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The award is based on a combination of consolidated reports from posts around the state and the narrative of any special programs.
What also got the National American Legion's attention was the creation of a comprehensive program for flag education, which was piloted in schools in Nassau County. Created by Americanism Vice Chair Anthony Booth, the program was designed to meet the requirements of legislation passed by the State Legislature for students in New York to have training on the American Flag.
Despite some difficulties, such as opposition by some school officials and learning to adapt the program to fit all grade levels, "the program has been a great success," Mallicoat reported, noting plans to promote the flag education program around the state.