsstate.org  
Scholarships: Participates are eligible to apply for multiple separate scholarships and select university/college scholarships. Please contact legionprograms24@outlook.com to apply.

Youth Programs

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The American Legion believes that the more knowledge our youth gain, the better citizens they will become. That is why the American Legion is so committed to education. Investing in the education of our youth is investing in the future of our country. The American Legion supports a number of scholarship and sport programs that benefit youth in Alexandria. We often hear about the difference American Legion scholarships and opportunities make in young persons’ lives by providing unimagined experiences and expanding their horizons.

Boy's State

Virginia BoysState is a week-long program focused on governmental affairs held at a Radford University. Participants must have completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining to participate. Candidates for Virginia Boys State are selected through an interview process conducted by Post 24. Candidates are evaluated based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. Programs are held during the week of June 16-22, 2019.
         - More information at https://www.vaboysstate.org
Scholarships: Participates are eligible to apply for multiple separate scholarships and select university/college scholarships. Please contact legionprograms24@outlook.com to apply.

American Legion Baseball

Since 1925, The American Legion has sponsored a nationwide youth baseball program. During these past seven decades, millions of young players have enjoyed playing baseball. The American Legion and their 2.8 million members have raised millions of dollars each year for players to learn the importance of teamwork, discipline, leadership and good sportsmanship. The American Legion sponsors American Legion Baseball to give players an opportunity to develop their skills, personal fitness, leadership qualities and to have fun.

American Legion Code of Sportsmanship
I will:
Keep the Rules; Keep Faith with my teammates; Keep my temper; Keep myself fit; Keep a stout heart in defeat; Keep my pride under in victory; Keep a sound soul; A clean mind; And a healthy body

For information on trying out for the Post 24 Baseball team, contact Coach Glassman at (703) 209-0758 or email glassmanj@verizon.ne

Junior Shooting Program

American Legion Junior Shooting Program: Wolverine Rifle Team

Post 24 sponsors the West Potomac Rifle High School team with funding, coaches, and scholarships.  To learn more about their team or contact a coach go to their website: http://www.westpotomacrifle.com
 

The West Potomac Rifle team competes in the Potomac High School Rifle League, an association of high school rifle teams in the Washington  Metro area. The team is open to all high school students. Team members  complete in air rifle matches. Rifle is a varsity Winter Sport at West Potomac High School, with the season running from October to the end of March. While training for each season begins in October, there are competitive opportunities are available for individual rifle team members year-round.

Junior ROTC Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program

Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program The American Legion Youth Cadet Law Enforcement Program introduces youth to law enforcement principles, discipline, ethics, physical fitness, and teamwork. For male and female students admitted from Alexandria, the program will consist of an intensive six-day training period during early summer at the Virginia State Police Academy. Program details: https://www.legion.org/juniorlaw. If you will be a rising senior next summer, please contact Mike Mixon at post24hssp@gmail.com to apply.

Oratorical Contest

The Oratorical Contest is a speech contest on the topic of the U.S. Constitution, with emphasis on citizens’ duties and obligations. The competition includes two parts: one prepared speech that is 8 to 10 minutes-long, and another that is 3 to 5 minutes-long on a topic drawn by the judges. Additional information at http://valegion.org. Please contact Al Soto at Alsoto3021@gmail.com to apply.
       Awards: Post, District, Regional, and National awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places.
       Eligibility: Open to students in 9th through 12th grades.

Auxiliary Unit 24 sponsors: Girl's State

Virginia Girls State is a week-long program focused on governmental affairs held at Longwood University. Participants must have completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining to participate. Candidates for Virginia Girls State are selected through an interview process conducted by Post 24 Auxiliary. Candidates are evaluated based on their leadership abilities, interest in government, service to others, and academics. Program are held during the week of June 16-22, 2020.
                More information at https://www.vagirlsstate.org
Scholarships: Participates are eligible to apply for multiple separate scholarships and select university/college scholarships. Please contact legionprograms24@outlook.com to apply.