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2000 75th Street West, Bradenton, FL

Kirby Stewart Post 24

 

 

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                        KIRBY STEWART POST 24 

 

 

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                                      HISTORIAN REPORT

 

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  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.

23.   POST 24 has purchased a brand new HONOR GUARD BUS.  2017 Ford,  It is smooth running and very cool on a hot day.  Thank you to the POST 24 MEMBERSHIP.

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. 

 

 

                                         

 

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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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POST 24, where EVERY DAY is VETERANS DAY..........

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Groundhog

 

                                   

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..

 

                                 

 

   Groundhog

                      

 

 
 

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

          

 

_______________________Thank you for your service. Camouflage 

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