Volume 05 - Issue 09 | September 2020
THE PATRIOT
The American Legion Newsletter - Ira Weaver Post 121
Celebration of the Post’s 100th Anniversary
PO Box 247, Blairsville GA 30512

We have a new Facebook page so we may integrate with social media. Please visit the new page https://www.facebook.com/iraweaver121 and like us and follow us.
COMMANDER'S CALL - Dan Wickersham, Cdr.
Buy  Bonds ….  American Legion Flags

It is often difficult for everyone to agree on anyone topic but it is safe to say there is a consensus that the COVID-19 Virus has created a challenge. However, as Legionnaires, we are not exempt from our role of supporting veterans and their respective families even in difficult times. 

We have seen local events cancelled or reformatted in a way to discourage large gatherings and personal contact. This is having a substantial impact on our ability to raise monies in support of charitable events. For example, the American Legion’s efforts to raise donations is a problem. Many are feeling the effect of the pandemic. Our annual golf tournament is a victim of this present situation and therefore, has been cancelled as well. It was a sobering conclusion once our “golf team coordinators” met with our business supporters and heard some of their stories first-hand.

It is times like these we have to rethink our strategies and look for ways to continue support of our fellow veteran families. The September American Legion Magazine ran a series of stories celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Of particular interest was an article about how the American Legion Veterans of World War I supported the effort to build up the U.S. war machine.  During that time, members stepped up to the challenge by buying bonds and encouraging their respective family and friends to do the same. 

Our American Flag is our “war bond” for this era. Therefore, I am asking each of you to buy a flag along with your friends and families. The flags are $20 of which, $5 goes directly to Post 121. For your flag, please contact: Janice Taylor, 706-897-3378 or email niquimarie@yahoo.com

In addition, Jim Yohe, public relations, will be facilitating a “think-tank” effort to address our current situation and activities. In concert with Jim’s “strategic plan”, I am reaching out to sister organizations to see best practices. Several members have voice concern about “supporting veterans” in a more noticeable manner. For example, such things as youth oratory, baseball and marksmanship teams are just some examples. We will take a hard look at this and considering partnering with other Legions.

Thank you for your personal support!!

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Walk, run, bike or ride 100 miles for veterans and children



Dear American Legion Post 121 family members and friends,

I am challenging you to join me, my wife and others in the 100 Miles for Hope event. It is a 100-mile journey in support of our nation’s veterans and children. This was created to help drive resources toward our Veterans and Children Foundation, formerly known as the American Legion Endowment Fund.  This is endorsed at the top of the American Legion and includes the Sons of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary. Each organization has made a commitment to join in this 100-mile challenge.

So, put on your walking or running shoes, get on your bikes or rev up those motorcycles for 100 miles from now through Veterans Day. For a $30 registration fee, each 100 Miles for Hope participant will receive a slick tech shirt (available in men’s, women’s and children's sizes), a sign to display and a certificate of accomplishment when they finish. Roughly 50 percent of the $30 fee will go toward V&CF after figuring in costs for the shirts, shipping, etc. You can begin your journey by going to the Legion website, www.legion.org/100miles and get started by registering at Emblem Sales.

I’ll be riding my bicycle and my wife will run//walk her mileage. I’m sure many of us will obtain some health will benefit from the challenge but the real beneficiaries are veterans and children in need who receive vital assistance from The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation.

It’s up to you how you cross that 100-mile threshold (and when you do, share your journey on our Legiontown web page). On days when you lack the motivation to put in a mile or two, just remember who we are doing this for. Join me in keeping this important foundation strong to ensure we honor our commitments to all veterans, military families and children in need. 

Thank you for all you do!
Hey, soldier ! You're out of uniform !

Name tags are now available. Look for the brown accordion folder, grab your tag, and wear it proudly at the meeting. Perhaps someone does not know your name - or you theirs.

For each of you are members of the prestigious American Legion, what you wear is a privilege granted by your individual constitutional right for which you fought. I am proud to wear the suggested clothing that distinguishes each of us, that 1% of all Americans, who sacrificed as military service members and now as American Legionnaires.  

