October / November News

Updated: Sep 24, 2018

We still need “butt in the seats” (as alluded to in my August/September newsletter) both at meetings and in the lounge. As stated our quota is only 22 out 650+ veteran members to conduct the business of the Post. We have picked up a couple of guys but we still need you. I am sure you can give 60 minutes of your time to help us to help you by giving us your ideas on how we can make our Post better. I think we have a great Post but there is always room for improvement. What does it take to get you involved? The lounge needs your support to help pay expenses plus we have the best bartenders, cheapest prices, atmosphere and entertainment.

New member packets & Legion pins will be presented at our October and November general meetings to those that haven’t received them in the past 6 months. This is your invitation to attend and receive.

Please notify us by e-mail at djohnstonpost283@gmail.com if you have access to a computer and e-mail so we can delete you from hard copy mailings as they are very expensive. The newsletter is available on our website at alpost283.org or https://dj283legion.wixsite.com/alpost283

October Days to remember: October 7, 2001 - Operation Enduring Freedom (and its successor) in Afghanistan. October 13, 1775 - “Anchors Aweigh” U.S. Navy established - Happy Birthday to all you swabbies! October 26, 2018 - Last Honor Guard Steak Dinner of the year. And support the Ladies Auxiliary in their collection of items for the October Stand Down for homeless veterans.

There are two very important days in November. November 6, is Election Day and November 11, is Veteran’s Day. While the American Legion can’t endorse candidates, think, is our military better off, are we better off since the last election? Veterans Day we celebrate the end of WWI in 1918 on the 11th month, the 11th day at the 11th hour when it was called “Armistice Day”. In 1954 President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. A day observed in the United States to honor all Veterans living or dead who served in the US Armed Forces in times of war and in peace. On that day your Honor Guard, and any member that wants to join us to visit local assisted living and nursing homes to talk with and listen to veterans staying in those facilities. We try to take a small gift to show our appreciation for them. The veterans in those facilities look forward to our visit every year. Some want to tell their story, others just want to hear our thanks and shed their tears.

Fewer than 10% of Americans can claim the title “Veteran”. Be proud you are a veteran and you served your country whether in war or in peace. Be proud that you had something to do with preserving our freedom and way of life. Be proud of your service and don’t be afraid to say it and to show it.

Other November dates to remember: November 10, 1775 - Semper Fi - US Marine Corps established - Happy Birthday Marines! - November 13, 1982 - Vietnam Veterans Memorial dedicated. November 22 - Thanksgiving Day - Give thanks to our God, our country and our families.

We have the following items for sale that benefit your Post activities and memorials: Bracelets $5.00 - T-shirts $15.00 - Hats $15.00 - Polo Shirts $35.00 and Bricks for our memorial $30.00.

Reminder! Your 2019 membership dues of $35.00 must be paid by Veterans Day.

For God and Country

Commander Dave