Updated House Rules

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 Virtual Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is a sobering tribute to the 58,267 men and women who died during the conflict.

For those who cannot visit the memorial, there is an equally impressive online version. You may visit the online version at www.virtualwall.org

This website is an on-line version of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. with a personal memorial for each American military casualty of the Vietnam War. The memorial pages have photographs and personal tributes sent to us by relatives and friends.

VA Update

Veterans will continue to see improvements in VA services, VA Secretary Robert Wilkie said at “State of the VA” speech Feb. 5 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
These improvements for veterans include increased innovation—including the VA’s first 5G hospital—along with decreased wait times for appointments and better overall care. Veterans, especially those in rural areas, are receiving added attention through a VA program that focuses on faith-based groups that are interested in helping veterans in need. Visit VA.gov for more information.

Hallowed Ground

THIS IS HALLOWED GROUND

Why you don’t walk between the Colors

Between the flags that proudly fly

Let no one dare to stand

For here our Fallen comrades lie,

We call it , Hallowed Ground

A symbol yes, but  mark at will

Here let us ever humbly pause;

In memory of the ones who fell

In fighting for our sacred cause.

On sea or land these buddies died,

Some lie beneath a foreign soil,

In graves caressed by winds and tides,

In spots unknown to all but God

And so this place is Hallowed Groud.

And it shall be forever blessed,

As though it were a graves mound

Beneath which gallant heroes rest.

Be ever watchful, Legionnaire, 

of these two flags which signify,

That one should guard this spot with care.

Where our departed comrades lies,

And , if man should dare to tread,

This spot where lie our gallant brave,

He desecrates those noble dead,

As, tho he walked upon their grave

So, embrace your obligation, Legionnaires

And protect the Hallowed Ground,

To honor those who served and died and there never to have been found.

Quilt of Honor – John Hawes

During our February general meeting, the Georgia chapter of Quilts of Honor presented a quilt to John Hawes.

The mission of Quilts of Honor is to bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace, and remembrance to those who serve in harm’s way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms.

Quilts of Honor are made by the loving hands of countless volunteers who wish to thank those who have served and to honor their service and sacrifice.

John is a very active member of Post 29. As early as age 18, John served with distinction in Vietnam, as part of the Army 5th Cavalry. He is a recipient of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. John has remained active, serving veterans both through American Legion Post 29 and as Commander of Chapter 576 (Alpharetta) of Military Order of the Purple Heart.

John was also recognized with a Certificate of Honor from Post 29 Commander Walt Cusick. Thank you John!