We are fortunate to have Coosa Creek as a local vendor who has the American Legion shirts and ball caps at a very competitive price.  

- Red Shirts/Blouse with logos    men's shirt prices are approximately $21 with tax 
- Brushed Cotton Hook-and Loop Embroidery ball caps    either $13 or $16 depending on extra wording

Phone: 706-745-5535.....ask for Nancy   nancy@coosacreek.com   
Located off of Old Factory Rd and Beasley Street , ear the road to the Sheriff's Office
THERE IS SUCH A THING AS A FREE LUNCH - KINDA

on AUGUST 29th, 2020

from 9am - 3pm, come and get your free lunch, right after you load a rake, shovel, chain saw, or pruners in your car or truck and join members of all of the VSOs for a work day at the Vet Center. We'll be trimming branches, shaping up landscaping, raking, maybe a little pressure washing, removing the Cruisers sign. In return for your efforts you are invited to culinary fellowship - Sausage and peppers sandwiches, pasta salad, potato salad, and cupcakes for dessert. It'll be a fun day of fellowship - just say YES! We'll see you there!
WHO WE ARE:

  • The American Legion was founded in March 1919 in Paris, France, by U.S. World War I military personnel stationed there who were dedicated to four pillars of service and advocacy: veterans, military personnel, youth and patriotic values.
  • The American Legion today consists of 55 “departments” in each of the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia, France, Mexico, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. There are approximately 13,000 local posts worldwide.
  • Current national membership is about 2 million. Combined with the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion, membership in what is known as the American Legion Family exceeds 3 million.
  • American Legion membership eligibility has recently been expanded to include all military personnel and veterans who have served their nation on active duty.
  • The Legion has been instrumental in the creation of a number of major institutions of American society, including formation of the Department of Veterans Affairs, creation of U.S. Flag Code, passage of the GI Bill and more.

WHAT WE DO:

Every Year the American Legion Posts:

  • Donate more than 3.7 million hours of volunteer service in their communities
  • Provide assistance on more than 181,000 VA benefits claims and cases
  • Donate more than 80,000 pints of blood to collection centers nationwide, which makes the Legion the nation’s single largest blood donor
  • Awards more than 8,000 medals to Junior ROTC students
  • Sponsors more than 2,500 Scouting units serving more than 64,000 young people
  • Awards more than $4 million in college scholarships The American Legion is marking its 100th anniversary with a 15-month celebration running from the national convention in August 2018 through Veterans Day 2019.
Sr. Vice commander's Note - Jim Reed

*** RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY ***
*** TALK TO FELLOW VETERANS AND ASK THEM TO JOIN POST 121!!!

The USA Military is decreasing in numbers of active personal. In 2010 the Armed Forces numbered approximately 1.458M active personal, in 2018 that approximate number was 1.304M. That is a decrease of 154K active personal in 8 years! I understand the military has become more efficient and sophisticated however that is still a large number.
As of January 31, 2020, only 0.4 percent of the American population is active military personnel that is protecting our country… Only 7.3% of our population has ever served in the military.
What is the “so what” … Our numbers as veterans are decreasing, which means we have less people campaigning / championing for the causes of our veterans. We need to recruit as many veterans as we can, so we have a powerful number of veterans to lobby and represent our causes in Washington D. C, VA Hospital, State of GA and even local!  
I know people say, “I don’t have time for the Legion activities and or meetings. I simply say, I understand, but will you at least join so we have funding at the National Level as well as your local level”? Ask your fellow veterans to join our Legion, it is their only voice and they deserve to be heard!
Please go on line to renew your membership: ( This is so simple)
Click on renew
Enter your membership number in Legion ID box – Enter you name
Press continue
Follow the instructions, make sure your information is correct, make corrections as needed.  
 
