The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary support many programs that practice and instill Americanism at the grassroots level.
They traditionally focus on 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 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 informs junior and senior high school students enrolled in Government Class at their high schools located in Butler County. On April 9, students and teachers 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 have reached their 18th birthday the opportunity to register to vote.
Students, teachers and staff will be provided lunch at the Captain Edgar Dale American Legion Post 81 in El Dorado. Lunch is provided by the American Legion Auxiliary Units. Special guest speaker for the lunch will be Assistant Secretary of State Eric Rucker from Topeka.
Rucker is a fifth generation Kansan. He was honorably discharged from the Kansas Army National Guard, Judge Advocate General Corps having served from 1985-1993.