GET INVOLVED WITH THE LEGION

HONOR GUARD

When  we pay tribute to our veterans, we want to make sure that it is done in  a proper military manner. I mean: let us give our veterans not only a  tribute but individual recognition for his or her service to their  country, and for some it may have been the ultimate sacrifice. Let us  honor them the way they honored their country, and to never forget those  who did not come home. For some American Legion members, the Honor  Guard could be the gray area that is not quite clear. The Honor Guard of  American Legion Post 532 here in Hayesville, NC., was formed 10 years  ago by a small group of dedicated  Legionnaires who saw the need for  providing military honors for their fellow veterans. It is doubtful that  those visionaries could have imagined how the Honor Guard they created  would one day evolve into the proficient and highly skilled organization  that it is today. Our reputation for providing dignified services for  our fellow veterans has become widely recognized throughout our  community and beyond. They do what we all should be doing - honoring our  veterans for their service, as well as those who are still serving this  great country we live in. For without their service, where would we be?  Let me just say that the Honor Guard of American Legion Post 532, and  the Honor Guards all over the United States, will not forget. The Honor  Guard has a wonderful history of those who served long ago, and of those  who are serving now. The honor they bring to the veterans who have been  called to other duties can never be surpassed. The thankful look on the  families' faces, those who are both young and old, and those who are  the loved one's immediate family. They come from all walks of life, and  are of different nationalities, races and creeds, but the one fact they  all share is that their loved one was a veteran. I think that the  feeling is always there to answer the call when needed; and we are  dedicated to serve those who have served before us and to be there for  their families, even on a very short notice. It is an honored tradition,  and only those who feel a special calling choose to serve in this  capacity. It seems that sometimes we overlook some small part of the  ceremony, but only we know what it may be. I guess it comes from wanting  the family to be completely satisfied and that we did everything we  could to honor their loved one. The smiles, the tears, a final hug and  the final words of many thanks are enough for us to continue without the  least hesitation. The service to honor the veteran includes a personal  reading for all veterans, a prayer suitable for all denominations, the  rifle squad firing a three-round volley with their weapons, and finally  Taps by our bugler. At this conclusion, the Veterans Burial Flag is  folded in the proper military manner, and then presented to the next of  kin or designated recipient. It is now we know that we have finished  honoring the veteran, and the day is done. In addition to being an Honor  Guard member, you may also serve on the Color Guard, and in doing so  you will be asked to post the national colors along with the Legion's  colors to all who may require this honorable tradition. In my personal  opinion, I think our national colors are the most beautiful in the  entire world, and when I see our flag flying in the breeze I truly feel  proud to an American. For God and Country .

Contact Phil Cantley:  pcantley1951@yahoo.com 

JUNIOR SHOOTING SPORTS PROGRAM

The  American Legion Junior Shooting Sports Program is a gun safety  education and marksmanship program that encompasses the basic elements  of safety, education, enjoyment and competition. Shooters use the .177  caliber air rifle. Both males and females can participate, through  Legion sponsorship; disabled youth are encouraged to join, as  competitive shooting is a sport that creates an equal playing field for  all competitors. Contact your local Legion post, Sons of The American  Legion squadron or Auxiliary unit for information about affiliating as a  club or individual. Junior Shooting Sports is a three-part program that  combines the Basic Marksmanship Course, Qualification Awards and Air  Rifle Competition into a well-rounded activity.  Contact: Bill Christy  wrchristy@me.com

TRI-COUNTY CHAPLAINS CORPS

 

Honoring  God and country by serving the special needs of active duty military  families and veterans, both physical and spiritual. But not limited to  separation and return from extended deployment,employment, , financial  struggles and PTSD. Helping military families before, during and after  deployment, working through churches to gather information.  For  additional information, please contact: Carl Maxwell
 838-389-6566
chaplain.corps532@gmail.com 

VOLUNTEERING

Post 532 needs voluteers for many events and Office positions. Please raise your hand when Commander asks for help. Contact Ron Brown:  pheasantrr77@aol.com 

VISITING THE INFIRMED VETERANS

Many of our veterans are in care facilities and would appreciate a visit from Post members. At Brasstown Manor, Clay County Care Center and at their homes. Please take the time to visit out veterans. Contact:

Carl Maxwell:   boatman100@frontier.com