Together, we make a difference
The American Legion provides life-changing assistance and guidance for veterans, military personnel, their families, and communities in thousands of ways every day around the world. Help comes in the form of personal assistance, cash grants, donated goods, disaster relief, labor, networking, volunteerism, and advocacy.
Free Subscription to The American Legion Magazine
Our nation's leaders speak directly to citizens on the pages of The American Legion Magazine. The American Legion's organizational goals are promoted using the words of talented writers, professional journalists, and world leaders.
Benefits Assistance
The American Legion offers expert advice, support and representation for veterans and families seeking government benefits they are eligible to receive at the federal, state, and local levels.

Career Assistance
Hundreds of job fairs and career events every year, all across the map, are coordinated, sponsored, promoted or produced by The American Legion. American Legion business workshops also help veterans and their families pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.

Comfort for the Recovering
Operation Comfort Warriors helps active-duty military personnel and newly discharged veterans recover and adjust to lifestyle changes.

Education Assistance
The American Legion conducts student-veteran round-tables, networks with Student Veterans of America as well as college campuses, and works with agencies to better apply military experience toward professional and vocational licenses and certification credits.

Family and Community Support
Cash grants and volunteer aid are among the ways The American Legion reaches out to families of military service-members and veterans during times of financial difficulty, short handedness at home or natural disaster.

Financial Services
The American Legion and USAA, two organizations driven by the same values for nearly a century, are allied through a “preferred provider” relationship that connects Legionnaires with the best advice and service in banking, insurance and personal finance.

Homeless Veteran Outreach
The American Legion offers hundreds of opportunities for homeless veterans across the country, including temporary housing, mentoring and job training.

Honor and Remembrance
American Legion honor guards provide official services at thousands of veteran funerals around the world each year. The Legion is also a leader at every level in the establishment and maintenance of memorials and monuments that honor military sacrifice.

Member Discounts
The American Legion offers members and their families practical, money-saving discounts that can easily save many times the cost of annual membership dues.

Advocacy in Washington
The American Legion is the nation's most influential, effective and dependable advocate of veteran affairs fighting for better active-duty pay, improved housing for active-duty families and helping to ensure that the VA's medical system can properly care for veterans.

Volunteer Opportunities
The American Legion offers volunteer opportunities that fulfill needs in local communities throughout the country and beyond. The Legion and the Sons of The American Legion provide millions of hours of free community service, assistance at VA medical facilities and help at military installations each year.
Jr. Vice Commander's Note - Dick Cataldo

Part Seven - Please read below
2nd Jr. Vice commander's Notes - Ryan Rogers

No SEPT submissions
Finance Officer's Notes - Ron Tanner (Temporary)

No SEPT submissions
Judge Advocate/Adjutant Notes - Roy Bateman

IRA WEAVER AMERICAN LEGION
MONTHLY MINUTES POST 121
AUGUST 18, 2020

Commander Wickersham opened the meeting at 18:30 hours.
Advancement of the colors by the Sgt of Arms and Vice-Commander.
Chaplain: Sr. Vice Commander Jim Reed led in prayer.
POW/MIA flag displayed.
Pledge of Allegiance and reciting of the Preamble of the American Legion with a video called “Old Glory”.
Commander declared the meeting convened. A Quorum was present to conduct business.
Introduction of members and guests.
Guests Speaker: A grieving mother, Manetta Tucker, presented an emotional plea for Suicide Prevention. Her story was about her Veteran son who took his own life.
Susan Berra – presented her project of making masks and her distribution to Veteran groups.
COMMITTEE REPORTS:
·       Sr. Vice Commander Jim Reed: Uniform Badges are available and all events have been canceled for this year because of the virus. Pick up luncheon only at the center on November 11th.
·       Vice Commander Cataldo: Golf Tournament has been canceled. We have flags for sale at $20.00 with a decal placed of each old flag receptacle.
·       Adjutant Bateman: Reported 102 paid members to date.
·       Finance Officer Tanner: See report attached. Gave a report on Wreaths Across America. Wreaths can be purchased online.
·       Post Service Officer Spaulding: Reported he would be retiring on August 31, 2020.
·       Assistant would probably be appointed as a replacement.
·       Chaplain Gatlin: Continuing to stay in contact with veterans in the local nursing homes.
·       Riders and SAL: No Report
·       Public Relations Yohe: Membership Flyers and News Articles.
Historian Payne: He is resigning immediately. Someone is needed to step up for this  position.
New Business: American Legion Shirts and Hat available for purchase from Coosa.
Closing Ceremony: retiring of the colors. Sr. Vice Commander led in a closing prayer.
There being no further business to come before the Post the meeting was adjourned at 19:45 PM.

