Friday, April 19, 2013

5th DISTRICT COMMANDER



GOOD MORNING LEGIONNAIRES.  

I HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT PHILIP SYBERT HAS BEEN APPOINTED ZONE 4  ORATORICAL CHAIRMAN, BY DEPARTMENT.  MY CONGRATULATIONS TO PHIL, AND AM SURE HE WILL DO A GOOD JOB.  I ALSO WANTED TO SEND OUT MANY THANKS FOR ALL WHO ATTENDED THE NATIONAL COMMANDER'S VISITATION DINNER.  THE BEECHES DID A GREAT JOB SERVING ALL 205 ATTENDEES AND THE MEAL WAS EXCELLENT.  IT TOOK 11 MINUTES TO SERVE AND EACH PLATE CAME OUT AS HOT AS THE FIRST.  COMMANDER KOUTZ HAD A GREAT MESSAGE FOR ALL TO HEAR AND DONATIONS RECEIVED, FOR HIS PROJECT, OCW'S, AMOUNTED TO $2800.00.  I PRESENTED A CHECK FOR $250.00 IN MEMORY OF PAST DEPARTMENT COMMANDER PAUL CORTRIGHT, AS IT WAS PAUL'S PROJECT, ALSO, BEING INVOLVED AT FORT DRUM.  YOUR BOOSTERS TURNED IN, AMOUNTING TO APPROXIMATELY $600.00, HELPED TREMENDOUSLY IN FUNDING THE VARIOUS EXPENSES INVOLVED WITH HOSTING THE NATIONAL CDR.  YOUR DOLLARS WERE GREATLY APPRECIATED.

NOW, I NEED YOUR HELP.  IT IS MY RESPONSIBILITY TO APPOINT A 5TH DISTRICT ORATORICAL CHAIRMAN, FOR THE YEAR 2013-2014.  FRED FITZPATRICK IS UNABLE TO ASSUME THAT POSITION, DUE TO PERSONAL CONFLICTS.   IT IS NOT A TIME CONSUMING POSITION BUT A VERY IMPORTANT ONE FOR THE DISTRICT TO STAY INVOLVED WITH THE ORATORICAL BRANCH OF THE CHILDREN & YOUTH PROFRAMS.  BECAUSE THERE IS NO MEETING, BEFORE THE DISTRICT CONVENTION, JUNE 9TH, I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE THIS APPOINTMENT FILLED BY MAY 4TH.  IF YOU KNOW OF ANYONE WHO WOULD ACCEPT THIS POSITION, PLEASE LET ME KNOW ASAP, SO I CAN RESPOND TO DEPARTMENTS REQUEST.
 

BEST REGARDS,

FOR THE GOOD OF THE LEGION,
WILLIAM PARK
5TH DISTRICT COMMANDER

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

NEW LEGION WEB PAGE

The American Legion unveils web page dedicated
to military honor and remembrance


INDIANAPOLIS (April 17, 2013) -- Throughout the United States and around the world, honor for our nation’s military heroes can be found guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, at museums, cemeteries and memorial sites dedicated to the great wars, in monuments recognizing any local community’s wartime sacrifices, and in the obituaries of veterans.
These are just some of the ways in which our U.S. military personnel and veterans are remembered. The American Legion – the nation’s largest veterans service organization – now provides a way for anyone to visit these sacred sites and keep the memories of military sacrifice alive. A new American Legion web page packed with stories, photos and videos, along with the ability for visitors to add their own words and images, is now available at www.legion.org/honor
“Legionnaires are encouraged to share stories of their time in uniform, their family’s military legacy and what their posts are doing to recognize the servicemen and women, past and present, who keep America safe,” said James Hall of New Jersey, chairman of The American Legion Magazine Commission, which oversees the organization’s website.
Already, dozens of stories have been submitted for publication and many of those have already been posted. Those wanting to share their stories can go to www.legiontown.org to submit text and photos online. Once approved by an administrator, those stories will appear on the honor and remembrance web page.
Other features of the web page include:
  • A collection of articles and photos about honor and remembrance that have appeared in The American Legion Magazine, and other media.
  • A special “In Memoriam” module for those who want to honor veterans who have passed on by providing their own tributes. Families are encouraged to submit obituaries of veterans by going to www.legion.org/honor and clicking on “In Memoriam.” Once you fill in the deceased’s name, the obituary and upload a photo (optional), just hit the save button. There is no charge. 
  • A database of more than 1,200 museums, memorials or cemeteries that can help you plan a visit or an opportunity to explore online. These sacred places are compiled in a database, searchable by state and category. To suggest an addition to the database, send an email to honor@legion.org or call (317) 630-1298.
  • Photo galleries of prominent places of remembrance, including Arlington National Cemetery and U.S. memorials, monuments and cemeteries in Europe.

