PO Box 194, Madison, AL 35758 | PH: 256.258.8534 | Email: Admin@AmericanLegionPost229.org

Regular Post meetings occur on the second Thursday of each month at 1900 at the Madison Center Center.

September 2014 Meeting Notice

Post 229 will meet on 11 September at 1900 at the Madison Senior Center on Hughes Road.

Call to Order

Approval of Previous Minutes

  • Adjutant 
  • Finance
  • Other Committees 
  • State of the District/ County Report
Unfinished Business

New Business
  • Open to the floor 
For the Good of The Legion


August 2014 Meeting Minutes (Draft)

The meeting was held on 14 August 2014 1900 at the Madison Senior Center.

Call to Order
Approval of Previous Minutes Past commander Blevins motioned that July meeting minutes be accepted as posted on Post 229 web site. Seconded by Adjutant Pruett, and unanimously accepted by all Legionnaires present.

  • Adjutant
    Adjutant Pruett reported that the Department of Alabama now shows Post 229 at 49.6% renewed, with several renewals pending submittal. Total post roster shows 198 members paid for 2014 or 2015. MyLegion.org roster shows 10 expired members, not with last year paid being 2013. There were no questions, and the Adjutant Report was deemed accepted by Commander Woods.
  • Finance
    Finance Officer Haugen was out of town, and there was no finance report made.
  • District Report
    District Vice Commander Blevins reported on a recent meeting of all post commanders within District 12. All posts are encouraged to ensure that they are following the Four Pillars of the American Legion. There are approximately 39,000 veterans in Alabama, and the goal is to have 19,000 as members of the American Legion. Vice commander Blevins encouraged all officers to log onto the American Legion Extension Institute and take courses in their positions. All post need to ensure a representative at the district meetings.
  • County Report
    Commander Bush is active duty Army, and was TDY, and there was no county report made.
    Past Commander Blevins reported that the NAVOC by-laws had passed as written. Commander Woods reminded the post that we are to host the September meeting and asked for authority to spend up to $75.00 for supplies and refreshments. Motion to authorize the funds was made by Past commander Blevins and seconded by Legionnaire Leech, and unanimously accepted by all legionnaires present.
  • Trail of Tears
    Commander Woods reported that he and Adjutant Pruett had attended a meeting of the Alabama-Tennessee Trail of Tears Corridor Association, about the possibility of selling tee shirts at the Rocket Harley Davidson rest stop. The association has already entered discussions with a Native American group to sell shirts, and Post 229 withdrew from the discussion.
Unfinished Business
  • American Legion Riders
    Legionnaire van Leeuewn made the motion to support establishing a chapter of the American Legion Riders at Post 229. Motion was seconded by Adjutant Pruett, and unanimously accepted by all legionnaires present. 
  • Madison Street Festival
    Legionnaire van Leeuewen reported on discussion with Po Boy Factory cost estimates for gumbo, red beans & sausage, and jambalaya to sell, and profit margins for each. Discussion agreed to limit the food sales to gumbo and red beans & sausage. Po Boy Factory is donating the rice to the Post. Legionnaire van Leeuewen is also meeting the Madison Optimists Club to finalize plans for lay-out of shared area in the Memorial Park.
  • Veterans Day
    Commander Woods advised that the Veterans Memorial is beyond repair, and will need to be entirely replaced. Past commander Blevins suggested meeting with the Madison City Council for possibly joint mission to replace the monument. 
New Business
  • Guest Speaker - SAL Area 1 Vice Commander Donald Smith
    Commander Smith spoke to Post 229 on the requirements for starting up a SAL Squadron. Past Commander Blevins is the SAL Committee Chair and will be sending a separate email to gauge interest in forming a Madison SAL Squadron. For more information on the SAL, please visit http://www.salalabama.org/index.html.
  • JROTC Donations
    Commander Woods reminded the post of out history of supporting JROTC at all three area high schools, and asked if we wish to continue donating $250.00 to each JROTC program. Legionnaire Turbiner made the motion that we donate $250.00 to each JROTC program. Motion was seconded by Judge Advocate Ventura, and passed by unanimous acclamation.
  •  Presidential Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)
    Past Commander Blevins reported that these are a program that allows people to log volunteer hours through a recognized service organization, including the American Legion. Various awards and certificates are presented based on the number of certified volunteer hours, but the certifying organization must enroll in the program. Judge Advocate Venture made the motion for Post 229 to enroll and support the PVSA program. Motion was seconded by Legionnaire Turbiner, and unanimously accepted by all legionnaires present. 
  • Service Officer
    Commander Woods advised that the Department of Alabama will have a Service Officer at our September meeting, and asked that we inform any veterans with issues the opportunity. Membership in the American Legion is not a requirement to speak with the Service Officer. 

