The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary support many programs which practice and instill Americanism at the grassroots level.
They traditionally focus the spirit of Americanism with young people whose impressions of this country are still developing. Education is an important part of the mission of the American Legion because a democracy depends largely on its people being educated and informed.
The American Legion Butler County Council posts from Andover Post 406, Augusta Post 189, El Dorado Post 81 and Whitewater Post 68 are making preparations for the Butler County Government Day Program.
The Government Day program is for junior and senior high school students enrolled in government class at their high school located in Butler County. On Oct. 2, 280 students and teachers, who registered to attend will participate in a hands-on guided tour of the Butler County courthouse and Judicial Center. EMS and Fire Departments will set up displays in the parking lot of the courthouse.
Members of the courthouse staff will explain the purpose of each office as it pertains to the citizens of Butler County. The Election Office will provide students who reach their 18th birthday prior to the general election on Nov. 6 the opportunity to register to vote.
Students, teachers and staff will be provided lunch at the Community Building provided by the American Legion Auxiliary Units. Special guest speaker for the lunch will be Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker from Topeka. Assistant Secretary of State Rucker is a fifth generation Kansan.
Captain Rucker was honorably discharged from the Kansas Army National Guard, Judge Advocate General Corps having served from 1985 - 1993.
On Oct. 2 the students will learn personal responsibilities of citizenship sponsored by The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, Butler County Courthouse staff and employees.