Georgia AmLegion Post 304

This Weblog is for the exclusive use of members of Post 304 of the Georgia American Legion in Kennesaw/Acworth, GA. It may be used for numerous purposes but will be primarily a site for communicating information to our members.

If you wish to post a "blog" on this weblog, please contact me at: dburdette488@bellsouth - I will either post it for your or advise you how to do it yourself.

Snail mailing address for the Post: American Legion Post 304, P.O. Box 15, Kennesaw, GA 30156-0015.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Commander Titshaw and Chaplain Asbill Confer

Post 304's Commander and Chaplain confer briefly prior to opening the meeting at the December 19, 2005, Post 304 Christmas Party.

Michael Kettmann Captivates His Audience With His War Stories

Post 304 Legionnaire tells war stories to an attentive audience: Velica Daniel, Howard Daniel, Michael Kettman, Jr., and Rosa Scott.

5th District Auxiliary President

Guest Rosa Scott, 5th District Auxiliary President, welcomed the attendees to the Post 304 Christmas Party on December 19.

Our Own Michael Kinard Provides the Entertainment

Post 304 Legionnaire Michael Kinard played the guitar for us during the Christmas Party on December 19, 2005. Unfortunately, Michael is taking off for Europe soon and will not be attending our meetings for a while.

Post Christmas Party

Post 304 Commander Bob Titshaw conducts a brief meeting at our December 19, 2005, Christmas Party at the Quality Inn in Cartersville. About 24 Legionnaires and Auxiliary members and guests attended.

Monday, January 30, 2006

American Legion Cap Etiquette

The left side (emblem side) of the cap is reserved only for the Legion emblem, city, county, district, or state lettering.

If desired, the following items must be placed on the right side of the cap:

A) additional lettering, restricted to either the name of a Post, or to an officer title (such as "Past Commander"),

B) cap insignias or badges (for Past or Present officers),

C) consecutive membership insignia, membership stars, and/or authorized Legion or military services decorations.

Names or nicknames of individual members cannot be used on caps.

The Legion Uniform Cap should be worn by its members only when in attendance at official Legion meetings or ceremonies, or as official guests at patriotic or other civil functions, or by individuals when officially representing The American Legion on public occasions.

A member is considered to be in uniform if wearing an official Legion Uniform Cap. Therefore, it is not proper to wear the cap while eating a meal at an official Legion or civic luncheon or dinner.

The cap should be worn in a place of worship only by the Guard of Honor, Color Guard and Commander of same while in marching order or standing guard. When returned to and seated in the pews, the cap should be removed.

Legion posts marching in formation into a place of worship should uncover, at the door, hold the cap with the right hand over the heart until the arrival in the pews and commanded to take seats, remaining uncovered during the entire service. At the close of the service, upon command, the post shall arise, the members holding the cap with the right hand over the heart will march our of the place of worship, and recover after marching through the door.

Legion members not in formation will uncover upon entering the place of worhip and remain uncovered during the entire service, and will recover after leaving the place of worship.

When at a funeral, the cap should be held over the heart as one approaches the casket, and is not at any time worn in a place of worhip (except by the Guard of Honor, Color Guard or Commander os same while in marching order or standing guard). At the graveside, the cap should be held in the right hand over the heart during the entire service. In cold or inclement weather, the cap should not be worn.

In Legion meetings, the cap should be worn except during moments of the Pledge of Allegiance, prayer, and when standing in silent reverence in memory of departed comrades, when the cap should be held with the right hand over the heart.

Female members of the Legion should wear their caps in the manner prescribed for female personnel of the armed forces.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

5th District American Legion Benefit Association (ALBA)

ALBA is a special program of the Georgia 5th District established to provide immediate financial assistance to the families of deceased members. It is not, as some miss-informed Legionnaires have said, an insurance policy. The only qualification to join is that the individual be a member, in good standing, of the American Legion Family - Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons-of-The American Legion.

The initial cost to join is $11.00, of which $5.00 is a one-time administrative fee and $6.00 is your initial assessment. Upon notification of the death of a member, the named beneficiary will receive a check totaling $1.50 times the number of members in ALBA. Example: 500 members X $1.50 = $750.00. Each ALBA member's account will be reduced by $1.50. When a member's account reaches a remaining balance of $1.50 or less (3 deaths), a reassessment for $6.00 will be sent out. Members may pay in more than the $6.00 assessment, if they wish to do so.

This program is simply The American Legion Family helping others of our Family at the most stressed time of their lives. For more information or applications, call James Robinson, Administrator, (678) 289-9123, or contact any 5th District Officer.