|Dear American Legion Family Members and Friends,|
Memorial Day, for most of us, will be different this year. The meaning, however, does not change.
I’m calling on The American Legion Family to encourage communities far and wide to pay tribute to our nation’s fallen heroes at dusk May 25, Memorial Day, by lighting candles of honor and placing them on front porches. Such a display will remind everyone that our resolve to honor those who served before us will continue even as social-distancing measures limit our ability to perform traditional Memorial Day remembrances.
We must adapt and overcome the pandemic in order to pay our respects to the true meaning of Memorial Day.
The manner and placement of the candles of honor are up to each individual. If possible, I recommend using a front porch as a visible reminder of the price that was paid for freedom.
Color options for consideration could include: A red candle to remember the blood shed in battle for the protection of our freedoms. A white candle to keep our POWs/MIAs ever in our thoughts and prayers as we await their return home A blue candle to salute the memories of those who made it home but are no longer with us. However you choose, whether it’s one candle or three, I ask that photos of those candles be shared on social media, tagging The American Legion National Headquarters and using the hashtag #candlesofhonor so our message will reach families everywhere. An additional option is to show your gratitude by having each member of a family or group hold up a sign spelling out a message of Memorial Day. WE SHALL NEVER FORGET would be a good choice.
Also, this year, remember our Virtual Memorial Day page on legion.org/legiontown. Please share with our national audiences the story of someone who served in the Armed Forces who holds special meaning to you. Share who you will be remembering this Memorial Day on social media using hashtag #VirtualMemorialDay.
And let’s not forget that Friday is National Poppy Day. While our poppy distribution plans may be different this year, it’s also an opportunity to innovate. The American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters is planning a Facebook watch party May 22 at noon EDT. American Legion Family members across the country are also planning other low-contact ways to remember the fallen and keep faith with the disabled through the symbol of our official flower, the red poppy.
No matter how we remember this year, the most important message we need to send is that we will never forget.
For God and country,
James W. “Bill” Oxford
Due to changes to The American Legion Constitution, and the Department of Georgia Constitution, our Judge Advocate is currently revising the Constitution and Bylaws of Horace Orr Post 29, Inc. In addition, the policies and procedures of the Post have also been reviewed. The Constitution and Bylaws of Horace Orr Post 29, Inc. stipulate that rules and policies pertaining to the day to day operation of the Post are specifically assigned to the Executive Committee.
At the Executive Committee meeting on February 27, 2020, the House Rules and several other policies were reviewed, revised, and approved by the Executive Committee. The updated rules and policies are posted in the Social Quarters, and are filed in a notebook kept in the podium that also houses our Guest Log. A copy will be provided to the leader of each Legion Unit attached to this post. This announcement will be sent to all subscribers of our E-blast, posted on our website, and included in the next newsletter.
Any questions should be directed to the Executive Committee.
Monthly meeting for the riders is Saturday, January 18th at 10:30AM. What a busy day. Join us and ride on our success!
The 2019-2020 Legion Year is over four months complete. It is time to renew your membership to the Legion, SAL, Auxiliary, and ALR. Memberships, and post privileges, will lapse in January if not renewed.
Stop by the post and RENEW TODAY!
$35 for Legion renewals.
$30 for Auxiliary renewals.
$25 for Sons of Legion renewals.
$10 to renew for the Legion Riders in addition to your regular membership.
Minors and dual members are $10.
You may mail a payment to the Post, as long as you include your membership number and contact information (address, email, phone).
Many of you will receive a notice from National Headquarters. You may use their forms to renew, or you may ignore that and deal directly with us.
Our address is 921 Gresham Avenue, Marietta, GA 30060.
The National Cemetery in Marietta looks fantastic, thanks to the efforts of many, including our very own Legion Riders Unit 29. Their Wreaths Across America project is fantastic. Thanks to all who donated, or volunteered.
Did you know that we offer a free breakfast for members who renew early?
Simply renew your membership before the end of September, and you’ll be an “Early Bird”. We’ll treat you to a free breakfast at the October SAL Buffet.
If you already renewed for 2019-2020, then check your Membership Card for a red Early Bird. If you didn’t get a stamp, see your membership director.
The website, Eblast, and Newsletter team does our best to share all of our events with you. But the addition of a professional photographer to our team has taken our game to a new level.
Check out this short video of some of our activities in 2019.
Post 29 ALR Ride
Providence Canyon (Little Grand Canyon)
Lumpkin, Georgia. September 14, 2019 0800 hrs.
Alternate for weather; Sunday, 15 September; same time 0800.
Legion, SAL, Auxiliary, and ALR units have all completed their election process for the 2019-2020 year.
Installation of officers for all units will take place at a dinner and meeting at Post 29 on Saturday July 13th. Events will begin at 5PM.
The dinner is sold out. The social quarters will remain open for our members, with our regular activities. Following dinner, a few tables will be reserved in the SQ for guests of our installation.
The race committee for the 5th Annual Veterans Memorial 5K and Military Appreciation Celebration would like to thank the entire American Legion Post 29 family for helping host the most successful 5K and military appreciation celebration that we have ever had. We could not have been successful without the support of the entire American Legion Post 29 family.
I would like to thank Commander Walt Cusick and his e-board for the support and guidance that they provided. I really appreciate the efforts of the ALR members for their efforts at putting on a bike ride and providing motorcycles to lead our runners. The ladies auxiliary provided help at pre-pack, and pickup , registration and made a donation as well. The SAL made a wonderful donation to the race, and the SAL members really helped with the set-up and take down on race day. The American Legion members stepped up in huge way, by being volunteers; manning water stations, set up and take down, and clean-up; buying polo shirts; and being phantom runners. A special thank you to the Social Quarters staff for
their help in selling shirts, tickets and helping with the pick and pack. They are our secret weapon. Needless to say we appreciate the legion’s support of our wine tasting and the Banks and Shane concert.
Race day was a huge success with over 400 runners ( exact number still being finalized). The simulcast provided by the Army National Guard, their sponsorship and support was outstanding, – it was fun, entertaining, but also very inspirational. We cannot thank the Marietta Fire Dept. and the Marietta Police Dept. enough for providing an honor guard, a medical team and traffic control. The weather was great, and it was great to have legion members being our DJ and singing the National Anthem. The runners enjoyed to the day with many saying this is the best 5k of the year.
The Military Appreciation Celebration was awesome! From the ringing of the Bell on the Square to the POW-MIA ceremony to our speakers and the concert it was tremendous! A special thanks to Maj. Gen. Tom Carden for his remarks and to Cobb County Commission Chair and retired Marine Colonel Mike Boyce for his comments. The Georgia Symphony Orchestra was tremendous, and we appreciate them donating their time to be with us.
When you write an open letter, you sometimes leave someone out when you are trying to recap your appreciation for the help we have received. I hope this is not the case here. But the race committee truly appreciated the support from the entire legion family for your time, effort, monies, and participation in this years Veterans Memorial 5K and Military Appreciation.
The finances for the race and all of the money totals are still in the works, for we are waiting on some invoices in order to complete the accounting. I hope to have a final number by the June 6th general meeting.
In closing I would like to thank all of our sponsors who supported us again this year, for none of this would be possible without them! There are just too many to list here! Finally, Peggy Beascoehea and I would like to thank our committee members who worked very hard to help make this event successful! You guys and gals are the best!
Have a great day! Respectfully yours,
Race Committee Chairman
Our 5th Annual Veterans Memorial 5k Race and Celebration will be held Saturday May 25th, 2019. We have several events and lots of ways to be involved. Run, walk, sponsor, buy a shirt, donate, volunteer…