Roy Bateman
Adjutant/Advocate
Chaplain's Corner - Janice Walters (Auxiliary)

James 1:22-25 - King James Version

I often think of this Bible verse when it comes to my volunteer position. I am a member of church, Girl Scouts, and American Legion. In all of those instances I am called to do more than just be a member, lest I am deceiving myself in my effectiveness as a member. We are called to action, through scripture, and through the tenets of membership.

22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

Please consider your membership an obligation to service - and say YES !
Post Services Officer's Notes

Robert Spaulding - Outgoing

Service Office Report for Aug 2020

Walgreens is not participating with the VA in our region this year for flu vaccines so please make patients aware of this. (Walgreens is participating for the west coast but not with Region 3), which is ours. Participating pharmacies are listed below. All Enrolled Veterans do not have to pay for the vaccine at these pharmacies (key word here is enrolled). 
 
 Participating Pharmacies Starting Sep 1st
CVS, Kroger, Costco, Wegmans, Safeway, Walmart

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Eddie Fontaine - Incoming

Good Morning All,

I would like to introduce myself this morning. I am Eddie Fontaine and will be the new Office Manager for the Georgia Department of Veterans Service located in the VA CBOC in Blairsville, GA. Bob Spaulding will be retiring at the end of this month after many years of support to our Veterans and their family members within our local community.

In an attempt to better serve our local veterans during these trying times, I have put together these attached documents (links below) that include several ways to approach VA related issues. The documents may be saved to your computer desktop for future reference on where to go to get VA related informatio. I pulled this together from various places and condensed the VA Introduction document down to two pages in hopes that veterans and their family members find it useful. Please feel free to share these attachments accordingly. I understand that everyone does not feel comfortable with computers and searching for things on their own and have provided options if this includes you, I will help to get you what you need using email and other means as needed. If you need help contact me and I will gladly assist you with forms and advice needed to make your dealings with the VA less painful.

The VA CBOC in Blairsville is still not open to face to face visit or walk-ins and only veterans with prearranged appointments for specific needs are being let into the building by appointment only. The best way to contact me is via email, always provide your complete formal name and last 4 of your SSN, return contact information when emailing me and a short brief on how I can assist you.

Once the building is back open, the Georgia Department of Veterans Service will then start seeing people again by appointment only, allowing only one person in the office at a time. In addition, everyone will be asked to wear a mask when entering the building until we are told otherwise.

Take Care All and look forward to working with you in the future.

Eddie Fontaine, VSO
GDVS, Blairsville

alternate email: eddie.fontaine@va.gov

706-745-6341

Here are the links to the documents referenced above. Keep them handy.


Public Relations Officer's Notes - Jim and Judy Yohe
Blairsville American Legion Ira Weaver Post 121 heard Mannetta Tucker talk about the suicide of her 32-year-old son SSgt. Alexander Lawson following an Army career with several decorations. His mother, Mannetta Tucker, tearfully acknowledged the many awards and medals her 32-year-old son received during his U.S. Army career as a sniper. She had talked with him just an hour before the tragedy, without any inclination of what was about to happen. Ms. Tucker challenged veterans to be more aware of the need for older service members to help our current wartime veterans deal with the many terrible scars left by these wars. She is working with the Post 121 Auxiliary to help provide more information on how to help others in need, especially with Suicide Prevention Month being September.

The meeting also covered various events and activities that are being cancelled or awaiting further information. The annual golf tournament at the Old Union Golf Course has been cancelled. Fund-raising efforts to support the annual scholarship program are being postponed until circumstances become more normalized. Veterans’ appreciation events for November are being discussed in light of the health issues being faced. The American Legion Auxiliary joined with the post for Ms. Tucker before holding its own meeting. The Auxiliary continues to organize and plan activities during the challenging events occurring nationally.

