|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.
The first Saturday in March is our monthly Karaoke night. This month, the Auxiliary is hosting a Pajama Party. Come out for music, dancing, raffles and prizes.
The monthly membership meeting for Legion and Auxiliary members will be Thursday March 5th at 7:30PM.
Come early for dinner at 6:30.
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 Auxiliary is holding a 50/50 raffle Saturday night in the Social Quarters. Proceeds go to benefit the Girls State leadership development program.
The Auxiliary Executive Board meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:15pm in the card room.
The Auxiliary will hold a bake sale during the SAL Breakfast on Saturday November 16th. Proceeds will support the purchase of a service dog for the grandson of one of our Auxiliary members.