For the Good of the Legion 
The Post welcomed new and prospective members.

The meeting was adjourned by Commander Woods at 2015 Hrs.

Madison County Legionnaires Walk for Veterans' Causes

For Immediate Release: 6 August 2014

Huntsville, AL: American Legionnaires from across Madison County came together for the National Night Out Veterans Walk to show their support for Veterans' causes. Participants conversed as they walked several laps on the old runway behind the Huntsville Jaycees building.

District Vice Commander Jeremy Blevins said "We really appreciate the Huntsville Police Department and the Huntsville Community Watch Association for dedicating the walk after the National Night Out event this year to Veterans' causes. While the issues with the VA Health System have received much attention this year, we also must keep in mind the ongoing efforts to treat PTSD and TBI, reduce service-related suicides, and end Veteran homelessness. One of the original concepts in the American Legion almost 100 years ago was to give all Veterans and service members a hand up, not a hand out. We hope that our walk here tonight will help remind all of us of the sacrifices that our service members have made for all of us, and the debt that we owe them for our freedom."

About The American Legion: The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

Legionnaires Carlos Woods, Lester Barnard, and Robert Douglas

2014 Prisoner of War and Missing In Action Recognition Day Ceremony

Our friends with Rolling Thunder is sponsoring a POW/MIA Recognition Day program 11:00 AM on September 20th at the State Capitol. For more information, please contact Ernie Marone, cob@rollingthunder-al-chap2.org.


10:30 – Honor Ride Departs Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, AL
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. - Prelude Music, Capitol Sounds Band

  • Welcome, Jim Jeffries, The American Legion, Master of Ceremonies
  • Invocation, Major Travis C. Yelton, Chaplain, USAF, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell Air Force Base
  • Iwo Jima Flag Raising Reenactment, Marine Corps League
  • Presentation of Colors, Sons of the American Revolution
  • National Anthem, Capitol Sounds Concert Band
  • Introduction of Special Guests, Don Westwood, Rolling Thunder, Inc., Alabama Chapter 1, President
  • Presentation of POW/MIA Recognition Day Proclamation, Governor Robert Bentley (Pending)
  • Guest Speaker, Military Dignitary (Pending)
  • Keynote Speaker, Seymour “Sy” Lichtenfeld, Former WWII Prisoner of War
  • Special Presentation to POW Families of Rear Admiral Jerimiah Denton and Colonel Ray Bean
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic, Lela Brown
  • Raising of the POW/MIA Flag, Marine Corps League
  • Service Songs Medley, Capitol Sounds Concert Band
  • MIA Remembrance Table, Vietnam Vets/Legacy Vets MC
  • Presentation of Roses to POW/MIA and Gold Star Families, Girl Scouts of America
  • Laying of Wreath, Seymour Lichtenfeld
  • Taps, State Representative Randy Davis

Lets do our part to support this event.

Local Legionnaires Comment on Armed Forces Week

At the August 3rd meeting of the 12th District, The American Legion Department of Alabama, Travis Leder, a WAAY TV reporter, interviewed Past Department Commander George Krigbaum, 12th District Commander Pat Volonino, and 12th District Vice Commander Jeremy Blevins, on what Armed Forces Week meant to them. Their responses were included in a segment that aired that evening.
Many veterans feel Armed Forces Week is a great opportunity to not only honor soldiers, but also to keep their sacrifice in the minds of Americans year round. Veteran George Krigbaum says, "The veterans should always be out in front as far as in people's thoughts."
Krigbaum and others are happy to see what's happening this week throughout the Tennessee Valley.
Veteran Jeremy Blevins says, "I think its wonderful to see the City of Huntsville and the Tennessee Valley in general do for the veterans community and its active duty service members."
Blevins does say while many attractions use this week to provide retired and active duty military free admission, that's now [sic] [recte not] what they look forward to when they choose to risk their lives for their country.
"Veterans are never asking for a handout, we always, we'd like to be recognized for our service to our country, but we didn't serve our country to be recognized." (Source:  WAAY TV)
During the raw interview session, Comrade Blevins also referenced that since its inception in 1919, The American Legion has always championed the idea of a "Hand up, not a hand out": when a fellow veteran or active service member needs assistance, we are there to help.

Thanks to Mr. Leder for taking time to interview our fellow Legionnaires.
Below is a list of activities should you have opportunity to participate.