American Legion District 16 Baseball Tournament Update 2

Be advised, Warrenton Post has forfeited today’s 4 pm game, so Leesburg faces off against Winchester at 7pm at Stone Bridge HS. We face the game winner at noon tomorrow.

We won league play and really want to win the District Championship so come out and root us on. Heat warning is in play so keeping hydrated is essential.

The other good news is that we have qualified for the VA Legion State Finals next week in Danville Va. Top two teams out of 8 teams advance to State. (26 – 30 July)

State winner advances to Regional Tournament at Fireman’s Field during 3-7 August. ( 6 state champions playing)

Regional winners advance to the Legion World Series in Shelby, NC during 10-14 August.

Exciting times for our team, families, and Legion.

Be advised we invested money for Concessions at tonight and tomorrows’ game. “Be there or be square”

Let’s win this for Charlie and the Post!!!

Jim Linn

American Legion District 16 Baseball Tournament Update

Tonight, your Ashburn Knights baseball team beat Winchester Post 21 team 1-0 at Fireman’s Field. This was a most exciting and competitive game.

Kudos to our players and coaches for playing great baseball.

Ashburn Post 2001 is now the host for remaining tournament games scheduled to be played Friday, 22 July, 4pm and 7pm at Stone Bridge HS.

We will play the winner of Friday’s 7pm game at noon on Saturday 23 July, at Stone Bridge High School. We plan to have an opening ceremony on Saturday.

We will also have Concessions open for both Friday and Saturday games (dogs, burgers, brats etc).

Hope many of you can get out to the game.

Jim Linn

Upcoming American Legion Baseball District Tournament

Friends, Legionnaires and Countrymen:

“Lend me your interest”!

The District 16 American Legion Baseball Tournament begins Monday 18 July and extends until Saturday 23 July 2016. The Ashburn Post 2001 Knights, led by Coach Bob Hough and Assistant Coaches Jeff Newell and Steve Davis, compiled a 14-1 record (13-1 in league play); and, are the number #1 seed in the tournament.

Our Knights’ first tournament game will be on Wednesday, 20 July, 4pm at Tuscarora High School, against the game winner of Warrenton Post 290 and the Stafford Americans Post 72.

This is a double elimination tournament and the winner moves to the Virginia Legion State Baseball Tournament hosted by the Danville Va Legion Post, 26-30 July.

I have attached the District Tournament Bracket for your review. You’ll note there are several game venues and the correct games dates should read:
Monday: 18 July
Wednesday: 20 July
Thursday: 21 July
Friday: 22 July
Saturday 23 July

Ashburn Post 2001 will host games at Stone Bridge High School on Friday 22 July, 4pm and 7pm; and Saturday 23 July, at 12pm. If necessary, a final game will be played at 4:30pm. We are planning to have a color guard and WWII or Korean War Vet throw out the first pitch at the Saturday, 23 July 12pm game. If you know of someone who can and would sing the National Anthem please let me know.

We have a very competitive team this year with a great group of young men. They would greatly appreciate displaying their skills for you. Please try and attend a game(s).

Still serving,

Jim Linn

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Post 2001 – 4th of July Independence Day Parade Leesburg

Legionnaires,

You are invited to participate as part of our American Legion Post 2001 in the Leesburg 4th of July Parade.

The parade is Monday 4 July and every one must be at Ida Lee park by 0930. The parade starts at 10:00 am at Ida Lee Park and goes down King Street into Leesburg.

Uniform is Legion cap (if you have one) and polo shirt (Legion polo if you have one, otherwise red, white, or blue would be great) and slacks (no jeans please).

In the past we have lined up near the front of the parade and we will have the Post colors and the American flag. We anticipate help from some youth groups as well.

I will send further details in the next few days.

This is a fun event and it is amazing to walk down King Street with all the folks cheering and waiving to us.

Hope you can participate!

Norman Larson
Adjutant
Leonard W. Kidd American Legion Memorial Post 2001, Inc.
Ashburn, Virginia

First Pitch at Ashburn Knights Home Opener, 16 June 2016

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A special thanks to my fellow legionnaires for their support tonight at the Ashburn Knights vs Warrenton game.
You have my respect and gratitude. I know the young men, parents and fans enjoyed the Americanism displayed tonight. And, hopefully, many thought about our freedoms and the sacrifices made by our veterans and military.
Chuck- again- thanks for taking the lead.
Color Guard- without practice- you did great.
Father Hinkle your thoughtful prayer was really appreciated. Unfortunately, God had other weather plans for tonight.
Al- many thanks to you for throwing the first pitch. Here are the first pictures coming in. I’m sure there will be more to come.
All the best,
Jim Linn

Ashburn Knights Win First Game

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Last night, Tuesday, our baseball team battled Leesburg Post 34 at Tuscarora High School. The Knights won an exciting 10 inning game 1-0 on a 2-out triple by returning player Nathan Davis, Briar Wood HS Senior. Jack Jaekle, pitching in relief, shut Leesburg down in the bottom of the 10th securing the victory. It was a classic pitching duel throughout the game as Brett Kreyer, Stone Bridge HS Senior, and Michael Zubovich, Freedom HS Senior, allowed Leesburg only 2 hits. Leesburg pitching was equally strong allowing only 3 hits until Nathans’ triple in the 10th driving home Andrew Moore.

