Commander’s Column

May has arrived, hope everyone had a productive and safe April. I want to update our Legion Members, that the nomination period for the upcoming Election of next year’s Executive Board has closed. I can report that none of the Candidates listed on the Bulletin Board have been challenged, so there for, those listed will be voted in at our June 2022 General Meeting and installed at our July 2022 General Meeting. Please contact Past Commander Bill Beaudin if you have any questions concerning the Election process. Also, I want to thank Past Commander Beaudin for supervising our Election process again this year.Past Commander Beaudin for supervising our Election process again this year.

We worked with the United Military Care on May 13th and 14th with their Event to provide Aid and Care to our Veterans in Cobb County. It was held at the Cobb County Civic Center and was a huge success! I would like to commend and thank them for all their support to our fellow Veterans!

We are getting very close to wrapping up our Membership drive. We are still short of the Goal set by the District. Please reminder your friends to renew if they are a Member of our Post and welcome our new Members when you see them. Special thanks to Sr Vice Ed Bruce and Past Jr Vice George Grindstaff for all their hard work for the Post!

Memorial Day is coming up and we will keep you updated on the activities at the Post for that weekend as they develop.  

     In closing, I want to thank all those Members who work so hard to help make this Post what it is today! Also, we welcome more to step in help us going forward. I wish the best for you and your Families! Thank you all for your Service to our Great Country and Post 29! Honored to be your Commander!

Walter A. Cusick, Jr.

The American Legion Elections

POST 29 Election Notice for Legion year 2022/2023

Our annual Post 29 election process will begin on April 7, 2022

Our nomination process will start on April 7th and end in two weeks on Thursday, April 21st at the close of business in the social quarters.  There will be a binder behind the bar in the Social Quarters (ask the bartender for the election book).  Any Post 29 Legion member that wishes to run for any elected Legion office needs to enter their name under the office they wish to run for and must leave a copy of their DD-214 (proof of service) in the binder.  Current officers will not be required to leave proof of service (DD-214) because we already have that on file. 

Once a candidate’s eligibility has been verified,  their name will be entered on the election candidate sheet on the Post bulletin board.  All candidates must have current dues paid.

If only one name is listed for each office when the nominations are closed, an election will not be necessary.  If an election is needed it will be held on Thursday, June 2, 2022.  Election day details will be determined later.

Any questions, contact Election Committee Chairman

Bill Beaudin 678-485-0866

Atta Boy

At the general meeting on January 6th, Fifth District Commander Al Jackson presented Post 29 Junior Vice Commander George Grindstaff with recognition of his accomplishment of earning the Gold Brigade status for his outstanding efforts, recruiting over 50 new members to the Legion.

Not shown, but Junior Vice Commander Ed Bruce was awarded Silver Brigade for his membership efforts.

Volunteers Needed

Wreaths will be placed at Marietta National Cemetery on Saturday Dec 18th and we need volunteers to help place the wreaths on grave sites. They have over 10,000 wreaths to distribute; the cemetery has over 19,000 graves but donations came up short this year so many graves will not get a wreath. There will be a ceremony at Noon followed by the wreath placements. This event will occur rain or shine. We also need about 6 pickup trucks to move the boxes of wreaths to the different sections of the cemetery.  We need the trucks in the cemetery at 11AM. If you can help with a pickup truck contact Bill Beaudin 678-485-0866.If you are attending at noon to help, please park at the bank across from the cemetery or at the library on Roswell Rd.
There will be SAL breakfast at Post 29 that morning from 8-11 so you can eat and then help at the cemetery.

Legion Monthly Meeting

  I would like to remind all our Members, the December Monthly meeting returns to our regular schedule this week. We will be having a General Meeting on Thursday December 2nd at 7pm. As part of this meeting, we will present funds to our charity beneficiaries from the Golf Tournament.

          Please note the SAL will be serving dinner at 6pm. Cost is $10. Meeting will start at 7pm in our upstairs Meeting Hall. Hope you all will join us for this Meeting!

Post 29 Veterans Day 2021

The City of Marietta parade for Veterans Day will be held Thursday November 11th. The post will participate. To ride on the float, contact the Commander of your respective unit (Legion, Auxiliary, SAL, ALR). Please arrive at the post by 0800 Thursday morning. THERE IS A CHANCE OF RAIN. THE CITY OF MARIETTA WILL MAKE A CALL ON THE PARADE SOMETIME WEDNESDAY.

