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2000 75th Street West, Bradenton, FL

Kirby Stewart Post 24





                        KIRBY STEWART POST 24 







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                                      HISTORIAN REPORT



  If people have to choose between freedom and sandwiches, they will take sandwiches.

Lord Boyd Orr, 


Mad Hatter hat......down the ol' rabbit hole   

  flag_blue.gif    HISTORIAN RAMBLINGS .....down the ol' rabbit hole.......


The next decision you make will be based on the last decision you made.


  As most already know the cost of our dues has increased by $8.00.  As goes national, so goes local.  They have raised their annual rates so the local legion posts must pass that on to our loyal members.  We are very appreciative of your support and do our very best to keep you as one of many 'repeat customers'.    Thank you for your understanding.

In case you were not present, Commander Rauh read off a list of accomplishments in repairs, replacements and improvements all centered on making POST 24 a 'destination' for our members, not just a 'stopover'.    Let's get started, shall we....?

1  The entire roof was replaced

2   Air conditioner for FOXHOLE lounge was replaced

3   Dining room & lounge has been repainted

4   All ceiling tiles in dining room have been replaced

5   Floors in dining room were stripped, sealed and waxed to a high gloss

6   Outside of building being repainted

7   New beer cooler for the auditorium bar

8   New chargrill in the kitchen

9   New fryer in the kitchen, which will now give us three

10 New dishwasher in the FOXHOLE lounge

11 New weather screens on the outside deck, cuts the heat down a lot

12 Purchased ATM machine which will increase the revenue (saves customers money)

13 Purchased AD-Tab machine which will increase the revenue

14 Installed (POS) 'point of sale' system with credit card capability   (very nice)

15 Sold property out behind POST 24

16 Have made numerous improvements to the post property

17 Many VETERANS learn about the American Legion, and they stop by for a little support.  This is not an automatic gift, but instead, all their paperwork must reflect that they are who they say they are.  Once their need is verified from their creditors, then it is up to the descretion of the Post Commander to determine if any 'assistance' is forthcoming.  Accountibility is paramount.

18 POST 24 and other units within our 'family' supports various charities

19 The Post 24 HONOR GUARD offers support to the local Humane Society.

20 Two new flagpoles have been installed, one out front near the sign, and the second one out back near the stage out behind the shed.

21.  The dance floor and east side of the auditorium floor has been completely redone to a glistening shine.  The auditorium has been given a fresh coat of paint and new ceiling tiles throughout the large room have been installed.

22.  The west side of the dance floor has had new laminate flooring installed.  The wall behind the stage has been completely redone and looks beautiful.  The bar area looks brand new, along with new custom stools for the bar area.  The ceiling panels have all been replaced.  The auditorium walls have all been painted to create a brand new look for the entire large room.

Well, I have checked with my 'staff' and feel that for an investment of $8.oo each member is getting quite a windfall in improvements. 








PEARL HARBOR       Drew Thomas


December 6th found America at rest, at peace, and although war drums were sounding in the distance, most assumed it was someone else’s problem, someone else’s war.

Sunday, December 7th brought confusion to most of the population, wondering why the Japanese were attacking a place called Pearl Harbor, and exactly, where is Pearl Harbor?  However, it didn’t take long for news to travel to all parts of our country and the response was overwhelming.

Men, and boys, ran to the induction stations in every city and town wanting to enlist to fight the Japs, as they were called.   It didn’t matter where, why, what, but only that they wanted to go now and fight the enemy.

People of all ages, all races, backgrounds, formed a long line to sign up.  People with nothing more in common than the fact that their country was under attack, raised their hand and put on a uniform of the United States military to offer their service, and life, to help defend our country.

Pearl Harbor was a small dot on a small island out in the Pacific Ocean, somewhere.  That’s about all that folks knew, and cared about.  However, the attack solidified America’s resolve to begin pulling in the same direction for a common cause.  VICTORY……   

America lost over two thousand military personnel in a matter of a few hours that day.  The horrendous impact affected all of America.  The carnage was only beginning to pile up as islands and territories were attacked by the Japanese Empire on a daily basis.  The United States was not the dominant military power then that it later came to be.  Japan was a mighty power and they knew it.  ….And we knew it.

It required the combined effort of all the military and civilian force alike to cling to the idea that America must prevail.  There were times when the task seemed very daunting as the various battles raged on.  Without the support of those back home the war could never have been won.  America soon realized the seriousness of the situation.  Factories began making war machinery on a grand scale.  It wasn’t long before the military began receiving the bounties of the harvest in tanks, ships, planes, fresh, trained troops, along with every other type of equipment needed to take the fight to the enemy, and anyone else who wanted a piece of the action.

In closing, please be reminded that WWII could have just as easily been lost.  Each action taken was dependent upon the last action taken.  Many details and months of planning and preparation went into every move.  Americans were of a mindset then that ‘if we’re in, then we’re ALL in’.  That feeling has faded into the background in recent years to the point of ‘what’s in it for me’.  We must stand guard and remain vigilant to protect our wonderful country and to maintain our freedom.

Thank you.


FREEDOM                 Drew Thomas


September 11th  marked thirteen years since we as Americans lost our freedom.  I am referring to the fact that security across this great land has been enhanced, but it is mostly ‘smoke and mirrors’ to give us, the American taxpayer, a false assurance that we are safe as we go about our daily lives.

Oh, a lot changed on that day, but as I listened on the radio recently and heard some talk show host comment that the terrorists have won, sadly I must agree.

We, the ‘American taxpayer’, and read what you will into that, are the ones who are being watched.  No,’ those people’, and read what you will into that, are not stopped and questioned.  Doing so would give the impression that they are considered suspicious, …or something.  Let’s not offend them, or their ‘leaders’.  We don’t want to fight that war again, not that we’ve ever stopped.

Political correctness is the worst thing to come along since Dr. Spock.  What he didn’t ruin, it has.  It seems that anyone with an opinion is considered ‘out of bounds’, ‘radical’, or too sensitive.  HELLO…??    Apples ARE different from oranges, people.

                     Remain vigilant, be watchful, see something...say something.

We, as Americans, should not need another wake up call to remind us that freedom isn't free.  We watched in horror as the security of our wonderful country was breached by a terrible reality.  The reality that the hand patting us on our back has been removed from the trigger to do so.

An old adage goes like this:  You can have SECURITY, or, you can have FREEDOM, but you cannot have both.

Now, in these United States, we are slowly realizing that perhaps we can have NEITHER. 

Carry on,....

Keep'em flyin'.....!

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Address Delivered at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg

Abraham Lincoln

November 19, 1863

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow - this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain - that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth..









                       'bout a game of 'tag'....?  I'll be 'it'.



  _______________________Thank you for your service. Camouflage 


For GOD and Country,

Drew Thomas, POST 24 Historian


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