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.

Legionnaires – Volunteers Needed for Poppy Distribution on Memorial Day Weekend

Comrade Legionnaires of Post 2001,

The annual Memorial Day weekend Poppy Distribution is on Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28 at the Giant Food Store in Ashburn Village.

Please see the attached sign-up sheet for the 3 or 3 1/2 hour shifts available for you to pick from to volunteer on this 2-day event.

We really need at least two Legionnaires for each shift. Three Legionnaires is preferred and as always the more the merrier. If you have never participated in the poppy distribution event, give it a try, you may enjoy it. I think that those that participated in the past have enjoyed the event. I certainly do.

Please look over the sign-up sheet and if you would like to volunteer for any shift contact me. If you cannot work a full shift, no problem. Any amount of time that you can volunteer is helpful and appreciated.

[Preferred uniform is smart casual with Legion cap if you have one; alternate uniform sport coat and tie with Legion cap if you have one.]

Also, for you information I have attached the Story of the Poppy, Memorial Day flyers.

See You At The Poppy Distribution

Larry Rosenberger

Download (PDF, 308KB)

Legion Post 2001 – Reminder Litter Collection Claiborne Pkwy this SAT

Legionnaires,

As you know, Post 2001 has adopted a part of Claiborne Parkway as part of the Adopt a Highway program.

This Saturday (14 May) rain or shine we will meet in the Junction Plaza parking lot (Ashburn Farm Giant shopping center, corner of Claiborne and Ashburn Farm Parkway) at 0830 and collect litter along Claiborne Parkway from Ashburn Farm Parkway up to Hay Road & back.

We need your help – many hands make light the work.

This will fulfill our second quarterly run as part of the VDOT Adopt a Highway program.

Please contact Ron Milberg for additional details.

Reminder: Post 2001 Meeting and Election this Thursday

Legionnaires,

As a reminder, our next general meeting is at 1930 on this Thursday, 12 May, at the Mills Recreation Center (43895 Grottoes Dr., Ashburn, VA 20147).

***Post will distribute poppies in remembrance of our fallen comrades on 27 and 28 May at the Ashburn Village Giant store. Please support this great event – contact Larry Rosenberger for details and to sign up.

I am attaching the revised minutes from our April meeting.

** Post will be voting on officers for the 2016-2017 year during the 12 May meeting.

Any member in good standing (dues paid for 2016) and unable to attend the May meeting can send in an absentee ballot (original cut off was 6 May). If you can’t make it, please send your vote by e-mail by this Wednesday evening.

The following are the current candidates for the 2016-2017 year:

POST COMMANDER. Charlie McKinney
1st VICE COMMANDER. Chuck Loomis
2nd VICE COMMANDER. Bob O’Such
ADJUTANT. Norm Larson
FINANCE OFFICER. Richard Ryan
Co-CHAPLAIN. Fr. James Hinkle and Al Gabriel
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS. Ken Canterbury

Regards,

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

Post 2001 Minutes for April – Next Meeting 12 May / **Election

Legionnaires,

I am attaching the minutes from our April meeting.
Please provide any revisions back to this address before 6 April.

As a reminder, our next meeting is at 1930 on this Thursday, 12 May, at the Mills Recreation Center (43895 Grottoes Dr., Ashburn, VA 20147).

** Of note, the Post will be voting on officers for the 2016-2017 year during the May meeting. Please let me know if you are interested in running for office.

Any member in good standing (dues paid for 2016) and unable to attend the May meeting can send in an absentee ballot by 6 April.
Please indicate in your e-mail if you are voting for the current candidates, or the name of any specific candidate not listed below (name and position).

The following are the current candidates for the 2016-2017 year:

POST COMMANDER. Charlie McKinney
1st VICE COMMANDER. Chuck Loomis
2nd VICE COMMANDER. Bob O’Such
ADJUTANT. Norm Larson
FINANCE OFFICER. Richard Ryan
Co-CHAPLAIN. Fr. James Hinkle and Al Gabriel
SERGEANT-AT-ARMS. Ken Canterbury
Regards,

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