What is Law & Order?
In the Preamble to the American Legion Constitution, which we recite at the beginning
of every meeting, we pledge ourselves to ten purposes, among which are: (1) to
uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; (2) to maintain
law and order; (3) to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; (5)
to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state, and nation; and
(8) to promote peace and good-will on earth.
To this end, we strive to maintain law and order in our homes, Posts and
communities. We also honor those "unsung heroes" of our lives - the paid and unpaid
law officers, firefighters, EMT's and paramedics - who give unselfishly of themselves
every day that we might have freedom and protection from harm.
The hours that they give are often "above and beyond the call of duty", and frequently
they are not compensated at a fair market value. Their families also give of
themselves in this effort, as many hours are spent away from home in their
professional dedication to their fellow man.
What Can My Post Do For the Law & Order Program?
The Department encourages each Post to hold an Awards Ceremony (and Dinner, if
possible) to honor the Law Enforcement, Firefighter, EMT and Paramedic personnel,
and their families, who live and work in your community. These professionals may be
paid or volunteer employees. If there are several Posts in the area, consider having a
joint ceremony. You can give a certificate to each honoree, or ask the Chief or
co-workers of each agency to select their outstanding professional to receive your
certificate, plaque or other award.
EMT's and Paramedics should be honored locally. In order to be submitted to
Department, he/she must be a Washington certified Law Officer or Firefighter.
Contact your local post for more information and how you can participate in this great
Click the following links for a copy of the application for Law Enforcement Officer of
the Year, Firefighter of the Year, EMT and Dominic Vitulli Humanitarian and Lifesaving
Law and Order Procedure Letter
Return all applications to:
Department of Washington
PO Box 3917
Lacey, WA 98509-3917
Attn: Law and Order Committee Chairman