UPDATED PHOTOS OF JUNIOR SHOOTING SPORTS PROGRAM PHOTOS BY MARSHA CHRISTY
THE HAYESVILLE YELLOW JACKETS AIR RIFLE TEAM IS HARD AT WORK THIS YEAR. THEY PRACTICE EVERY TUESDAY AND THURSDAY FROM 3:15 pm UNTIL 5:15 pm AT THE RANGE. LOCATED AT THE COMMUNITY SERVICES BUILDING, 25 RIVERSIDE DRIVE, HAYESVILLE, NC
On February 3, 1943 at 12:30 am the USAT DORCHESTER was torpedoed by a German submarine off the coast of Greenland. Of the 902 young men aboard, only 234 survived...672 men paid the supreme sacrifice. Among the 672 were Four Chaplains who gave up their lifejackets to save four soldiers and in doing so, gave up their only means of survival.
This past week, the American Legion Post 532, American Legion Auxillary Unit 532 and the Hayesville Middle School students honored these men by doing a Memorial Ceremony.
The Honor Guard to present Colors was made up of American Legion members and students. The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all. The National Anthem was sung by 2 students. The Invocation was said by a student. The Lone Honor Guard and student escort presented the Ceremonial Flag. The poem "Four Special Chaplains" was read.
And then the candle light ceremony began....to honor the Four Chaplains. 4 students honored these Chaplains by reading their biographies, followed by the lighting of a candle, as an American Legion member did the tolling of the bell and an American Legion Auxillary member placed a rose in a vase. When all four Chaplains had been honored, a special hymn "All That They Had, They Gave" was sung by the HMS/HHS Chorus. Followed by the playing of "Taps." A final Benediction was said.
The American Legion Commander gave the following message to the students...
" There have been countless feats of courage demonstrated by Americans in all occupations and in numerous situations in civilian life as in military service. We have chosen to share with you the heroic feats of four men serving in World War II and the amazing impact their courage and sacrifice had on our military forces and the citizens of our nation. The four men were serving as Chaplains in the United States Army.
The American Legion continues to preserve the memory and work of these four men as the example of sacrifice and service that every American should exhibit in our daily life. You, American citizens, enjoy the freedoms you have because of the sacrifice of generations of people you didn't even know. The time will arrive when you will have to defend these freedoms for yourselves and future generations or those freedoms will cease for everyone."
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
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Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will help veterans in time of need. 100% of donations go to the veteran or family.
BEFORE CONSTRUCTION BEGINS
TWO DEDICATED VETS HELPING ANOTHER VET IN NEED.
LOTS OF PREP WORK TO BE DONE BEFORE JOB IS COMPLETE
TIME TO TAKE A BREAK AFTER BUILDING THE NEW RAMP FOR A DESERVING VET
THANKS TO EVERYONE THAT HELPED WITH CONSTRUCTION, MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS AND YOUR PRAYERS. THE AMERICA LEGION CCVMC CONTINUES TO SERVE OUR VETERANS AND COMMUNITY.
A SPECIAL THANKS TO JOE BUCKNER FOR HIS EXPERT TALENT AND LEADERSHIP.
FINISHED PROJECT. GREAT JOB BY POST 532 AMERICAN LEGION.
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
The Sons organization is divided into detachments at the state level and squadrons at the local level. A squadron pairs with a local American Legion post; a squadron’s charter is contingent upon its parent post’s charter. However, squadrons can determine the extent of their services to the community, state and nation. They are permitted flexibility in planning programs and activities to meet their needs, but must remember S.A.L.’s mission: to strengthen the four pillars of The American Legion. Therefore, squadrons’ campaigns place an emphasis on preserving American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship. Since 1988, S.A.L. has raised more than $5.8 million for The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. S.A.L. members have volunteered over 500,000 hours at veterans hospitals and raised over $1,000,000 for VA hospitals and VA homes. The Sons also support the Citizens Flag Alliance, a coalition dedicated to protecting the U.S. flag from desecration through a constitutional amendment.
SAL now has it's Charter and if you are interested, please contact me at