POW MIA Update 6.26.2020

The DoD DPAA POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced this week the return of four (4) U. S. service men to their families for burial with full military honors and to bring closure to their loved ones.
 
  1. Army, Cpl Francis J. Ruchon, 21, of Douglas County, Wisconsin, Company C, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division, Lost on 09/01/1950—Accountrf for on 06/18/2020—Changnyeong/ Korea
  2. Army, Master Sgt James L.Quong, 30,  of Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, Company D, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, Lost on 12/02/1950—Accounted for on 06/18/2020—Chosin Reservoir/ Korea
  3. Marines, Pfc John M. Fahy, 19, of New York, Compan D, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Lost on 11/22/1943—Accounted for on 06/05/2020—Tarawa Atoll/ WWII
  4. Navy, Fire Controlman 3rd Class Robert T. Stout, 21, of St Louis County, Missouri, USS Oklahoma, Lost on 12/07/1941—Accounted for on 06/18/2020—-Pearl Harbor/ WWII
TOTAL TO DATE—-115
WWII————-81
KOREA————34
VIETNAM———–0
 

“You Are Not Forgotten”

Tommy Cannon
Commander
Georgia POW/MIA Honor Guard

Memorial Day 2020

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
National Commander

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.

Take a Moment to Remember our POWs and MIAs

Today is POW MIA Remembrance Day. Always remember.

THE POW-MIA

by Tim Murphy-1986

I’m just a nameless silhouette, Nobody knows my face,

Though many of you pray for me each day,

The man you said you won’t forget, in the dark and distant place,

I AM THE POW; I am a dead Marine;

I am the wounded grunt they couldn’t find,

BUT I’M LIVING STILL, and I am long dead and I am somewhere in between,

I can’t believe that I was left behind,

They killed me in an ambush, and they captured me alive,

and I died when my huey crashed and burned,

They over-ran my unit, but I managed to servive,

And they beat me and they whipped me, and they worked me till I dropped,

To break my will, they made their best to endeavor,

When great despair had gripped me, still the torture never stopped,

And they told me, We can keep you here forever,

They told me that my parents died, that my kids were grown and gone; and my

wife lost hope, and married my best friend, But there,

A PRAYER I HOLD INSIDE THAT HELPS ME TO GO ON, That someone still 

remembers, and will bring me home again,

I’M JUST A NAMELESS SILHOUETTE; NOBODY KNOWS MY FACE;

Though many of you pray for me each day;

The man you said you won’t forget in a dark and distant place.

I AM THE POW; I AM THE MIA

Video Proof

The website, Eblast, and Newsletter team does our best to share all of our events with you. But the addition of a professional photographer to our team has taken our game to a new level.

Check out this short video of some of our activities in 2019.

Independence Day

Independence Day is just around the corner. Here’s a snippet of our events.

The post will participate in the parade through Marietta Square. Our float needs to be in position by 0830 on the morning of July 4th. Members may ride in our float, on a first come, first aboard basis. Please note it will be a long hot day on the float.

We also serve a meal to all current members and their families. The post will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, toppings, and drinks. Members who attend should bring their current ID card, and some side dish to share. Food service will begin around 1PM on July 4th.

POW/MIA Honor Guard

POW/MIA Team will hold their regular monthly meeting Saturday June 15 at 12 Noon at Post 29.  
This is a very important  meeting and I request you to try to attend to get the latest and the greatest for the Team and check out the new equipment we have and the new dates of our upcoming events.
Also we have a flag retirement ceremony that afternoon at 5pm at the United Military Care site on Canton Road. The van will be leaving the post at 4 pm if you want to ride over.  Full uniforms required

Tommy Cannon

Commander

Georgia POW/MIA Honor Guard

American Legion, Post 29

Memorial Day Weekend Events

Welcome to one of our busiest weekends of the year, as we honor the fallen and remember their sacrifices.

Saturday, we hold our 5th Annual Veterans Memorial 5k Race on the Marietta Square. Various volunteers will gather between 0500 and 0700. The race starts at 0730, and will last until about 10AM. Then we set up for our Memorial Celebration at Glover Park on the Square. We’ll have distinguished speakers, a POW-MIA Honor Guard ceremony, and nearly two hours of patriotic music from the Georgia Symphony Orchestra.

Sunday we will honor our namesake, Sgt. William Horace Orr at his grave in Mars Hill cemetery. The short ceremony will begin at 2:45 PM.

Monday, the official Marietta Memorial Day event will take place at the National Cemetery. Then at 2PM, we’ll serve our annual Memorial Day lunch to all our members and their families. Grilled chicken and grilled sausage will be provided, along with sandwich buns and toppings. Members are asked to bring picnic-style sides and deserts.