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Community Covenant Signing Ceremony Planning A Community Covenant signing ceremony is a great way to show support for military Service Members and their Families. The ceremony should be tailored to the local community and, depending on local resources, can be as large or small as you like. The goal of the ceremony is to affirm, or re‐affirm, a community’s support for Service Members and their Families, and to showcase partnerships, organizations, programs, and services within your community supporting them. The ceremony also provides an opportunity to encourage (or announce) new initiatives or programs of support. Define your community by identify the shape, size, and demographics of your community by determining the breadth of the ceremony – local, regional, or state level. Identify a leader(s) in the civilian community who has an interest in spearheading a ceremony, such as: Mayor or County Commissioner(s) Chamber of Commerce President Social, educational, or business community leader(s) Member(s) of the House or Senate or State Legislature(s) Governor and/or Lieutenant Governor Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army and/or Army Reserve Ambassador Veteran and Military Service Organization Private Supporting Organization Introduce the community leader(s) to the idea of a community sponsored covenant ceremony. Utilize the resources on our web page - www.army.mil/community - to show leaders the great programs being implemented across the country providing support to Service Members and their Families. Recommend reaching out to local Military. You can start with the public affairs officer of the state Adjutant General, local National Guard unit, local Army Reserve Readiness Region Command or Army Reserve Unit, or a nearby Army installation or recruiting station. Monitor and participate in the planning process for the ceremony. Resources are available on the Web site to include sample invitations, posters, sequence of events, etc. The program manager is available to assist ceremony planners at ACSIMcommunitycovenant@conus.army.mil or (703) 601-7485. Share the success and best practices/programs revealed at your ceremony. We ask you to send the following to the Community Covenant (ACSIMcommunitycovenant@conus.army.mil) at the conclusion of your ceremony so we can feature your successes on the Web site: 1) Post event summary of the covenant ceremony, including a) when and where the ceremony occurred b) names of military and community elected leaders in attendance c) best practices featured at the ceremony 2) Some photos of the ceremony 3) Articles and/or links to news articles supporting the signing ceremony Thanks for your interest in conducting or inspiring a Community Covenant ceremony in your community, and for sharing your community best practices.
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