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

Program

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.



August 2014 Meeting Notice

Post 229 will meet on 14 August at 1900 at the Madison Senior Center on Hughes Road.


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Call to Order

Approval of Previous Minutes (Click here for previous minutes)

Reports
  • Adjutant 
  • Finance
  • Other Committees 
  • State of the District/ County Report
Unfinished Business
  • Presentation by SAL Area 1 Commander Don Smith
  • Legion Riders
  • Fund Raiser
    • Madison Street Festival
    • Memorial Building Funds
New Business
  • Open to the floor 
For the Good of The Legion

Adjournment

July 2014 Meeting Minutes (Draft)

The meeting was held on 10 July 2014 1900 at the Madison Senior Center.

Call to Order
Approval of Previous MinutesAdjutant Pruett read the previous minutes. Motion to accept as read was made by Past Commander Dow and 2ND by Judge Advocate Ventura. Passed by unanimous acclamation.

Reports
  • Adjutant-
    Adjutant Pruett reported that the post ended the 2014 year with 173 paid members and 12 that had now paid for 2014. Total membership at end of 2014year was 185. Adjutant Pruett recognized District Vice Commander Blevins, Legionnaire Frakes, and Legionnaire Sandra Bush for volunteering to work the Madison Independence Day celebration, where total recruits were 4 paid and 4 with applications submitted but pending payment. There were no questions, and the Adjutant Report was deemed accepted by Commander Woods.
  • Finance -
    Finance Officer Haugen provided the financial report. Copies were available for Legionnaires present. Legionnaire Haugen also mentioned that the Post can order Legion service caps at cost and that the Post will absorb the shipping costs. Orders will be placed when a large enough order to justify the shipping is queued up. There were no questions, and the Adjutant Report was deemed accepted by Commander Woods.
  • District Report-
    District Vice Commander Blevins announced that the district will soon be conducting training for post officers to ensure that all post are in compliance with the Four Pillars of the American Legion.
  • County Report-
    Commander Bush advised that future Oratorical contests and Boy State sponsorship will be jointly accomplished at the Madison County level, with all posts working together to allow greater attendance. Commander Bush strongly encourages every post to maintain a post yearbook, and attendance at the district meetings. Commander Bush also reported that each post should have a Field Service Officer to assist veterans, and work closely with the Department Service Officer.
Unfinished Business
  • NAVFOC
    Past Commander Bridges reported that the NAVOC Board of Directors has rejected Post 229’s suggestion that the by-laws be rewritten to require that NAVOC officers be current members of an affiliate organization. Commander Woods advised Past Commander Dow, as Post 229 delegate, to vote against the by-laws at the next NAVOC meeting.
New Business
  • Guest Speaker-
    Robert Davenport with Hospice Family Care explained the We Honor Our Veterans program. Mr. Davenport explained that the program provides volunteer veterans to visit hospice patients that are veterans, and that the visit seem to be very helpful to the patient based on similar military experience. Mr. Davenport also encouraged post members to consider acting as a volunteer to visit veteran hospice patients.
  • Goals for 2015-
    • Madison Street Festival is first weekend of October. Legionnaire van Leeuwen has contacted a local restaurant, and arranged discounted pricing for food that Post 229 can resell at the Street Festival. The Post will set tents inside the hedges of Veterans Memorial Part for food sales, one canopy at the entrance for Post information and recruitment, and share tables and seating with the Madison Optimists club. The Executive Committee will discuss preparations and report to the Post at a later meeting.
    • Commander Woods expressed desires for Post 229 to continue conducting ceremonies for Veterans Day and Memorial Day with non-officer Legionnaires taking greater roles in planning and participation. 
    • Military Appreciation Day will be observed at the upcoming Bob Jones vs. James Clemons football game, and Legionnaires are encouraged to attend to represent Post 229.
  • District Vice Commander Blevins made the motion to establish a Post Color Guard and purchase two light-weight, non-firing parade rifles for use in parades and at ceremonies. Motion was 2nd Commander Dow, and passed by show of hands vote.
  • Executive Committee Member Dumont made the motion to establish an American Legion Riders chapter at Post 229. The motion was 2nd by District Vice Commander Blevins. Discussion determined that additional information needs to be gathers, and presented to the Post at a later meeting. The motion was tabled, pending gathering additional information.
For the Good of the Legion
The Post welcomed new and prospective members.

The meeting was adjourned by Commander Woods at 2017 Hrs.