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Square Knot Award
Resolution No. 34, approved by the National Executive Committee in May 2003, established The American Legion and Scouting Square Knot Award.
"Through this award, the National Americanism Commission desires to provide recognition to those members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion who have made significant contributions to the youth of their communities through the programs of the Boys Scouts of America," National Americanism Commission Chairman Joseph Caouette said.
The Boy Scouts of America established the Community Organization Award, "Square Knot," so national chartered organizations such as The American Legion can recognize their members for voluntary service to, and achievement in, the Scouting programs. The award consists of a gold and purple square-knot patch, which may be worn on the Scout uniform shirt above the left pocket and certificate.
"Since 1919, The American Legion has encouraged its members to support and become involved in Scouting as a primary part of their service to God and country, their community, their state and their nation," Caouette said. "The Boy Scouts of America teaches the core values of duty to God and country, personal honor, respect for the beliefs of others, volunteerism and interdependence with the environment - principles which are conducive to good character, citizenship and health.
"This award will allow for the National Americanism Commission to recognize our American Legion family members who have given so much of their time and talents to the Boy Scout programs in their local communities."
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