Official State Song
By the rivers gently flowing, Illinois, Illinois,
O'er thy prairies verdant growing, Illinois, Illinois,
Comes an echo on the breeze,
Rustling through the leafy trees, and its mellow tones
And its mellow tones are these, Illinois.
From a wilderness of prairies, Illinois, Illinois,
Straight thy way and never varies, Illinois, Illinois,
THE AMERICAN'S CREED
Till upon the inland sea,
Strands thy great commercial tree, turning all the world to thee,
Turning all the world to thee, Illinois.
I BELIEVE IN THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA AS A
AMERICANISM ESSAY CONTEST
GOVERNMENT OF THE PEO-
PLE, BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE
When you heard your country calling, Illinois, Illinois,
PEOPLE, WHOSE JUST POWERS
Where the shot and shell were falling, Illinois, Illinois,
When the Southern host withdrew,
Pitting Gray against the Blue, There were none more brave than you,
ARE DERIVED FROM THE CON-
SENT OF THE GOVERNED. A
"Celebrating America and Our Heritage"
DEMOCRACY IN A REPUBLIC:
A SOVEREIGN NATION OF
There were none more brave than you, Illinois.
MANY SOVEREIGN STATES. A
PERFECT UNION, ONE AND
Not without thy wondrous story, UPON THOSE PRINCIPLES OF
Illinois, Illinois, FREEDOM, EQUALITY, JUS-
Can be writ the nation's glory, TICE AND HUMANITY FOR
Illinois, Illinois, WHICH AMERICAN PATRIOTS
On the record of thy years, SACRIFICED THEIR LIVES AND
Abraham Lincoln's name appears, Grant
and Logan, and our tears, I THEREFORE BELIEVE IT IS
Illinois, Illinois, MY DUTY TO MY COUNTRY TO
Grant and Logan, and our tears, LOVE IT, TO SUPPORT ITS
Illinois. CONSTITUTION, TO OBEY ITS
LAWS, TO RESPECT ITS FLAG,
AND TO DEFEND IT AGAINST Co-Sponsored by:
(Authorized Version) THE AMERICAN LEGION
DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOIS
THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION
DEPARTMENT OF ILLINOIS DETACHMENT OF ILLINOIS
The 2011 Essay Contest Subject and Title is: “Celebrating America and Our Heritage"
The American Legion - Department of Illinois, DEADLINES FOR ENTRIES BASIS FOR JUDGING AMERICANISM -- DEFINITIONS
American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American
Legion are co-sponsors of this AMERICANISM ESSAY The essay must reach the local American Legion Post,
American Legion Auxiliary Unit, or SAL Squadron by: Points - Total AMERICANISM is Love of America --
1. Content loyalty to its institutions as the best yet devised
It's purpose is to aid the schools of Illinois in the FEBRUARY 4, 2011 A. Originality and by its people to secure life, liberty, individual
(first Friday in February)
teaching of AMERICANISM and GOOD CITIZENSHIP. Presentation 25 dignity and happiness; and the willingness to
ESSAYS MUST BE SENT TO THE LOCAL B. Relation to defend our Flag against all enemies, foreign and
THREE CLASSES POST, UNIT OR SQUADRON! topic 15 domestic.
C. Essay must be
Essays received from schools MUST be judged by
The contest is divided into the following three classes.
**Post, Unit or Squadron and only the 1st place winning
factual 10 50 AMERICANISM is a vital, active living
essay from each Class forwarded by March 1st to the 2. Organization of Subject Matter force, Americanism means peace, strength, the
CLASS I - 7th and 8th grades A. Unity (avoid will and the courage to live as free people in a
respective District AUXILIARY Chairman, District
CLASS II - 9th and 10th grades irrelevant matter) 10
AUXILIARY Chairman judge essays and send 1st Place free land. It means a friendly hand to people
CLASS III - 11th and 12th grade
winners to the respective Division AUXILIARY B. Emphasis (good everywhere who respect our institutions and our
Chairman by April 1st. Division AUXILIARY Chairman proportion and thinking. It is not a word. It is a cause, a way of
All Illinois School students in the 7th and 8th
judge essays and send 1st Place winners to Depart- arrangement of parts) 10 life, a challenge and a hope in this world of
grades and Junior and Senior High School are
ment AUXILIARY Chairman by May 1st. Names and C. Coherence
invited to participate in this contest. Home turmoil.
addresses may be obtained by calling Department
schooled will be competing at their own grade level (clearness) 10 30
Auxiliary Headquarters - 309/663-9366 **Reminder:
according to age. Competition will be on a Post,
ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CLASS PER POST NUMBER
3. Correct Usage AMERICANISM is an ideal of loyal patriot-
Unit or Squadron level and continue on to the A. Choice of words ism, religious tolerance, righteous freedom,
IS SENT ON TO THE DISTRICT CHAIRMAN.
Auxiliary District and Division level. Division 1st (free from overused fearless courage, honest integrity, abiding faith
place winners in each class will compete for the CONTEST RULES expressions) 10 in the commanding destiny of the United States,
following State Awards.
IDENTIFICATION: Essay entry must include —
B. Effective sentences and a fathomless love for the principles which
(correct grammar, led our forefathers to found this country.
Title page with Essay subject name on it
Students name and home address (including
and neatness) 10 20 AMERICANISM is complete and unqualified
city and state)
CLASS III 1st Place $1200.00 Scholarship Grade in school loyalty to the ideals of government set forth in
2nd Place $ 700.00 Scholarship TOTAL 100 the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independ-
Name of school
3rd Place $ 400.00 Scholarship ence, and the Constitution of the United States.
Name of sponsoring Post, Unit or Squadron.
4th Place $ 375.00 Scholarship
ALL the above information MUST PRECEDE THE ESSAY!
PRINCIPLES OF AMERICANISM It is respect for, and ready obedience to, duly
5th Place $ 300.00 Scholarship constituted authority and the laws of the land. It
LENGTH: The essay shall be no more than 500 The characteristic which distinguishes our form of is freedom without license, religion without
CLASS II 1st Place $200.00 Cash Award
words in length (not counting a, an, and, the). government from others is the recognition of the truth that the bigotry, charity without bias or race hatred, love
2nd Place $175.00 Cash Award
3rd Place $150.00 Cash Award inherent and fundamental rights of its people are derived from of Flag and a readiness to defend that for which
FORMAT: The essay may be either typed on a God and not from governments, dictators or majorities. it stands against every alien and subversive
4th Place $125.00 Cash Award typewriter or through Word Processing or written
5th Place $100.00 Cash Award These inalienable rights, which are the gifts to its people influence from without or within.
in ink on regular theme paper. No decorative
borders, pictures or other graphics. Pages must from their Creator, are Freedom of Worship; Freedom of
CLASS I 1st Place $200.00 Cash Award
be numbered at the center bottom, starting with the Speech and Press; Freedom of Assemblage; Freedom to Work AMERICANISM is an unfailing love of
2nd Place $175.00 Cash Award in such occupation as the experience, training and qualifica- country, loyalty to its institutions and ideals;
first page of the essay and paper-clipped together
3rd Place $150.00 Cash Award tions of its people may enable them to secure and hold; eagerness to defend it against all enemies;
4th Place $125.00 Cash Award individual allegiance of the Flag; and a desire
Freedom to enjoy the fruits of their work, which means the
5th Place $100.00 Cash Award IMPORTANT: All essays must be submitted to a protection of the property rights; and the Right to pursue their to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves
local American Legion Post, American Legion and posterity.
happiness so long as they do not harm others in the pursuit
Auxiliary Unit or Sons of the American Legion