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Honoring Willie

A Christmas gift for a World War One Veteran

Willie Lee Hendrix was born in 1896 and died in 1938 and was buried in Maloney Springs Cemetery next to his father John Henry Hendrix, 1864-1936.  Willie was buried in an unmarked grave next to his father. Willie served in the US Army during World War One.

Volunteers from the Horace Orr American Legion post in Marietta have been taking care of Maloney Springs Cemetery and ordered a bronze grave marker from the Department of Veterans Affairs Cemetery Division.  The Legion Post purchased a granite base stone from Roberts Shields Memorial Co. and volunteers placed the marker on Willie’s grave.  We were unable to locate any of Willie’s relatives.

Tis The Season

              I would like to take this opportunity to wish our Post Family a Happy, Safe and Blessed Holiday Season! All of us on the Board thank you for all your support in helping us through these tough and unique times.  

               As  always, if there is anything we can do for you or your Family, please let us know. Lets make sure we take care of each other and get ready for the New Year 2021!  It is an Honor to be your Commander!

Walt Cusick, Jr

Commander

Wreaths Across America

Each year ALR Post 29 helps lead the efforts of Horace Orr Post 29 in coordinating fundraising for Wreaths Across America.  Wreaths Across America is an annual event in which wreaths are purchased and placed on the graves of our fallen heroes at all national cemeteries.  UNFORTUNATELY THE WREATH LAYING FOR 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO COVID PRECAUTIONS.

Marine Toys For Tots

Horace Orr Post 29, Inc. is pleased to participate in the Marine Toys For Tots program. Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to donate for a needy family. We have collection boxes in the Social Quarters. We are accepting donations up until December 20th.

According to the official program website:

“The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is directed by the Commander, Marine Forces Reserve, with the assistance of his staff, from the Marine Forces Reserve.

“The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation is responsible for the day-to-day operations of Marine Toys for Tots. An IRS recognized 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity, it serves as the authorized fundraising and support organization for the Toys for Tots Program.  The Foundation provides the leadership, funding, and support needed for successful annual toy collection and distribution campaigns.  The Foundation staff is headquartered in the Cooper Center located just outside the Main Gate of Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia, about 35 miles south of Washington, DC.

“Local campaigns are conducted annually in over 800 communities covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.  The Commander, Marine Forces Reserve has under his command over 150 Reserve Units located in 47 states.  To cover all 50 states and more communities in each state, the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation selects Marine Corps League Detachments∗∗ and Local Community Organizations∗∗∗ (generally veteran Marines) located in communities without a Marine Reserve Center, to conduct Toys for Tots Campaigns as part of the overall Marine Toys for Tots Program.

“One individual, either a Marine, member of a Marine Corps League Detachment, or member of a local community organization, is designated the Toys for Tots Coordinator for that community.  The Coordinator is responsible to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for planning, organizing and conducting the campaign in his/her community.

“Local toy collection campaigns begin in October and last until mid to late December.  Toy distribution also takes place mid to late December.  Members of the community drop new, unwrapped toys in collection boxes positioned in local businesses.  Coordinators pick up these toys and store them in central warehouses where the toys are sorted by age and gender.  At Christmas, Coordinators, with the assistance of local social welfare agencies, church groups, and other local community agencies, distribute the toys to the less fortunate children of the community.  Over the years, Marines have established close working relationships with social welfare agencies, churches and other local community agencies which are well qualified to identify the needy children in the community and play important roles in the distribution of the toys.

“While Toys for Tots Coordinators organize, coordinate and manage the campaign, the ultimate success depends on the support of the local community and the generosity of the people who donate toys.

“Local business leaders play key roles.  They allow Coordinators to locate drop-off/collection boxes in their stores; provide free warehouse space for storing and sorting toys during October, November and December; provide vehicles to collect toys from drop-off sites; sponsor toy raising events; and help Coordinators arrange media exposure for Toys for Tots in the local community.

“National corporations support Toys for Tots by establishing affiliations with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  These corporations make donations to the Foundation or conduct cause marketing initiatives from which they share royalties with the Foundation.  In almost every instance, the marketing initiatives of these corporations give significant added visibility and name recognition to Toys for Tots.  Such visibility enhances the campaign at the national and local levels.  The funds emanating from these affiliations enable the Foundation to purchase toys to supplement local collections; purchase promotion and support materials and defray the costs of annual Toys for Tots Campaigns.”

Service Dogs Available

There are many good organizations that train and provide service dogs to veterans, children with development issues, and others.

One such organization is Pawsitive Action Foundation, Inc., in Cherry Log, GA. This is not an endorsement, only a public service notice.

Due to COVID19, PAF is are experiencing low demand for dogs. As a result, they have plenty of dogs available for qualified beneficiaries.

If you or someone you know is interested in a service dog, you may contact them at pawsitiveaction.org or

pawsitiveaction@gmail.com or

404-506-3818

Happy Trails Ol’ Roy

Our esteemed Chaplain, Roy Lantz, has packed his saddle bags and is riding off into the sunset. We appreciate his many years of service to the Legion, including two stints as our Chaplain.

Please join me in wishing Roy “Happy Trails” in his new life in Florida. Thanks for all you have done for veterans Roy! We won’t miss your corny jokes, but we will miss you.

We welcome Jim Wood, a young whipper-snapper with a wry grin and an awesome surname, as our new Chaplain. Please support Jim as he carries out his valuable duties.