All members are encouraged to attend the American Legion and The AL Auxiliary monthly meetings the third Tuesday beginning at 6:30 pm. SAL & ALR meetings are the second Thursday at 6 pm. All are held in the Major Leon Davenport Veteran's Center at 78 Blue Ridge St.

The American Legion is the largest and one of the oldest and most inclusive of all veterans’ organizations worldwide and devotes itself to mutual helpfulness, mentoring youth, advocating patriotic honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to fellow service members and veterans. For more information contact the Post at ALPOST 121@gmail.com. The website is LEGIONPOST121.org.
Selfless service by a U.S. Air Force veteran, Susan Berra, at the start of the pandemic, recognized many people and especially veterans could not afford or even find face masks. To date she has created more than 2,000 masks and continues her efforts. She was presented a certificate of appreciation for her unselfish efforts.
Post Commander Dan Wickersham presents outgoing Post Treasurer Ron Tanner with an appreciation plaque for his service.
Historian's Notes - Jack Payne resigned. Position open and available.

No SEPT submissions
Event Coordinator's Notes - JW Preston

Please see insert on Wreaths Across America.

Our Next scheduled event is the Veteran’s Cruise-in at the Farmer’s Market on November 7. We are looking for members who would like to meet a lot of friendly people and spread the word about The American Legion families while taking turns at the American Legion booth. You can let us know if you can spare the time by sending an email to: alpost121@gmail.com, with “Cruise-in” the subject line.
Flag Program Chairman's Notes - Don Sullivan
All things taken into perspective, our 2nd Vice had a good report for flag sales, of course we need to have more. Maybe if we had more exposure in the newspaper we may have more inquiries. With our events being cancelled this year it's hard to get the funds we need to give back to our community, the scholarship program being one of the largest that will go unfunded. Perhaps some of our members who want to help, could perhaps donate to that, only if it were just a third of what we have given to scholarship fund in the past. Hope all are doing well and my best to all.

Don

New flags are for sale for $20.00.
Wreath Sponsorship
Ira Weaver Post 121 - American Legion (GA0206P) |150218|
What does it mean to sponsor a wreath? It means you’ll honor an American hero at (The Georgia National Cemetery, Canton GA). Wreaths Across America Day is a day that’s been set aside to lay wreaths at the places where we remember, honor and teach about our veterans: cemeteries, monuments, parks… Anywhere we can pay tribute to their sacrifices.

We can’t do that without your support, though. Your sponsorship will ensure that a wreath is hand-crafted of all-American balsam and hand-tied with a red velvet bow here in Columbia Falls, Maine. It will then be sent to one of our participating locations, where a volunteer will place it on the marker of a fallen hero. That volunteer will then “say their name” to ensure that the legacy of duty, service and sacrifice of that veteran is never forgotten.

So, what does it mean to sponsor a wreath? It means you have the opportunity to join a grateful nation in saying “thank you” to our veterans. Number of Wreaths to Sponsor:
 1 Wreath Individual Sponsorship ($15)
 2 Wreaths ($30.00)
 5 Wreaths ($75.00) *Most Popular
 10 Wreaths ($150

Google: Ira Weaver Post 121 - American Legion (GA0206P) for more information and to donate. You can also send a check to Ira Weaver Post 121, P O Box 247 Blairsville, GA 30514. Thank you for your support
MISSING IN AMERICA PROJECT (MIAP)

In its ten-year history, the Missing in America Project volunteers have visited over 2,000 funeral homes, locating over 15,000 unclaimed cremated remains of which nearly 3,500 were Veterans and eligible dependents.

Without these hard-working volunteers, the Veterans cremains would languish on shelves in funeral homes and crematoriums for who knows how long. For more information, please check the Website: MIAP.US

Missing In America Project
The purpose of the MIA Project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations. To provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.