Following the parade, the post will serve a free lunch to our members. (The meal will be served even if the parade is cancelled.) Plan to be in the main hall upstairs around 1PM to eat (parade riders eat first). The SAL is preparing a great meal for our veterans, and Social Quarters staff will be happy to serve you on this special day. Be sure to thank them.

Be Aware of Scams

Friends, there are many scams out there on the internet, email, and over the phone.

We’ve become aware of a scammer using the name Billy Newman claiming to be from The American Legion, selling Lifetime Memberships. This person is not with The American Legion. Do not give anyone your bank information over the phone, especially this person claiming to be with The American Legion.

Stay safe. If you have any questions about membership, you may always contact George, Ed, or any board member.

National Purple Heart Day

Purple Heart Day is observed on August 7 each year and is a time for Americans to pause to remember and honor the brave men and women who were either wounded on the battlefield or paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. Purple Heart Day is also known as National Purple Heart Day, Purple Heart Recognition Day and Purple Heart Appreciation Day.

Purple Heart Day will be observed on Saturday, August 7, 2021.

The holiday was first observed in 2014, is considered an unofficial observance meaning that businesses, government offices etc. do not close on this day.

How Purple Heart Day is Observed

  • States, Counties, and Cities pause in recognition of the service and sacrifice of their local sons and daughters as do sports and entertainment entities.
  • Major League Baseball teams pay homage to their local Purple Heart recipients during special pre-game and 7th inning ceremonies.
  • Veteran and military organizations hold remembrance meetings for fallen heroes and special events to thank soldiers, veterans, and Purple Heart recipients on this day.
  • The Purple Heart Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, recommends donating time and money to the foundation or to other organizations working with Purple Heart recipients.
  • People take the time to listen to soldiers and veterans and learn more about their life stories and their military service.
  • American flags are flown at homes and businesses.

Criteria For Receiving A Purple Heart

The Purple Heart has a long list of criteria for eligibility-too long to list here. But in general it may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been “wounded, was killed, or who has died or may hereafter die of wounds received” from, according to the U.S. Army official site, any action against the United States, action with an opposing armed force, the results of any hostile “foreign force” and many other situations where men and women in uniform may find themselves under attack.

In general, the Purple Heart is awarded for injuries sustained because of enemy attack. Injuries sustained for other reasons not related to things “not caused by enemy agents” are generally not acceptable as grounds for receiving the Purple Heart, though friendly fire injuries do qualify as long as the friendly fire was intended for the enemy. The Purple Heart is now given to persons who are injured, wounded or died while a prisoner of war (POW).

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)

Purple Heart Recipients can join The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) which was formed in 1932. It is composed exclusively of men and women who have received the Purple Heart and is the only veterans service organization with only “combat” veterans as members. It’s estimated that more than a million Purple Hearts have been awarded and there are about 45,000 MOPH members today.

Why is the Purple Heart Purple?

One contemporary interpretation of the color of the Purple Heart is that the color represents the blood of all those who have made sacrifices in war, but traditionally the color is thought to represent the courage of those who serve. The original color of the Badge of Military Merit was purple, so it is logical that when the Purple Heart was created to celebrate George Washington’s bicentennial, the original color of the medal he created would be used to honor his memory.

History of The Purple Heart’s Long And Winding Road

The Purple Heart began as something called the Badge of Military Merit, an honor created by General George Washington in 1782. The honor was only presented to enlisted soldiers who had performed a “singularly meritorious action”. Only a handful of these were awarded, and following the American Revolution, the Badge of Military Merit didn’t become a permanent fixture among the various other awards and decorations given to those who serve.

But the spirit of the Badge of Military Merit would be honored again in 1932, when the Purple Heart award was created to honor the bicentennial of George Washington’s birthday. World War One saw the first Purple Hearts awarded to soldiers, presented on the site of the final encampment of the Continental Army in Windsor, New York.

The Purple Heart took many years to evolve into what it is known as today. When General Douglas MacArthur signed General Order #3 establishing the modern Purple Heart, it was not authorized to be awarded to anyone except to those serving in the Army or the Army Air Corps. A presidential order signed in 1942 opened the Purple Heart to all branches of the military including the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Modern Purple Heart

World War Two saw the Purple Heart change from an award for meritorious service to one honoring those who were wounded or killed in combat. Criteria for receiving a Purple Heart has also changed over the years; military members may be eligible for this honor if they are wounded or killed as a result of an act of terrorism or in qualifying circumstances where friendly fire was involved. There are also Purple Heart benefits afforded to the men and women that are awarded Purple Hearts.

This post courtesy of militarybenefits.info