Junior American Citizens
Sponsor: Daughters of the American Revolution
Name Adopted: 1936
Motto: Justice - Americanism - Character
Junior American Citizens Prayer:
Our Father, we thank Thee that America is our Country. We thank Thee that we live under the Stars and Stripes. Help us always to be obedient, loyal American citizens. Amen
The Daughters of the American Revolution had "good citizenship" type programs early in their history, but the name Junior American Citizens wasn't adopted until 1936.
In 1936 the program was limited to children (and maybe just boys - see below) who were not eligible for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Their initial focus may have been with immigrant children or children of immigrant parents, but that focus evolved to include all children grades 1 thru 8th by 1939.
The program continues today - striving to promote good citizenship and knowledge of American history through essay contests.
Junior American Citizens was limited to children who were not eligible for membership to the D.A.R., or, more accurately to the group Children of the American Revolution.
2 different sizes of the Junior American Citizens membership button-style pins. The pin on the left is 5/8", the pin on the right is 7/8." To be worn over the heart.
Thatcher Pin, the highest honor that can be earned in the Junior American Citizens, for outstanding service or citizenship. 2 versions known
There other known version of the Thatcher Pin
Informal Banner Design
NewsTime was the Junior American Citizens magazine in the 1950s
In 1939 membership rules changed to include all children grade 1-8.
Examples of more modern Junior American Citizens pins.