Thursday May 28, 2015
Monday May 18, 2015
Thanks to James Fulghum, Andy Anderson, Bobby Bowen, and Bill Fogerty for participating in a special flag ceremony at the Savannah Genealogical Society. Society members Brenda and david harbin had asked that Post 109 refold their grandfather's 48 star flag under which he was buried.
A note of thanks to JROTC members Bailey Sudderth (Jennifer and Scott's daughter) and Logan Bryant who provided able assistance.
Monday May 11, 2015
American legion Post 109 team provided funeral honors for Charles White Sr., a World War 11 veteran who was in the Battle of the Bulge.
Mr. White was the father of "Snip" White and grandfather of Parks White, both Post 109 members.
American Flag Community Disposal Location Won
American Legion, Post 109 – Hartwell, Georgia
By: Jennifer Scott Sudderth, Staff Writer
Vice Commander James Fulghum and Post 109 won approval on Monday, April 6th from the Mayor and City Council for the placement of a box specifically designed for the community to place retired United States flags for proper disposal. When an American Flag is no longer serviceable, it is not acceptable or honorable to simply throw it away. A special flag disposal ceremony must be held in which the flag is burned in accordance with flag disposal protocol. Along with American Legion groups, the following organizations also conduct these ceremonies: Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFWs), Marine Corps League, and the Disabled American Veterans (DAVs).
As is the case for most communities, there is not a centralized location in which to place the flags in Hartwell. We are pleased to announce that is no longer the case in our community. The Mayor and Council were gracious enough to agree with Post 109 that remedying this should be a community priority. Additionally, the City’s governing body is allowing the Post to place the receptacle on the grounds of the City Hall in the parking lot in a location convenient for patrons to drop off their retired colors.
American Legion Post 109 wishes to extend our most sincere gratitude to City Manager, David Aldrich, Mayor Brandon Johnson and City Councilmembers: Arthur Craft, Bill Griggs, Tony Haynie, Billy Ethridge, and Mike MacNabb for approving the request and showing their support for our Veterans. We also wish to thank Public Works Supervisor, Dennis White and his department for the work involved in the placement of the box.
Support, Generosity, and a Purple Heart
News from American Legion Post 109, Hartwell, GA
By: Jennifer Scott Sudderth
It is with gratitude that American Legion Post 109 is pleased to announce that it has reached 100% with its overall membership goal. While this is truly an honorable achievement, the Post will continue to welcome new members. The increase in membership assures that Post 109 will continue its contributions to the community and, most importantly, its Veterans.
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Chris Carter, one of the newest members of Post 109, was in attendance at the March meeting to receive the first of two installments of annual support given to the Hart County High School JROTC program. Lt. Col Carter expressed his gratitude of the Legions’ continued support of this honorable program. Photo
Ms. Carolyn Howard, of Post 109 Ladies’ Auxiliary was also the recipient of the community’s continued generosity. Quality Industries, LLC presented Ms. Howard and her Auxiliary with a contribution of $250.00. Ms. Howard and her volunteers regularly send letters, care packages, and gifts to our service members worldwide. This monetary gift will aid greatly in the continued works of the Ladies’ Auxiliary. Photo
The most notable gift was for one of our newest members, Mr. Benjamin Brown. Mr. Brown, a Vietnam Era Veteran who served admirably in the United States Army, finally received his long deserved Purple Heart award. Rightfully awarded the Purple Heart prior to his discharge in 1970, the Department of the Army failed to bestow the award upon Mr. Brown. When Mr. Brown told the story to Vice Commander James Fulghum, the Vice Commander wasted no time contacting the office of Congressman Doug Collins. Through the help of Congressman Collins’ office, also a Veteran of the United States Air Force, Mr. Brown finally received his Purple Heart. Congratulations to Benjamin Brown for his well-deserved award and thank you for your honorable service. Photo
JR. VICE COMMANDER PAT HANSEN ALONG WITH VINSON BROWN AND JAMES FULGHUM OF AMERICAN LEGION POST 109 HARTWELL, PRESENTS A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION TO SUSAN GIBBS OF TENA'S FINE JEWELRY AND GIFTS FOR THEIR CONTINUOUS PATRIOTIC EFFORT TO FLY THE AMERICAN FLAG 24/7s.
PAST COMMANDER LEONARD SEYMOUR ALONG WITH JAMES FULGHAM, PAT HANSEN, & VINSON BROWN OF AMERICAN LEGION POST 109 HARTWELL PRESENT A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION TO EARL JOHNSON OF BAILES COBB FINE CLOTHING AND GIFTS FOR HIS CONTINUOUS PATRIOTIC EFFORT TO FLY THE AMERICAN FLAG 24/7s.