"What Patriotism Means to Me ?" "Winners from Both Dawson County and South Forsyth County Middle Schools"Read More→
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"Why I'm Optimistic about our Nation's Future ?" "Winner from South Forsyth Middle School"Read More→
VFW Ladies Auxiliary
The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars is a national, patriotic, non-profit organization established in 1914. We show unwavering support for real American heroes and live by the motto, "Honor the dead by helping the living."Read More→
Here you will be able to find additional links to help you, such as membership stats, find a vfw post, vets resources, vets museum, VA healthcare, and more.Read More→
Post 9143 will hold CPR training on April 26th, starting at 8AM until it is complete, the cost of the CPR Certificate is $ 8.00. If you would like to attend contact John Kepler at 678-634-0065 or email@example.com with any questions or wanting to sign up.
Post 9143 will start our Buddy Poppy drive on April 17th 2014 with a meeting at Cumming City Hall with our Mayor H. Ford Gravitt at 11AM, Members please meet behind City Hall by 10:45AM
On May 3rd our kickoff Poppy day will be at Wal-Mart in Cumming. We will be there distributing our Poppy's from 8 AM til 5PM
On May 10th is Poppy day at Starbucks in Cumming, we will be there distributing our Poppy's from 8 AM til 5PM
On May the 17th Poppy Day will be Chick-Fil-A here in Cumming distributing our Poppy's from 8 AM til 5PM
We still need help to cover all of the shifts on the 3 days, Please contact Neil @ 770-886-2528 if you have time available
Post 9143 will conduct its monthly meeting on May 21, 2014, with Dinner being served at 7 PM Followed by the business meeting at 8 PM
District 2 meeting will be held on May 18, 2014 at the Cornelia GA post, starting at 10:00 AM
36th Dept of GA. V.F.W. Annual Golf Tournament
We will hold our 36th Annual Department of Georgia V.F.W. Golf Tournament on June 7 and 8 in Griffin GA. The format is 36 hole 2 man scramble and the entry fee is $ 180.00 per team. Please click on the Golf Tournament entry form below for more details: Golf Tournament Entry Form
Shut in Veterans
I was recently informed that we have some World War II, Korean and Viet Nam Veterans that are residing at the Tara Plantation Retirement home here in Cumming, GA. If you have an opportunity please vist them as they are in need of some company.
TO ALL MEMBERS
Our post has a number of renovating projects and we need your help, if you have any experience in building / maintenance trades, let us know. Or if you want to come and learn how the Pros do it, Call or email Stuart. Emailfirstname.lastname@example.org Phone - 770 633 1667
Mothers Day - May 11
Mother's Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers.
The origins of Mother's Day are attributed to different people. Many believe that two women, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis were important in establishing the tradition of Mother's Day in the United States. Other sources say that Juliet Calhoun Blakely initiated Mother’s Day in Albion, Michigan, in the late 1800s. Her sons paid tribute to her each year and urged others to honor their mothers.
Around 1870, Julia Ward Howe called for Mother's Day to be celebrated each year to encourage pacifism and disarmament amongst women. It continued to be held in Boston for about ten years under her sponsorship, but died out after that.
In 1907, Anna Jarvis held a private Mother's Day celebration in memory of her mother, Ann Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. Ann Jarvis had organized "Mother's Day Work Clubs" to improve health and cleanliness in the area where she lived. Anna Jarvis launched a quest for Mother's Day to be more widely recognized. Her campaign was later financially supported by John Wanamaker, a clothing merchant from Philadelphia In 1908, she was instrumental in arranging a service in the Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which was attended by 407 children and their mothers. The church has now become the International Mother's Day Shrine. It is a tribute to all mothers and has been designated as a National Historic Landmark.
Fly the Ford - May 12 - 14
EAA’s local chapter 611 and Lanier Flight Center in Gainesville GA will be hosting a historic aircraft visit to Gainesville’s Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport May 12 – 14th. We would like to invite your members to see and/or ride in this historic aircraft – a 1929 Ford Tri-Motor. Henry Ford built 199 of these airplanes and only 8 exist in airworthy condition. The aircraft will be touring the US on its way from Florida to Wisconsin and Gainesville with be its only North Georgia stop.
