Membership Updates

Legionnaires,

Membership keeps rolling along. We are continuing to work through the renewals mailed in, dropped off, and through the online options. We are approaching our October goal and are 13 days away from that date. National’s target date is October 14th and they are looking for 55% of our yearly goal by that date. Our Post goal is to maintain the number we achieved last year which was 1,041 members so 55% gives us a number of 573 members. We currently stand at 557 members. We would like to see sixteen members (or more) to go ahead and make the jump to renew.

We need your help to achieve these goals so please go ahead and get your membership turned in within the next 13 days to keep our Post running ahead of goals. For the last three years that I have helped I know we have been able to hit every benchmark date and percentage that Department and National has sent our way and there is no reason to stop now. Please help out the Post and send your renewal in today.

George Grindstaff & Ed Bruce

Commander’s Column

Hope everyone is getting ready for Halloween, it is soon to arrive! We had a very eventful September. It was our Post 102nd Birthday on September 29th. Also, we had our Annual Golf Tournament on September 13th.

     Our Annual Golf Tournament on the 13th turned out to be another successful event! Please, let’s all thank Golf Chairman Jim Kopp for his hard work and great Leadership of this event. Jim had a great Committee collaborating with him and thanks to all of them for a job well done! Just a reminder all the funds collected go to our Marietta First Responders. The Committee is finalizing the numbers at this point. We will present our Donations to them at our December General Meeting, come join us in giving thanks these special people who keep us safe!

     I hope you were able to join us in the Social Quarters on the 29th for our 102nd Birthday celebration. This is quite a milestone, to be this old and active a Post, supporting our Members and their Families in addition to the Marietta and Cobb County Community. I commend all our members, who help us do our Mission, thank you.

     Let us thank George Grindstaff and Ed Bruce for their challenging work, managing our Membership. We were able to meet our National Goal set at 50% and looks good that we will meet the next goal of 55%. We still have of many Members who need to renew their Membership. Also, we will be switching our Door Cards in the near future and you will need a current Membership Card to receive a new Door Card. Please let us know if you have any questions. Your current Membership helps us meet our Mission!

     As always, special thanks to our Social Quarters staff for a fantastic job servicing us. Please say thanks to them when you have a chance. Please follow our What’s Happening Email, it will keep you updated on the upcoming events and other useful information.

     Our 5K Race is only a few weeks away on Nov 13th, the Race Committee has been hard at work as always. Please support this event, the Charities we support are outstanding. Our Service Officer’s Fund is one these Charities and these funds help us support our Veterans in need.

     In closing, I want to thank all our Members who are willingly supporting our efforts. Please, come be a part of it. Give back and help us meet our Mission. God Bless Post 29, our Members and their Families! God Bless this Great County we all willing served! Honor to be your Commander!

Walter Cusick, Jr.

Legion Monthly Meeting

  I would like to remind all our Members, the October Monthly meeting returns to our regular schedule this week. We will be having a General Meeting on Thursday October 6th at 7pm.

          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!

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

Legion Installation 7.8.2021

There will be no General Meeting for July. The July meeting will be to conduct installation of officers for all family units. This meeting will be on July 8th. Dinner at 6pm, Meeting at 7pm. A band will play in the Social Quarters following the conclusion of the installation.

This meeting is by reservation, to ensure there is enough seating for all incoming officers. For further information, contact the Adjutant, Al Rosenfield.

Independence Day

The Independence Day festivities are back! Come join Post 29 as we celebrate our Independence.

We will participate in the Marietta parade on Saturday July 3rd. To ride on our float, please coordinate with Commander Cusick, or Adjutant Al Rosenfield.

We will provide lunch for all Post 29 Legion members on Saturday July 3rd, from approximately 1-2PM, depending on when the parade ends. Current post 29 members are invited. Lunch will be served upstairs. This is not a pot luck, no outside food please.

Legion Election Update

POST 29 Election Notice

The election for 2021-2022 was conducted last night. Your incoming Legion officers are as follows:

Commander—————- Walt Cusick, Jr.

Senior Vice Commander——    Russ Wood

1st Jr. Vice Commander ——–  George Grindstaff

2nd Jr. Vice Commander ——-  Ed Bruce

Finance Officer ————– Guy Cook

Service Officer ————– Michael McAdams

Judge Advocate ————– Darlene Allmaras

Historian ——————- Gail Evilsizor

Chaplain ——————– Jim Wood

Sgt At Arms —————– Jim Devoto

Bill Beaudin

Election Committee Chairman

Let’s Ruck 3.28.2021

What’s a Ruck? Just a walk. Many folks will add a backpack. Crazy folks fill the backpack with heavy weights.

Why Ruck? Because walking is good for us. Especially during a pandemic, when so many activities have been banned or cancelled, we can always walk.

When: Sunday March 28th. If there’s enough interest, we’ll ruck on the last Sunday of every month. We’ll depart at 11am, and we should return to the post by noon.

Where: Meet at Post 29. For our first ruck, we’ll simply walk to the National Cemetery, about a mile from the post. We’ll stroll through the cemetery and pay homage to those buried there, then we’ll hike back to the post. Easy. Even your kids and grandkids can do it. Weather permitting.

Wait, why again? Because we can. Because we want to always challenge ourselves. You will get in shape. Walking improves your physical and mental health. If we ruck as a group, we build camaraderie and community. Let’s enjoy the outdoors, and some sunshine.