To those that sacrificed…

In America’s cities and towns today, flags will be placed on graves in cemeteries; public officials will speak of the sacrifice and the valor of those whose memory we honor.

I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them.

Yet, we must try to honor them — not for their sakes alone, but for our own.

And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.

Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: the United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom [for] which they died, must endure and prosper.

Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply.

It has a cost.

It imposes a burden.

And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.

Each died for a cause he considered more important than his own life. Well, they didn’t volunteer to die; they volunteered to defend values for which men have always been willing to die if need be, the values which make up what we call civilization.

And how they must have wished, in all the ugliness that war brings, that no other generation of young men to follow would have to undergo that same experience.

As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation.

And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will ever have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.

Earlier today with the music that we have heard, and that of our National Anthem — I can’t claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don’t know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as our does: Does that flag still wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

That is what we must [all ask too].

Thank you.

Speech content taken from President Ronald Reagan’s 31 May 1982 Remarks at Memorial Day Ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery

SAL Monthly Breakfast

The Sons of American Legion Squadron 29 is pleased to offer their monthly breakfast for June on the 17th.  Open to the Public!  Bring the little ones for a fun, family breakfast. This will be held at the Post located at 921 Gresham Ave NE Marietta, Ga. 30060. The hours will be 8 AM to 11 AM. Cost will be $10 per plate dine in and $12 a plate take out!

Legion Monthly Meetings

I would like to remind all our Members, the June General Membership Meetings will be on Thursday, June 1st at 7 PM.

Please note the SAL will be serving dinner at 6 PM. Cost is $10.

The General Meeting will start at 7pm in our upstairs Meeting Hall.

The Legion specific meeting will start at the conclusion of the general meeting.

The Auxiliary will be holding their Membership meeting that evening as well following the meal and general meeting. This meeting starts at 7:30 PM in the small hall.

Hope you all will join us for these Meetings!

POST 29 Election Notice for Legion Year 2023/2024

Our annual Post 29 election process will begin on May 4, 2023

Our nomination process will start on May 4th and end in three weeks on Thursday, May 25th at the close of business in the social quarters.  There will be a binder behind the bar in the Social Quarters (ask the bartender for the election book).  Any Post 29 Legion member that wishes to run for any elected Legion office needs to enter their name under the office they wish to run for and must leave a copy of their DD-214 (proof of service) in the binder.  Current officers will not be required to leave proof of service (DD-214) because we already have that on file. 

Once a candidate’s eligibility has been verified,  their name will be entered on the election candidate sheet on the Post bulletin board.  All candidates must have current dues paid.

If only one name is listed for each office when the nominations are closed, an election will not be necessary.  If an election is needed it will be held on Thursday, June 1st, 2023.  Election day details will be determined later.

Any questions, contact Election Committee Chairman

Bill Beaudin 678-485-0866