The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Veterans Service are partnering to say “Thank You” to Korean War Veterans for their honorable military service and personal sacrifice by hosting a special medal and certificate ceremony. This event will involve the presentation of the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador for Peace Medal and Georgia’s Korean War Veteran Certificate of Honor.
The ceremony will be Friday April 12th at 10:00AM. Deadline to submit your request for a Certificate of Honor is April 2nd. Download the flyer.
Every Georgia veteran with honorable service during the Korean War (June 25, 1950 to July 27, 1953) is eligible to receive this certificate and peace medal lapel pin (This includes veterans with service in-country and those who were stationed elsewhere in other capacities). It is also available for veterans who participated in the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations through the end of 1955. The Ambassador for Peace Medal began to be presented to veterans as a special memento for those American veterans who returned to Republic of Korea through the “Revisit Program.” The honor was expanded to veterans who have been unable to participate. The State’s Certificate of Honor is personalized with the Korean War veteran’s name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service printed over the Seal of the State of Georgia and includes the official Korean War logo. These certificates are signed by Governor Brian Kemp and GDVS Commissioner Mike Roby.
Hello Russ, I thought I would follow up on the “call for volunteers” that you sent out on behalf of Toy’s 4 Tots at the Marietta collection center. Following is a list of those who answered the call: Past Commander William (Bill) Beaudin and his wife Lorri (Auxiliary Unit 29) volunteered several hours each on 12/14, 17 & 18. Legionnaire David Thomas and his son Austin on 12/14 volunteered for several hours each. Sandy Thompson (Auxiliary Unit 29) volunteered several hours per day from 12/17 through the 21st. She also volunteered on Christmas Eve along with a friend that she brought with her to help. Jerrie Clark (Auxiliary Unit 29) put in several hours per day from 12/17 through the 20th. She brought a friend with her on the 17th also. Jackie Brodie (Auxiliary Unit 29) worked a few hours a day from 12/17 through the 21st. Legionnaire Robert King volunteered for several hours on both the 20th & 21st. I (Auxiliary Unit 29 & member of ALR Post 29) volunteered for 70.5 hours. A couple of days early in November (8 hours). The remainder of my time (62.5 hours) was spread out between December 4th and the 24th. Thank you to all who answered the call and put in the hours to help us complete the mission.
On Wednesday December 19th, Horace Orr Post 29 hosted Santa Claus at the Park St. Elementary School. The purpose of this event is to provide gifts and Holiday Cheer to 18 special needs children. Post 29 has enjoyed a 30 year relationship with Park St. Elementary, providing gifts at Christmas and supplies during the year. It is a tremendous program that puts smiles on children’s faces while they deal with very difficult circumstances in their lives. It was inspiring to watch the dedicated teachers and staff work with these wonderful children!
Santa Claus ( Dick Hill) and Mrs. Claus (Bernadette LaRoche) were outstanding in their interaction with the children, teachers, and staff. Commander Walt Cusick and Tom Bell of the SAL served as elves, passing out presents. The picture below is of Santa and Mrs. Claus with the teachers and staff of Park St. Elementary.
This is an outstanding and important outreach program for the legion, that we hope goes on for another 30 years!
Toy’s are coming in on a daily basis now. We are swamped with work to get them sorted for distribution. Please Help!
The address is:
829 Pickens Industrial Dr. Suite #8
Marietta , GA 30062
This is the Cobb county location and it is within 3 miles of American Legion Post 29.
Hours of operation are through 12/21:
M-F 12 PM to 4 PM Weekends 10 AM to 4 PM
If you have an hour or more available in your day, please contact Olga T Noel.
Olga has been sorting toys and most of the time she is the only one there doing this job. We need help to get it all done by 21 December. Thank you for your consideration. Be advised this is a warehouse type environment (i.e. cement floors, wear comfortable shoes, it can get cold with the shipping bays open to receive toys). If you are into “counting steps” you will get a whole lot in but the work is gratifying.
If 1 or 2 people want to come help, they can just drop in. If 4 or more volunteer, please call to schedule a slot. Too many at a time gets to be chaotic and counterproductive.
Shopping dates for the Cobb Military Family Support Center (commissary) in November have been announced. From the Cobb MFSC:
Our next On Site Sale in Marietta is scheduled for 15-17 November 2018.
Times of the sale are Thursday and Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
The address is 1901 Terrell Mill Rd, Suite 200 Marietta, GA 30067. We
are located on the corner of Cobb Parkway and Terrell Mill Rd. Directions
are: Take I-75 North to exit 260 (Windy Hill Rd.) Turn left onto Windy
Hill Rd and travel to Cobb Parkway (about 1 mile). Turn right onto Cobb
Parkway and stay in the far right hand lane. Go about 1/4 mile and turn
right into Marietta Plaza. (There is a large white building with a red
guitar on it). We are located in Marietta Plaza next door to Burlington.
We will have all your holiday fixins’, gift packs, snacks, etc. at this sale
We will also have some special deals at the sale and lots of coupons.