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FLAG DAY    June 14th  1200hrs.  Post 24


Ever wondered what happens to FLAGS that are no longer serviceable?  POST 24 has a disposal bin for individuals to bring in FLAGS that are torn, tattered, or worn out.  Once a year on JUNE 14 a FLAG DAY ceremony is held in front of the portico at POST 24 where a FLAG is burned as a symbol of the proper procedure for FLAGS deemed as no longer serviceable.

Wanna' learn more about it??  Why not stop by POST 24 on THURSDAY, June 14th and find out how it is done.

The history of FLAG DAY

On June 14, 1777, in order to establish an official flag for the new nation, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: "Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885. BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.

On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.

Inspired by these decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day - the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 - was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916.

While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.


The history of MEMORIAL DAY

Memorial Day began back in 1868 when Major General John Logan had an idea.  He wanted to pay homage to all those who had fought and died during the Civil War.  He decided to dedicate a date for our nation to pay its respects to those individuals.   Gen. Logan chose May 30th as the date because nearly all flowers are in bloom during the last half of May,--and no battle had been won, lost, or celebrated on that particular date.  He designated the date as DECORATION DAY.

By 1890 DECORATION DAY was a date set aside to honor all those who have died while serving our country throughout all the wars.  It later became known as MEMORIAL DAY and was moved to the last Monday of May by an act of congress in 1971.


The SUNDAY MORNING BREAKFAST are back. Breakfast is served from 8:00am - 11:30am
Breakfasts are Sponsored and served by:
1st Sunday                        Sons of the American Legion Squadron 24
2nd Sunday                       American Legion Auxiliary Unit 24
3rd Sunday                        American Legion Riders Chapter 24
4th Sunday                        American Legion Post 24
If there is a 5th Sunday       Post 24 Honor Guard
The FRIDAY NIGHT DANCES for February - all dances start art 7:30pm
1st, Royz Band
8th Three of a Kind
15th TC & The Troublemakers
22nd Island Swing Band
Do you realize what is coming up next year?  March 15, 2019 is the 100th anniversary of The American Legion and June 5, 2019  will be the 100th anniversary of POST 24.  Yes, our centennial is fast approaching. 
We are attempting to put the word out about this milestone and find those who have been in the area the longest who may recall our humble beginnings.
Please help us pass the word.  We are in need of historical items that relate to POST 24 during this time period.
Do you have an old uniform..?  How 'bout a service cap..? 
Old newspapers, or brochures, pamphlets and other items that contain historical info..?  
Check around for all sorts of stuff.
Does anyone remember where POST 24 was originally located..? 
Does anyone remember when POST 24 moved to where it is now..?
Thank you.



   MATT  COATES in the FOXHOLE LOUNGE  every Tuesday 6-9pm

In need of some assistance with VETERAN ISSUES....????

Edward Padilla
Veteran Service Officer
American Legion Post 24 Kirby Stewart
Ph: (941) 962-3345
Email: guest4tea@msn.com
Available to the membership and community Vets on Thursday

by appointment please.


 This is one position that requires more than just showing up or phoning it in.  It requires a ‘calling’.  A dedication and commitment to the job at hand.  One has to aggressively seek out answers to numerous questions, to search for other avenues when facing a dead end and following up each request to the satisfaction of the VETERAN in need.

As a VETERAN, we have all been in situations where we could have used some advice or some assistance with a problem concerning the VA.   It is reassuring now to know that Ed Padilla is at POST 24 and eager to help those in need of some answers to VETERAN ISSUES.


Ever find yourself with a couple of dollars in your pocket....??   After you've had a great lunch, then kicked back for a couple of refreshments,...perhaps you toss in a few $$$$$ on one or more of our great HOT machines.  Check your watch and see that it is about your NAP TIME.    Here you are with a couple of bucks left...
WHAT TO DO...?   WHAT TO DO...?  Here's a thought...!   Why not check with any post 24 officer, or stop in at the OFFICE and make a donation to the POST 24 VETERANS RELIEF FUND...?
Now, listen up...   Every penny that is donated goes into the local VETERANS RELIEF FUND.  NOTHING goes beyond the property of POST 24.
The purpose of the POST 24 VETERANS RELIEF FUND is to help and assist a VETERAN in NEED.  The VETERAN must show proof of need and assistance.      Example:  A veteran meets with the POST 24 Commander to ask for assistance.  The VETERAN must bring along an outstanding bill.   The Commander must verify the bill as being due.  The Commander, or one of his assigned officers, will accompany the VETERAN to pay the outstanding bill.   Or, if the VETERAN needs some groceries to get by until next pay day, someone in the office will go with him to purchase groceries.   Or, if the VETERAN needs some gas for his car.  Same thing.  An officer goes with the VETERAN to purchase a tank of gas.
This is a ONE TIME RULE OF ASSISTANCE..   This was and is the purpose of the AMERICAN LEGION.
......give it a thought,.....maybe a couple of bucks while you're at it....
Thank you .....in advance.    



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