AMERICAN LEGION COLORING CONTEST
1. The drawing of CAPTAIN EMILIO CARRANZA MEMORIAL shall be distributed to students in the
4th and 5th grades by the various Posts throughout the state. The coloring of the picture will be attested to
by the student's teacher. Neatness and accuracy in coloring the picture are most important in this
undertaking. No cover sheet needed for coloring contest; will be used for other Americanism awards.
2. On the back of each entry must appear: (1) the student's name, (2) age, (3) grade, (4) name of school, (5)
town or city, (6) teacher's name, (7) the name and number of the sponsoring Post and County of the Post.
---Must-be signed bytbe County Commander or the-County Americanism GhairpCFSOB. Entries- -----~- -
submitted without this information will not be judged. .
3. The Post will judge their own contest and choose 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The 1st place winner
will be turned over to the County Americanism Chairman, who will in turn select a committee to judge 1 st,
2nd and 3rd place winners for the County. The 1 st place winner for each County will then be turned over to
the Department Americanism Committee, who will in turn select a I st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner for the
State of New Jersey Contest. At all levels only the 1st place winner is forwarded to the next level!
4. Deadline for submitting entries to the County shall be FEBRUARY 19,2016 and deadline for Counties to
submit their entries to the DEPARTMENT CHAIRMAN shall be MARCH 11, 2016 or deliver the day of the
Department Judging on MARCH 19, 2016 at Post 414, Lawrenceville, NJ. Posts should advise school
personnel when you will pick up drawings, or if mailing give them name & address of person, along with a Post
5. The winning contestants in the Department contest shall be presented the Americanism Medals (Gold, Silver
and Bronze); plus a check ($300 - 1st, $200 - 2nd, $100 - 3rd). The first place Department winner will be
invited to the Department Convention in Wildwood in June 2016. The second and third place winners will
receive their awards at a county function.
6. Students may use any method of coloring they desire to complete the picture, however, THE DRAWING
MAY NOT BE ADDED TO OR ALTERED IN ANY FASmON AND NO THREE DIMENSION
COLORING MATERIAL APPLIED. Some accepted examples are: felttip pens, coloring pencils,
crayons, water colors, colored inks and even oil paints ... the art work MUST be from their own hand. Again we
stress ACCURACY AND NEATNESS in this PATRIOTIC COLORING CONTEST.
The committee suggests that each Post or group of Posts use the sample copy of the drawing and narrative as a
master and go to their local offset printer and have the required number of copies reproduced. The greater
number printed, the less cost per copy. Many printers use an inexpensive process with trade names such as
Speed-Print, Flasho-Print, etc.
WE FURTHER URGE AN ALL OUT EFFORT TO HAVE THE CONTEST IN ALL THE SCHOOLS IN THE
STATE, BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE.
For more Information, you can contact Post 281 Chairman, Tony Santanello
2015-2016 Department of New Jersey American Legion Coloring Contest
Captain Emilio Carranza Memorial Park, Tabernacle, New Jersey
A tragedy in the New Jersey pines near Chatsworth in 1928 has become a
foundation for a program of goodwill between nations - a program largely inspired
by the efforts of Mount Holly Post 11 of the American Legion.
One fateful day in July 1928 a dashing young airman, Captain Emilio Carranza
of the Air Corps of the Army of Mexico, received the ovation of a huge audience
gathered in New York to bid him bon voyage on his projected non-stop flight to
Allwentwell fof ashorttime, theii over the barrenpine country of southern
New Jersey a violent storm arose and the silver wings dipped for the last time.
Unseen by thousands of his new friends, the gallant captain crashed to his death.
When news of his death reached the county seat of Mount Holly, NJ., AL Post
11 quickly mobilized its resources and set out on the 25 mile hike to recover the
young airman's body and pay him due honor. When they returned to Mount Holly
the Legion mounted a Guard of Honor and helped to return his body home to
On July 1ih 1929 a year after the death of the goodwill airman, Mount Holly
Post conducted the first Memorial Service at the place where Captain Carranza
crashed- once known as Sandy Ridge, but from that point on was known as
Carranza Memorial Park. After that first service, Legionnaires made a solemn
pledge to conduct a pilgrimage each year to the scene of the crash and honor the
memory of Captain Carranza and to this day that honor continues on.
In 1933 the school children of Mexico City gave pennies to provide a fund for
the monument of stone quarried near Mexico City and erected by Post # lIon the
site where the young captain's body was found.
Thus the Mount Holly American Legion Post # 11 has been an inspiration for a
good neighbor and good will with our sister republic to the south; tragic though
Captain Carranza's death was, it proved, like the Phoenix legend of old, that "We
can rise from the ashes of dead selves to higher things."