Giv­ing back dur­ing hol­i­day week

♦ Cedar­town Amer­i­can Le­gion vis­its lo­cal nurs­ing homes with wa­ter­melon, re­tires flags for In­de­pen­dence Day

The Standard Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Con­trib­uted re­port

The Amer­i­can Le­gion is cel­e­brat­ing its 99th birth­day this year and Amer­ica has en­joyed free­dom from Eng­land for 242 years.

Post 86 of The Amer­i­can Le­gion con­cluded that the best way to cel­e­brate its or­ga­ni­za­tion’s birth­day and honor the free­doms we all hold dear.

On the hill of The Amer­i­can Le­gion Brewster-Cleve­land Post 86 in Cedar­town, is a small brigade of vol­un­teers qui­etly count­ing plates, forks, nap­kins, and table­cloths.

The Ex­ec­u­tive Board and The Ladies Aux­il­iary at Post 86 planned a huge sur­prise for ev­ery res­i­dent and ev­ery staff mem­ber at each nurs­ing home, as­sisted liv­ing home, the Se­nior and Kalei­do­scope for the 4th of July Cel­e­bra­tion Week at the Post.

Prepa­ra­tion for the event ac­tu­ally started a cou­ple of months ago. The Post first had to raise enough money to bring the project to life. The Ladies Aux­il­iary per­son­al­ized flags for each guest, and helped serve wa­ter­melon to the res­i­dents and staff.

“The new Ex­ec­u­tive Board will be sworn into of­fice at the July meet­ing. We want to get back to the ba­sics. We are a part of this com­mu­nity. We are a char­ity or­ga­ni­za­tion that was born to help Veter­ans and their fam­i­lies,” said Com­man­der Tim Hayes. Com­man­der Hayes is the cur­rent Act­ing Com­man­der, and he will be sworn in as the Post’s Com­man­der this Thurs­day. “Our project for the week of the 4th was de­liv­er­ing wa­ter­mel­ons to all the nurs­ing homes, as­sisted liv­ing homes in Polk County, the Se­nior Cen­ter and Kalei­do­scope’s stu­dents,”

Com­man­der Hayes ended with “It

was a won­der­ful and re­ward­ing 4th of July week.”

Mem­ber Paul Davis and owner of Penny Pincher’s Gro­cery in Cedar­town do­nated 25 wa­ter­mel­ons. Post 86 pur­chased an­other 50 wa­ter­mel­ons at a dis­count from Penny Pinch­ers. Post 86 will slice and dice over 600 serv­ings by day’s end on In­de­pen­dence Day.

The Fundrais­ing com­mit­tee sched­uled three stops on July 2 (250+ slices) and an­other four stops on July 3 (an­other 350+ slices).

On the 4th Post 86 in­vited The Boy Scouts of Amer­ica, Cedar­town 4th to par­tic­i­pate their Chang­ing of the Flag Cer­e­mony.

Com­man­der Hayes opened the Cer­e­mony. Dan Guinn, Ad­ju­tant of Post 86, and newly elected Vice Com­man­der of Ge­or­gia’s 7th Dis­trict, read the or­der and dec­la­ra­tion of the Com­man­der. Buddy Ca­gle, Se­nior Vice Com­man­der read a por­tion of our Dec­la­ra­tion of In­de­pen­dence. Post 86’s Ju­nior Vice Com­man­der Tom Mears lead the open­ing and clos­ing pray­ers.

The Com­man­der ended the Cer­e­mony with a mo­ment of si­lence “in me­mory and in honor of the sol­diers of the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War and those af­ter them who have fought that lib­erty might en­dure.”

The or­der of the day was the Chang­ing of the Flag. Com­man­der Hayes had or­dered, “our worn set of old col­ors be fit­tingly re­tired.” The Boy Scouts of Amer­ica Troop 40 changed our old tat­tered and faded flag with a bright and col­or­ful new flag.

Con­trib­uted by Post 86 mem­ber Dan Guinn.

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Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 86 Com­man­der Tim Hayes and Boy Scouts Troop 40’s Robert Peek III go over the or­ders for re­tir­ing a flag dur­ing an In­de­pen­dence Day cer­e­mony on the Fourth of July.

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Amer­i­can Le­gion mem­bers formed a line and passed along wa­ter­mel­ons later sliced up and de­liv­ered to lo­cal nurs­ing homes in the lead-up to In­de­pen­dence Day hol­i­day plans.

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