Military Event 8.30.2021

Special Program
“Military Doctors, Lawyers & Preachers”

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Honorary Commanders Alumni Association is extending an invite to members of the American Legion Post 29 to join us for this FREE event on Monday, August 30.

When we hear slogans such as; “Aim-High, Fly-Fight-Win”, “Forged by the Sea”, “Army Strong”, and “The Few, The Proud, The Marines”, we often think of our young airmen, sailors and soldiers who enlist and take the oath right out of high school to train for battle and defend our nation. These are the men and women who make up the enlisted ranks of our Armed Forces.

There is another rank that we hear so little about and those are the men and women of the Armed Forces who make up our officer ranks. Those who have not only sworn to protect and defend but also are committed to looking after the mental, physical, spiritual and legal rights of all those who stand beside them. They make up the Medical Service Corps, the Judge Advocate General (JAG), and Chaplain Corps of our United States Military.

Please join us as we hear from a few who joined the ranks of the officer corps who will discuss their journey and why they chose the military to practice their professions.

Lieutenant Colonel Ortiz, USAF – Chaplain Ortiz is an Active Guard Reserve Wing Chaplain attached to the 94th Airlift Wing, Dobbins Air Reserve Base. He also serves as the 22nd Air Force NAF senior chaplain. He advises leadership on spiritual, ethical and morale issues within the Airlift Wing.
Brigadier General Bobby Christine, GAARNG – BG Christine is currently the Special Assistant to the National Guard Bureau’s General Counsel and the National Guard Advisor to the Judge Advocate General of the Army. On the civilian side he is the newly appointed District Attorney for the newly created Columbia County Judicial Circuit. He is the former United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.
Commander William Roy – CDR Roy commissioned as a Commander in the US Navy in April 2019. After completing the Officer Development School where he served as a Division Officer and Awarded the Thomas Eadie Award for highest academic and military training average, he served as General Medical Officer for the Marine Wing Support Squadron 471 Detachment Alpha until he reported November 2020 to Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute Pensacola, FL for Flight Surgery Training. CDR Roy is currently assigned to 4th Marine Air Wing Headquarters
PS1 Angela Hill – is a Personnel and Human Resource Specialist 1st Class who enlisted in the United States Navy after attending John McEachern High in 2009. PS1 Hill is currently a United States Navy Recruiter in Smyrna, GA and has a desire to attend Emory University School of Law in the future.

Monday, August 30, 2021
5:00 P.M – 7:00 P.M.

American Legion Post 29
(921 Gresham Ave NE, Marietta, GA 30060)

Registration is FREE for this event! 
Deadline to register for event is Friday, August 27, 2021

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***There will be a cash bar available***

Be Aware of Scams

Friends, there are many scams out there on the internet, email, and over the phone.

We’ve become aware of a scammer using the name Billy Newman claiming to be from The American Legion, selling Lifetime Memberships. This person is not with The American Legion. Do not give anyone your bank information over the phone, especially this person claiming to be with The American Legion.

Stay safe. If you have any questions about membership, you may always contact George, Ed, or any board member.

National Purple Heart Day

Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. Purple Heart Day is also known as National Purple Heart Day, Purple Heart Recognition Day and Purple Heart Appreciation Day.

Purple Heart Day will be observed on Saturday, August 7, 2021.

The holiday was first observed in 2014, is considered an unofficial observance meaning that businesses, government offices etc. do not close on this day.

How Purple Heart Day is Observed

  • States, Counties, and Cities pause in recognition of the service and sacrifice of their local sons and daughters as do sports and entertainment entities.
  • Major League Baseball teams pay homage to their local Purple Heart recipients during special pre-game and 7th inning ceremonies.
  • Veteran and military organizations hold remembrance meetings for fallen heroes and special events to thank soldiers, veterans, and Purple Heart recipients on this day.
  • The Purple Heart Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, recommends donating time and money to the foundation or to other organizations working with Purple Heart recipients.
  • People take the time to listen to soldiers and veterans and learn more about their life stories and their military service.
  • American flags are flown at homes and businesses.

Criteria For Receiving A Purple Heart

The Purple Heart has a long list of criteria for eligibility-too long to list here. But in general it may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been “wounded, was killed, or who has died or may hereafter die of wounds received” from, according to the U.S. Army official site, any action against the United States, action with an opposing armed force, the results of any hostile “foreign force” and many other situations where men and women in uniform may find themselves under attack.

In general, the Purple Heart is awarded for injuries sustained because of enemy attack. Injuries sustained for other reasons not related to things “not caused by enemy agents” are generally not acceptable as grounds for receiving the Purple Heart, though friendly fire injuries do qualify as long as the friendly fire was intended for the enemy. The Purple Heart is now given to persons who are injured, wounded or died while a prisoner of war (POW).

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)

Purple Heart Recipients can join The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) which was formed in 1932. It is composed exclusively of men and women who have received the Purple Heart and is the only veterans service organization with only “combat” veterans as members. It’s estimated that more than a million Purple Hearts have been awarded and there are about 45,000 MOPH members today.

Why is the Purple Heart Purple?

One contemporary interpretation of the color of the Purple Heart is that the color represents the blood of all those who have made sacrifices in war, but traditionally the color is thought to represent the courage of those who serve. The original color of the Badge of Military Merit was purple, so it is logical that when the Purple Heart was created to celebrate George Washington’s bicentennial, the original color of the medal he created would be used to honor his memory.

History of The Purple Heart’s Long And Winding Road

The Purple Heart began as something called the Badge of Military Merit, an honor created by General George Washington in 1782. The honor was only presented to enlisted soldiers who had performed a “singularly meritorious action”. Only a handful of these were awarded, and following the American Revolution, the Badge of Military Merit didn’t become a permanent fixture among the various other awards and decorations given to those who serve.

But the spirit of the Badge of Military Merit would be honored again in 1932, when the Purple Heart award was created to honor the bicentennial of George Washington’s birthday. World War One saw the first Purple Hearts awarded to soldiers, presented on the site of the final encampment of the Continental Army in Windsor, New York.

The Purple Heart took many years to evolve into what it is known as today. When General Douglas MacArthur signed General Order #3 establishing the modern Purple Heart, it was not authorized to be awarded to anyone except to those serving in the Army or the Army Air Corps. A presidential order signed in 1942 opened the Purple Heart to all branches of the military including the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Modern Purple Heart

World War Two saw the Purple Heart change from an award for meritorious service to one honoring those who were wounded or killed in combat. Criteria for receiving a Purple Heart has also changed over the years; military members may be eligible for this honor if they are wounded or killed as a result of an act of terrorism or in qualifying circumstances where friendly fire was involved. There are also Purple Heart benefits afforded to the men and women that are awarded Purple Hearts.

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