Our upcoming schedule is as follows, but weather conditions frequently disrupt the schedule and changes get made quickly:

Tonight, Thursday, 9 June, 7pm, at Fauquier HS vs Post 72, Warrenton, Va

Sunday, 12 June, Doubleheader 1 & 4pm, at Liberty HS vs Post 247, Remington, Va

Wednesday, 15 June, 7pm, at Stafford Legion Field vs Post 290, Stafford, Va

HOME OPENER– Thursday, 16 June, 7pm, at Stone Bridge HS vs Post 72, Warrenton, Va.

Jim Linn

Post 2001 1st Vice Commander’s Comments on Memorial Day

Friends and Legion Comrades,

Wishing you each a memorable and happy Memorial Day. Please read my comments below which I delivered during the Ashby Ponds Memorial Day Celebration event this morning.

Tag Greason, our fellow Post member, joined me as our guest speaker and delivered a moving monolog about how military training is designed to build leaders of character and integrity. They can, are doing so presently and did serve in many callings or areas beyond the military; and today, often because of those traits, we remember those who have passed on.

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Chuck

Commentary

Memorial Day means different things to Americans; for some, it’s the beginning of summer, or a travel opportunity, a family barbeque, or a three day weekend with promises of fabulous sales at every store, mall or outlet.

But we here today know that on Memorial Day, in particular, we honor all those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our United States or served in our Armed Forces honorably and have now passed on. Our ceremony today especially honors the 89 deceased Ashby Pond veteran residents whose names are listed in your program.

The practice of honoring those who died in war and service to their country, state or Nation can be found throughout history for thousands of years. In the United Sates it is not clear when or where the first Memorial Day — originally called Decoration Day — took place. Many cities and towns lay claim to the birth place of Memorial Day. What is known is that Memorial Day was borne out of the civil war and a desire to honor our dead servicemen and women. In 1868, General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, proclaimed May 30 as Decoration Day, the purpose of which was to decorate the graves of comrades who died during the civil war. Today, we embrace the memory of all the brave men and women veterans who served in our Armed Forces to preserve our freedom and rights — as decreed by our Founding Fathers through our Constitution and Bill of Rights — from the war dead of the Revolutionary war to present veterans of Southwest Asia and the Global War on Terror.

I’d like to share with you this morning, a letter to the editor printed in the Washington Post of May 23, 2014. The letter was written by US Army Lieutenant Colonel Mike Jason. Most of what follows is his original letter, but I have shaped it to reflect a bit more widely what I, and many Veterans, past and present, feel about Memorial Day. It’s entitled: ‘Charlie Mike’ on Memorial Day.

It started like it always does. A well-meaning fellow American wished me a “happy Memorial Day .” Every year, however, it stops me in my tracks. Hours after such a greeting, I come up with a good zinger in reply; but when it happens, I can think of nothing.

I don’t have the energy to be angry anymore. I was angry a few years ago–over a decade-plus of war, deployment and loss. When those deaths were new, my feelings were sharper. I took offense at every pop-culture event that did not honor my friends. In 12 months, I lost three close friends and colleagues, two within 72 hours of each other. Memorial Day will hurt.

But the moral indignation I felt in years past seems childish now. For all the debate on the meaning of the weekend, no feeling can compare with the emotions of those who will pause to remember loved ones: the fathers, mothers, husbands, wives and children they will never see and hold again. The Gold Star families. This is their holiday. As we say in our family when things go badly, you are not allowed to be more upset than the person the bad thing is happening to. We do not get to be more upset than the Gold Star families.

So this Memorial Day, like many of my fellow veterans, I will surround myself with family and friends. We will enjoy the end of winter and the arrival of warm weather. I will self-medicate — a little — with an extra beer or two and try to live my life to the fullest as best as I can. We will do this for our friends who no longer have that opportunity.

Then, as the evening wears down, there will come that moment when the lump in my throat becomes so large that I cannot breathe anymore. At that moment, I will find a spot far away from everyone. I will remember the metal POW/MIA remembrance bracelet I wore for many years on my wrist; I will look up at the stars
— and cry unashamedly.

Many of us vets wonder whether we could have done more, why it wasn’t us and what we could have done differently. Could we have trained better? Could we have gone right and not left? We will beat ourselves up until we have no more questions, no more scenarios to play out. We will wipe our eyes and listen to those friends above, in the stars, tell us simply and clearly: “Charlie Mike” — continue mission. And then we will rejoin family and friends and, in honor of fallen buddies and their families, get on with it — Charlie Mike; and have a “happy” Memorial Day.