Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

We set this day aside to remember all of those who gave all




The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

History of Memorial Day

http://www.va.gov/opa/speceven/memday/history.asp



Read about the History of Memorial Day


"Memorial Day Order"
General Orders No. 11, Grand Army of the Republic Headquarters.
I.     The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form or ceremony is prescribed, but Posts and com­rades will, in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.
            We are organized, Comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers sailors and marines, who united to suppress the late rebellion."  What can aid more to assure this result than by cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead?  We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance.  All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders.  Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners.  Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.
            If other eyes grow dull and other hinds slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain in us.
            Let us, then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledge to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon the Nation's gratitude—the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan.II.         It is the purpose of the Commander‑in‑Chief to inaugurate this observ­ance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to call attention to this Order, and lend its friendly aid in bringing it to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.
III.      Department commanders will use every effort to make this Order effective.                                    
By Command of:
                                               John A. Logan
                                               Commander in Chief                                              May 5, 1868  



The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Support the Michigan Wound Warrior Retreat Program at ACO Hardware

Support the Wounded Warrior Retreat Program this Weekend


Legionnaires and friends of Veterans in Michigan.  Saturday and Sunday when you have to run to one of 66 local ACO Hardware stores please give and fill out one of these cards.  The donation will send returning service members on relax weekends when they return to reconnect with their families.

www.michiganlegion.org/aco

Thank you.

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Thank You Farmington & Farmington Hills Michigan Community


From American Legion Post 346 in Farmington, MI

FARMINGTON, MI (May 21st, 2012)- The American Legionnaires and Ladies Auxiliary of Farmington Post 346 would like to give a heart-felt Thank You to the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills for helping to make this year's Poppy Days a success. It's hard to imagine that a little crepe paper flower can do so much good. Each poppy is hand made by hospitalized and disabled veterans who are paid a small amount for each one, for some this may be their only income. 

Then American Legion and Auxiliary members nation-wide man street corners and side-walks to distribute poppies to the public. Poppies are never "sold" but "offered" to the public in exchange for donations, 100% of those donations are used toward programs and projects that help veterans and their families in need throughout the year. Last year alone American Legion Post 346 in Farmington gave over $6000 to local veterans and their families who were in need.

The American Legion adopted the red poppy as it's official flower in 1921. It serves as a symbol of the sacrifice in lives made by those in the armed forces, and represents the hope that none of these heroes died in vain. Wearing a poppy gives all of us the opportunity to honor and remember those who have served their country, especially those who have given their lives in it's defense.


The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Rep Chuck Moss Veterans Town Hall Meeting Friday May 11th 3pm

VETERAN TOWN HALL MEETING IN TROY WITH MICHIGAN REPRESENTATIVE CHUCK MOSS DISTRICT 40


FRIDAY, MAY 11TH, 2012 3 PM


AT THE VFW POST 4037 2375 East Maple, Rd. Troy, MI. 48083
Attending with Representative Moss will be Senator Pappageorge and Representative Marty Knollenberg. Additional parking across street from the   Post.

ALL VETERANS WELCOME 

Rep. Moss represent residents of Bloomfield Hills, Birmingham, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake Village, Franklin, Bingham Farms, Beverly Hills and Sylvan Lake in the 40th District.

The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Michigan Senator Kahn, 32nd District


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Senator Roger Kahn 

Will be holding a Veterans Town Hall meeting Monday May 7th, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Location:  5140 State St. Suite 101, Saginaw, MI 

Veterans are encourage to attend to ask questions about the issues facing our Michigan Veterans. Legionnaires in the 8th District are asked to attend.


The American Legion Department of Michigan represents over 70,000 members in the State of Michigan. The American Legion was founded in 1919, based on “The Four Pillars”; veteran rehabilitation, Americanism, child welfare, and national security and continued above all its mission as a consumers’ advocate for veterans. For more information contact the Michigan Legion at 517-371-4720 ext 16, mark@michiganlegion.org, or visit our website at www.michiganlegion.org.