The Missing in America Veterans Recovery Program (MIAP) (EIN: 20-8408832) is a Federal recognized Non-Profit Veterans Organization for the identification, location, verification, and movement of Veterans and their Dependents.
This is the SEVENTH in a 10 part series on interpretation of the Preamble.
The Series will appear here as part of the POST 121 Centennial Celebration.

The American Legion has a main Mission Statement called the American Legion Constitution. The Preamble to that Constitution is what we recite before every meeting to remind us that the family of U.S. Military Veterans and Service Members have always supported and defended the United States Constitution. September, 1942 is the one and only time The American Legion preamble has been altered since 1919. The word “War” was changed to “Wars”. This was donein recognition that the First World War was not the only time our freedom would be threatened
and need to be defended. The Preamble has an Introduction followed by 10 Patriotic Statements.

THE AMERICAN LEGION PREAMBLE: FOR GOD AND COUNTRY WE ASSOCIATE OURSELVES TOGETHER FOR THE FOLLOWING PURPOSES:
1.To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America;
2.To maintain law and order;
3.To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism;
4.To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars;
5.To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation;
6.To combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses;
7.To make right the master of might;
8.To promote peace and goodwill on earth;
9.To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy;
10.To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.

Statement No. 7
 
COMBAT THE AUTOCRACY OF CLASSES AND MASSES...This clause places the Legionnaire on the side of right in opposing autocracy by either class or mass when this threatens. In a democracy such as ours, composed as it is of all nationalities, races, creeds and economic groups, there are bound to both classes and masses. Indeed, the masses are composed of classes - but all groups within the mass must feel assured that in this nation, reason and fairness will prevail in all human activities and relations. There must be no hyphenated Americans - just Americans all.
 
The American Legion Preamble has been the beacon light of The American Legion for more than 90 years. It has been amended only once in all that time. That amendment consisted of adding the letter "S" to the word "war." It makes the Preamble read today "Great Wars," so as to embrace all wars.
 
Part 8 coming next month.
American Legion Auxiliary

The November 11th Veteran's day dinner is still on, and it will be a take out meal delivered from the Veterans' Center Building from 4-7 pm. The menu is Baked Italian Casserole, Salad, Green Beans, and Cupcakes. There will be limited seating to eat in if desired. Please use the coupon below to exchange for your free meal.

AND . . .

REACHING OUT TO VETERANS WHO NEED A HELPING HAND

The ladies of the Auxiliary have been discussing how underutilized the Vet Center is. We are looking at expanding hours of operation to open the center to veterans who would like to, or need to, have some fellowship, a mentor, a bite of lunch, a massage, a haircut, destress with yoga, etc. If you have a skill that you would consider donating a couple of hours a week/month, or would just like to sit and chew the fat, please contact any member of the auxiliary to get put on our contact list so we may incorporate you into the service schedule. We are referred to Item # 10 in the preamble to the constitution of the American Legion Constitution "To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by our devotion to mutual helpfulness" Join us - Say YES!
American Legion Riders
September 5th ride, fund raiser for post 82 Ellijay KSU 10:45 meet at Post 121 Blairsville. 
Sons of the American Legion
If you know of someone who is qualified, ask them if want to be part of the American Legion family.

Eligibility Requirements
All male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of The American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who died in service during World War I or since December 7, 1941, during the delimiting periods set forth in Article IV, Section 1, of the National Constitution of The American Legion or who died subsequent to their honorable discharge from such service, shall be eligible for membership in the Sons of The American Legion. There shall be no form or class of membership except an active membership. 

For a membership application, send an email to: alpost121@gmail.com, with SAL App in the subject line - or come on third Tuesday night to the Vet Center and ask for JW Preston.
North Georgia Honor Guard

Volunteers Needed - Please contact
Bill Stodgill, Cdr, Western Division -
678-507-8598

Wayne Roshaven, Cdr, Eastern Division -
706-400-9095

ON THE LIGHTER SIDE

As a group of soldiers stood in formation at an Army Base, the Drill Sergeant said, “All right! All you idiots fall out.”

As the rest of the squad wandered away, one soldier remained at attention. The Drill Instructor walked over until he was eye-to-eye with him. The soldier smiled and said, “Sure were a lot of ’em, huh, sir?”

