Post 2001 – Save the Date: 28 October Loudoun Salute to Veterans

Fellow Legionnaires,

We need your help to get out the word for our 4th annual Loudoun County Salute to Military, Veterans, and Families.  The Salute, sponsored by the County and our Post, provides a venue where active duty and retired veterans and their families can meet with Veteran support officers and organizations that can assist them with needed and appropriate resources. We want to make this year’s event bigger and better than last year’s.

To do that, we are asking you to print several copies of our “Save the Date” flyer (attached) and distribute them to individuals, organizations, or businesses to generate interest and awareness.  Also, visit our website and please make a donation to the Salute; if you are interested in being a sponsor of the Salute, please contact us.  All donations are tax deductible and directly support our programs and Veterans in need.

The Salute promotes the American Legion’s values of Americanism and Patriotism by incorporating distinguished guest speakers, choral and musical performances from Loudoun County Public School children’s groups, and essay readings from the winners of the essay and poster contests we sponsor.
To date, we have firm commitments from Mrs. Phyllis Randall, Chairman of the Board, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, and as our keynote speaker, General Lester L. Lyles, United States Air Force (retired), former Air Force Vice Chief of Staff and current Chairman of the Board for USAA.

Because we have no permanent facility our Post is a bit unique, allowing us to put all of the money we bring in each year through various activities and donations to work to help veterans in need, and support our American Legion outreach efforts including Boys and Girls State, our premier programs to teach rising high school seniors how our government works while developing leadership skills and an appreciation for our rights as citizens; American Legion Baseball, which enjoys a reputation as one of the most successful and tradition-rich amateur athletic leagues in the United States and abroad; sponsoring the140 member-strong Cub Scout Pack 1500; and Boulder Crest Retreat, to name just a few.

Our goal this year is to expand our audience to at least 1,000 people.  We plan to accomplish this is by incorporating all Loudoun County Public Schools into the essay and poster contests, as previously indicated, and expanding the musical entertainment to include a LCPS marching band and/or symphonic group performance.  But mostly we need to publicize this Salute through many channels, including you.
Thanks for your help, and save the date!

For God and Country,

Frank Mullen, Chairman
Loudoun Salute, 2017

Where:       Stone Bridge High School Auditorium
Address:    4300 Hay Road, Ashburn, VA
Date:          October 28, 2017
Time:         10:30 AM – doors open;
12:00 NOON – presentations begin;
4:00 PM – Salute ends.
Service Officers will be available throughout the day.

REGIONAL CHAMPIONS – Post 2001 Ashburn Knights

On July 21st, the Ashburn Post 2001 Knights defeated Warrenton Post 72 by a score of 8-5 to win the District 15 /16 Regional Championship!  As the winner of the Regional Tournament, they earned a berth in the Department (State) Tournament that begins on Wednesday, 26 July, to decide the State Champion!

District 15 /16 Baseball Commissioner and American Legion Department of Virginia Baseball Chairman, Jim Grenier, said “Congratulations to Post 2001 Ashburn!  That is two consecutive League championships…I don’t recall seeing that repeat accomplishment in last 10 years.  They played a formidable Post 72 Warrenton team.”

The Department tournament is in Winchester next week, and will determine the State (Commonwealth) Champion.  The Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament will be at Firemans’ Field in Purcellville the first week of August, where State Champions from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia play to see who goes to the AL Baseball World Series in Shelby-Cleveland County, NC.

The American Legion World Series begins on 10 August in Shelby, NC, where Regional Champions from 8 geographic regions around the US compete for the right to be crowned AL Baseball Champion for 2017.