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Welcome to the Saluting America School Program

Empowering teachers to promote patriotism and raise youth awareness
of the sacrifices made by our nation's active duty military personnel and our veterans.


Using educational tools and suggested projects, educators customize classroom activities to teach young people about sacrifices made to protect our country's freedom. By engaging in the classroom activities and programs, young Americans learn about patriotism, citizenship, and history. The Saluting America School Program was launched in 2013 in partnership with The American Legion and with major support from the Daniels Fund.

A Tribute Card completed by each student is a key program element. These messages of appreciation are distributed to veterans and active duty military worldwide. Successful school components include collaborative efforts with veterans organizations, the awarding of "The American's Creed" Framed Prints, school organized Tribute Contests for creative works, and ceremonies recognizing the efforts of students and service of our military. 


Students in grades K-12 develop appreciation for what veterans and active military have done and are doing to protect our values and freedoms. They acknowledge this service and express their appreciation through direct messages in the Tribute Cards and Tribute Contests, as well as their own personal expressions. Schools lead activities that may include special award ceremonies, school assemblies, community activities, and the inclusion of our veterans, Medal of Honor recipients, and military members.

Through these powerful interactions facilitated and encouraged by the Saluting America School Program, America’s youth learn about sacrifice, service, and courage directly from men and women who embody these values. As Tribute Cards from students reach veterans and active military personnel around the world, these appreciative bonds grow even stronger.



The powerful but simple activities within the Saluting America School Program engage students, schools, parents, veterans, active military members, community leaders, local businesses, and other community and volunteer organizations with each other. As students become more aware of the sacrifices made on their behalf and as they express their appreciation through Tribute Cards and Tribute Contests, local community bonds strengthen.

When the completed Tribute Cards are distributed locally, across the nation, and around the world, veterans and active military receive personal “thank you” messages from America’s youth.

The student and the Tribute Card recipient may be perfect strangers, but they become emotionally bound to each other through the message in the card.

Their Tribute

  • I received an American Hero Card, when I went to the York Fair in Pennsylvania. I just wanted to thank the students at the Colorado School, for making my day so much better. 

    David Forrey

    I wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you. My father-in-law and I participated in the Rolling Thunder in Washington, D.C. on 25 MAY 2014. During this event an individual handed me a card and simply said, "thank you for your service." The card was written by a young man named Joseph on 6 NOV 2013. I wanted to let you know that the words Joseph wrote spoke volumes about the type of Patriotism that is hard to find these days, it warmed my heart and made me proud to be a Soldier in the U.S. Army. Thank you for making my Memorial Day a memorable one and thank you for supporting our troops. God bless you, God bless America and keep up the great work!

    --Lt. Col. Patrick M. Alexander, U.S. Army

    I just wanted to say I think your program is a great one and thank you for supporting those in the military both active and retired. My parents were both in the Navy and received cards from your students this past weekend at Rolling Thunder in Washington DC. My dad was thrilled when he opened his very colorfully decorated card from a student and the message inside touched him. My dad doesn't show emotions very often but was definitely humbled to receive such a gift. Although it would seem small to most I know it touched him deeply, so again I wanted to extend my thanks to your program and continue to do the great work you do since it doesn't go unnoticed!