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Q: What do you call a soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray?
A: A seasoned veteran.

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A soldier runs up a hill and around a corner before slamming into an officer.
“Where do you think you’re going, son?”
“Sorry, Captain! It’s crazy out there and the firefight was so heavy. I got scare and tried to go AWOL.”
“Who you calling “Captain?” I’m a general!”
“Wow!” exclaimed the soldier. “I didn’t realized I’d run that far back.”
CALENDAR for SEPTEMBER

Please put applicable items on your calendar NOW to prevent conflicts in participation

Remember, meetings, for the time being,
are now MASK POSITIVE

September 1, 1939  Hitler invaded Poland; thus began World War II in Europe
September 2 - VJ (Victory over Japan) Day
September 3, 1783  Treaty of Paris signed that ended the American Revolutionary War
September 7 – Labor Day
September 9, 1776  The U.S.A. came into existence as the Continental Congress changed the name of the new American nation from the United Colonies to the United States.
September 9 - ALA Leadership Meeting - Vet Center 10:00 am
September 10 - SAL and ALR Meeting 6:00 pm
September 11 – Patriot Day
September 11 – Navy Seabees At Vet Center 2:00 pm
September 12, 1990  Treaty was signed to reunite East and West Germany
September 15 - AL and ALA Meeting - Vet Center 6:30 pm
September 18 – Air Force Birthday
September 18 – POW/MIA Recognition Day
September 21 - VSO Branch Commander's - Vet Center - 9:00 am
September 23  Autumn begins in Northern Hemisphere
September 27 – Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day

Name, Position

Dan Wickersham, Cdr
Mike Ayers, Past Cdr
Jim Reed, Sr Vice Cdr
Dick Cataldo, Jr Vice Cdr
Ryan Rogers, 2nd Jr Vice Cdr
Ron Tanner, Temp Finance Ofcr
Roy Bateman, Judge Advocate
Phil Gatlin, Temp Chaplain
Robert Spaulding, Post Svc Ofcr
Eddie Fontaine, Incoming Post Service Officer
Jim & Judy Yohe, Public Relations
Jack Payne, Historian
JW Preston, Event Coordinator
Roger Harkins, Sgt at Arms
Don Sullivan, Flag Program Chair
Riders - The Schells
Janice Walters-Taylor - Newsletter
Email

mfjlake1@bellsouth.net
dick.cataldo@gmail.com
rogersr142@gmail.com
rpt.tanner@gmail.com
serenety216@gmail.com
nasa428@windstream.net
rspaulding@vs.state.ga.us
eddie.fontaine@vs.state.ga.us

yohejamesa@gmail.com
jpayne@jpmedicalsales.com
jwardpreston@gmail.com
butterbean052@windstream.net
dpslks@aol.com
karenschell88@gmail.com
niquimarie@yahoo.com
Phone








678-232-1771
706-745-6341
706-745-6341




706-897-2447


706-745-1854
Pray for our brothers and sisters

D Nave fell last week and has one or two broken ribs and a broken bone in left foot. Needs to try and stay off my feet as much as possible.

Rob Taylor, husband of Aux Prez/Chaplain, Janice Walters-Taylor is undergoing chemo treatments for leukemia.
VETERANS
DINNER
DRIVE-THRU
Redeem this coupon for your free Italian dinner, in honor of our nation's veterans, on Wednesday, Nov 11, 2020 from 4-7 pm,

The event will be held at the Veterans Center at the corner of 515 and Old Blue Ridge Hwy, (the old Chamber of Commerce Bldg)

Info - call Janice - 706.745.1854
We thank these businesses for their support of The American Legion Post 121

For Advertising and Sponsorship Information please contact
alpost121@gmail.com
US Vets Thrift Store
2810 Hwy 64 W
Murphy NC
828-516-1554

Old Union Golf Course
78 Scores Point
Blairsville GA 30512
706-745-4653

Alexander's Store
4482 Town Creek School Road
Blairsville GA 30512