The American Legion Begins

The American Legion’s first organizational meeting took place in Paris, France in March 1919. A caucus was held which created a temporary constitution and adopted the name The American Legion. Another organizing caucus was held in St. Louis, Missouri in May 1919, which established a constitution and proposed the permanent organization. Congress granted The American Legion a national charter in September 1919.

Horace Orr Post 29 was originally chartered as Blackjack Post 29 on September 29,1919. The name was permanently changed to Horace Orr Post 29 at the general membership meeting on April 26, 1922.

Post 29 is named in honor of Sgt. William H. Orr, the first soldier from Marietta, GA killed in World War I. Horace resided at 103 McDonald Street in Marietta. He worked as a salesman for the Dixie Culbert Metal Company in Atlanta when he was drafted. Horace reported for training at Camp Gordon in Chamblee, GA on September 22, 1917 and departed for Europe on April 10, 1918. Sgt. Orr was killed in action on October 14, 1918 in the battle of Argonne Forest in France. Horace served in the Army, Company A, 325th Infantry, 82nd Division. His parents were notified of his death in December 1918. His body was returned from France on March 2, 1922. His funeral was held Sunday March 5, 1922. He is buried in the family burial ground, now part of Mars Hill Cemetery near Acworth, GA.

Auxiliary SOUPerbowl Fundraiser 2.18

The Auxiliary will be having a soup fundraiser next Saturday, February 18th during the SAL breakfast from 8 to 11 am.  The SOUPerbowl Fundraiser is to send young ladies in our community to Girls State. One-quart containers filled with soups, chili, stews, spaghetti sauce, sloppy joes, etc., will be sold for $10.00 each.

Donation delivery of items in sealed containers can be dropped off at the Social Quarters the Thursday and Friday before (2/16 & 2/17) marked with the sauce/soup and reheating instructions. Please get in touch with Shirl with any questions or tell her what you are cooking and donating.


House Rules

The Social Quarters is our hub of activity at Post 29. We enjoy hosting post members and guests, and we appreciate your business.

Since we have many new members, and as a reminder for our regulars, there are House Rules enforced in the Social Quarters.

These rules are posted in the SQ, and we have an entire book of the rules and policies. These are kept in the podium where the Guest Log is displayed. Below the Guest Log, on the lower shelf, is our book of House Rules and other policies. Please read them and familiarize yourself with them.

Here are a couple quick highlights:

  • We have a dress code. It’s posted outside the entrance to the SQ.
  • The SQ is closed to the public. A current ID card is required to enter. Guests may enter with a current member for a limited number of visits.
  • The bartender controls access to the SQ. Only the bartender or a Legion Officer should allow someone without a door card to enter.

If you have any questions, you may ask the SQ Manager Sarah Shirley or Junior Vice Commander Mark Henley. If neither are available, the bartender on duty or any Legion Officer present may assist you.

Army -Navy Game…

Army and Navy first met on the field on November 29, 1890. They have met annually all but five years since then, and in every season since 1930. The game has been held at several locations throughout its history, including New York City and Baltimore, but has most frequently been played in Philadelphia, roughly equidistant from the two academies. Historically played on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (a date on which most other major college football teams end their regular seasons), the game is now played on the second Saturday in December and is traditionally the last regular-season game played in NCAA Division I football.

The rivalry between Annapolis and West Point, while friendly, is intense. The phrases “Beat Navy!” and “Beat Army!” are ingrained in the respective institutions and have become a symbol of competitiveness, not just in the Army–Navy Game, but in the service of the country. The phrases are often used at the close of (informal) letters by graduates of both academies. A long-standing tradition at the Army–Navy football game is to conduct a formal “prisoner exchange” as part of the pre-game activities. The prisoners are the cadets and midshipmen currently spending the semester studying at the sister academy. After the exchange, students have a brief reprieve to enjoy the game with their comrades.

The American national anthem is sung by members of the United States Military Academy and the United States Naval Academy choirs. At the end of the game, both teams’ alma matres are performed. The winning team stands alongside the losing team and faces the losing academy’s students; then the losing team accompanies the winning team, facing their students. This is done in a show of mutual respect and solidarity. Since the winning team’s alma mater is always played last, the phrase “sing second” has become synonymous with winning the rivalry game.

Through the 2023 meeting, Navy leads the series 62–55–7 however, until next year…”Go Army!” rules the day.

See you next year for the 2023 game at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

New Veterans Affairs clinic in Marietta to open next week

Sep. 20—The new U.S. Veterans Affairs specialty clinic in Marietta is set to open Monday, Sept. 26, the VA Atlanta Healthcare System confirmed.

The clinic is located at 1263 Cobb Parkway North, near the intersection with Bells Ferry Road. It will offer services including primary care, mental health, radiology, audiology, eye, dental, physical therapy, occupational therapy and prosthetics.

Initially, only the audiology, physical and occupational therapy, dental, and eye specialty clinics will be open, said Gregory Kendall, a spokesman for the Atlanta VA. The primary care and mental health services are expected to open over the next couple of months, he said.

Construction on the $15 million clinic was completed in November of last year.

The clinic will serve approximately 17,000 veterans and employ some 200 workers.

Hunter Riggall, Marietta Daily Journal, Ga. Tue, September 20, 2022 at 12:01 AM·1 min read