While this was not a military aircraft, many veterans and aviators remember the Ford Tri-motor and its history of becoming the first mass produced commercial airliner and first all metal aircraft
If you have any questions, please contact Shane Crider via either email email@example.com or via cell phone: 770-540-9614, or check out their web site at: Fly the Ford
Memorial Day, May 26, 2014
Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. It was inspired by the way people in the Southern states honored their dead. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day. The current name for this day did not come into use until after World War II. Decoration Day and then Memorial Day used to be held on May 30, regardless of the day of the week, on which it fell. In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed as part of a move to use federal holidays to create three-day weekends. This meant that that, from 1971, Memorial Day holiday has been officially observed on the last Monday in May. However, it took a longer period for all American states to recognize the new date. Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the United States. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.
It is traditional to fly the flag of the United States at half mast from dawn until noon. Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is combined with Jefferson Davis' Birthday in Mississippi.
Memorial Day has become less of an occasion of remembrance. Many people choose to hold picnics, sports events and family gatherings on this weekend. This day is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season for cultural events. For the fashion conscious, it is seen as acceptable to wear white clothing, particularly shoes from Memorial Day until Labor Day. However, fewer and fewer people follow this rule and many wear white clothing throughout the year.
Flag Day - June 14
People across the United States celebrate Flag Day on June 14 each year to honor the United States flag and to commemorate the flag’s adoption. On the same day, the United States Army celebrates its birthday.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes – one for each state. Although it is not certain, this flag may have been made by the Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross, who was an official flag maker for the Pennsylvania Navy. The number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union, but the number of stripes stopped at 15 and was later returned to 13.
In June 1886 Bernard Cigrand made his first public proposal for the annual observance of the birth of the flag when he wrote an article titled “The Fourteenth of June” in the old Chicago Argus newspaper. Cigrand’s effort to ensure national observance of Flag Day finally came when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the event on June 14, 1916. However, Flag Day did not become official until August 1949, when President Harry Truman signed the legislation and proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. In 1966, Congress also requested that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14 occurs as National Flag Week.
The President is requested to issue each year a proclamation to: call on government officials in the USA to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Flag Day; and to urge US residents to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.
Fathers Day - June 15
Father's Day in the United States is on the third Sunday of June. It celebrates the contribution that fathers and father figures make for their children's lives. Its origins may lie in a memorial service held for a large group of men, many of them fathers, who were killed in a mining accident in Monongah, West Virginia in 1907
Father's Day is an occasion to mark and celebrate the contribution that your own father has made to your life. Many people send or give cards or gifts to their fathers. Common Father's Day gifts include sports items or clothing, electronic gadgets, outdoor cooking supplies and tools for household maintenance.
Father's Day is a relatively modern holiday so different families have a range of traditions. These can range from a simple phone call or greetings card to large parties honoring all of the 'father' figures in a particular extended family. Father figures can include fathers, step-fathers, fathers-in-law, grandfathers and great-grandfathers and even other male relatives. In the days and weeks before Father's Day, many schools and Sunday schools help their pupils to prepare a handmade card or small gift for their fathers
1st Day of Summer
Solstice, from the Latin for sun stands still, in astronomy, either of the two points on the ecliptic that lie midway between the equinoxes (separated from them by an angular distance of 90°).
At the solstices the sun's apparent position on the celestial sphere reaches its greatest distance above or below the celestial equator, about 23 1/2° of arc. At the time of summer solstice, around June 20 or 21, the sun is directly overhead at noon at the Tropic of Cancer.
In the Northern Hemisphere the longest day and shortest night of the year occur on this date, marking the beginning of summer. At winter solstice, about December 22, the sun is overhead at noon at the Tropic of Capricorn; this marks the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere. For several days before and after each solstice the sun appears to stand still in the sky, i.e., its noontime elevation does not seem to change from day to day.