To contribute a story to the page, go to www.legiontown.org. Those without access to a computer may mail their information to Honor & Remembrance, c/o The American Legion, 700 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.
Questions may be emailed to honor@legion.org

FOR YOUR INFORMATION


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

NATIONAL COMMANDER

NATIONAL COMMANDER
JAMES E. KOUTZ
National Commander James E. "Jim" Koutz made his visitation to the 5th District American Legion on Wednesday April 10th at the Beeches in Rome, NY. He had a full day as he was met by district officials. Many counties and posts were represented at his honorary dinner which was excellent. Kudos to the Beeches kitchen staff.

From Oswego County we had 11 representatives: Commander Ted Waters; County Adjutant Shawn Mills and wife, Angie; 5th District Membership Chairman James Ellis and wife; John Young; Donna Kestner; Past District Commander (PDC) Tom Brown; PDC David Walker; PDC Delos Rowlee; Past District President Betty Rowlee.

Here are a few of Doug Malin's fine photographs:
Oswego Co. Cmdr. Ted Waters, Cmdr. Koutz, Mike Michalski (Lewis Co.)
PDC Tom Brown
 
 PDC David Walker with Commander Koutz

 Commander Koutz with PCC Shawn Mills

Cmdr. Koutz with PDC Delos Rowlee and PDP Betty Rowlee

Cmdr. Koutz accepts donation from Oswego County
Commander Ted Waters for Operation Comfort Warriors

View of dignitaries at the head table 4.10.2013 - Beeches Inn

MARGARET THATCHER



So, neither Obama nor anyone from his administration is going...

'WHITE HOUSE SNUB TO THATCHER: 
OBAMA WON'T SEND ENVOY TO FUNERAL'
April 15, 2013
By James Thatcher (MailOnline)





'Friends and allies of Baroness Thatcher expressed 'surprise and disappointment' last night as it emerged PRESIDENT OBAMA IS NOT PLANNING TO SEND ANY SERVING MEMBER OF HIS ADMINISTRATION TO HER FUNERAL.

Whitehall sources have revealed that the US delegation at tomorrow's service in St Paul's Cathedral will be led by two Reagan era secretaries of state: JAMES BAKER and GEORGE SCHULTZ.

Though President Obama himself had not been expected to attend, there had been speculation that he would be represented either by Vice President Joe Biden or wife Michelle.

The Queen's decision to attend Lady Thatcher's funeral has effectively elevated it to a STATE OCCASION unprecedented for a political figure in Britain since the death of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965.

Other world leaders, including Canada's Stephen Harper, Mario Monti of Italy and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, are attending the service in person.
US embassy spokesman confirmed that no serving member of his administration would be present to pay their last respects, CITING A BUSY WEEK IN US DOMESTIC POLITICS.

Former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox, Lady Thatcher's closest ally in modern-day politics, said: "I think it would be both surprising and disappointing if after President Obama's fulsome tribute to Lady Thatcher, the American administration did not send a senior serving member to represent them."

Sir Gerald Howarth, chairman of the Thatcherite Conservative Way Forward group of MPs and peers, said: 'The bonds forged between the UK and the US through Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher was instrumental in ending the Cold War and liberating millions of people.


'THAT THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION FEELS UNABLE TO BE REPRESENTED AS THE WORLD MARKS THE EXTRAORDINARY CONTRIBUTION MARGARET THATCHER MADE WILL BE A SOURCE OF DISAPPOINTMENT TO THOSE WHO SERVED WITH HER IN THAT GREAT ENDEAVOUR.'

BOSTON



American Legion Commander to Boston: We Are All With You


INDIANAPOLIS (April 16, 2013)  --  American Legion National Commander James E. Koutz issued the following statement regarding yesterday’s terrorist attacks at the Boston Marathon:

“I have just contacted The American Legion Department of Massachusetts offering our condolences to the people of Boston and those affected by this cowardly attack. I encourage all members of The American Legion family to remember the victims and their families in their prayers, to donate blood and to proudly display the flag of the United States wherever possible. We do not yet know whether the perpetrators of this heinous act were foreign or domestic, but it is a reminder that the Global War on Terrorism continues and that Americans must always be vigilant, especially in large gatherings.  If you see suspicious behavior, report it to the authorities. Again the first responders have performed magnificently. This is a scene that our troops have been exposed to far too often overseas. The people from Boston are known for their toughness. Today, we are all Bostonians. God Bless them all.”
                 With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.
  


As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on April 15, 2013, in Boston, Massachusetts, President Obama has issued a proclamation for the flag to be displayed at half-staff until sunset, April 20, 2013.