American Legion Post #9
P.O. Box 684, 405 S. Main St., Garden City, Kansas 67846
Newsletter May, 2019
Every year your American Legion post and others are required to submit an annual report on activities that promote our Four Pillars, such as services to veterans and their families.
The Consolidated Post Report for 2018-2019 also includes reaching out to the community, and promoting youth programs such as Boys State, Cadet Law and Oratorical. Tom Howard chalked up 77 hours working with students, parents and school counselors.
During this reporting period, Post 9 gave $2,375 in emergency aid to veterans and their families in need. We also assisted 19 veterans to gain medical or disability benefits through the Veterans Commission of Kansas field office at Fort Dodge.
Post Chaplain Don Heili and others visited veterans in hospitals more than a dozen times and attended more than 30 graveside services. Jim Arwine traveled to various cemeteries in Southwest Kansas, as part of the 8th District Honor Guard, to pay final respect. Often standing with the Guard are post members, Ray Hernandez, Ted Hoffman and Don Heili.
Of course not all the veterans served by the post are members of the American Legion. After more than 100 years of service our motto continues to be “Still Serving Veterans.”
Your post’s information, combined with other posts nation-wide, is used when the National Commander and others testify on Capital Hill on behalf of all veterans. Each post has a story to tell and when we speak as one voice our strength is magnified.
The Department of Kansas also uses these numbers at the State level. You can find that information printed on the lower half of your annual membership renewal notice each year.
Installation of Officers
Department of Kansas Master-At-Arms Charles Sellens will administer the oath of office, at the general membership meeting, May the 6th, to Post 9 members who were elected to serve during 2019-2020.
Sellens is a member of American Legion Post 47, Dodge City, and is seeking a second term as a department master-at-arms.
New Web Page Tab
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 9 is being allowed it’s own page on the Post 9 web page. It will be one of several tabs where viewers can gain information about the mission, post history and activities. Unit 9 Secretary Anna VanWy will be the editor of that page. If you have items of interest to be included, contact her at email@example.com.
The site can be reached at: americanlegionpost9ks.org.
May’s Calendar Is Full
Spring is here and there are lots of American Legion activities to help you get out, enjoy the weather and spend time with fellow veterans. Check out the list below.
— The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration, in Garden City, will kick off with an opening ceremony, Wednesday, May the 1st. It will take place at 6:00 pm at American Legion Post 9, 405 S. Main. American Legion members will post the Colors. Local speakers and a free meal will be served to military veterans.
— Bingo at the Fort Dodge Veterans Home is scheduled for Friday, May the 3rd. The event, staged by the our post’s Auxiliary Unit 9, starts at 10:30 am. For more information contact Marie Hamill at 620-214-2650.
— The monthly community all-you can eat Breakfast, prepared and served by the Sons of The American Legion, can be enjoyed on Sunday, May the 5th. It runs from 8:00 am to 11:00 am at the post home, 405 South Main. Cost is $8.
— The Department of Kansas American Legion well celebrate it’s 101st Convention, Friday to Sunday, May 17-19th at the Atrium Hotel in Hutchinson, Ks. Speakers at Saturday’s program include National Vice Commander Steve Sweet and Clint Bolt, S.A.L. leading candidate for National Commander. Registration is only $10.
— In 1950, The President of the United States proclaimed the 3rd Saturday in May as Armed Forces Day. This year it will be May the 18th. It marks the unification of our several military services and was designed to replace the individual celebration of the respective services.
— Memorial Day is Monday, May 27th. Jim Auel of the VFW is organizer and master-of-ceremony for this annual event which takes place at Valley View Cemetery. As part the ceremony, names of fallen veterans during the past year are read by the commanders of area veteran’s service organizations. There is music played by the Garden City Community Band and a rifle salute. The event starts at 11:00 am and is always well attended.
After the ceremony, a good-well offering lunch will be served at the VFW Club, 1101 West Mary Street.
God Save The Flag
‘God bless the Flag and its loyal defenders, While its broad folds o’er the battlefield wave, Till the dim star-wealth rekindle its splendor, Washed from its strains in the blood of the brave’. — Oliver Wendell Holmes
This publication is written and edited by Post 9 Adjutant Jim Arwine