American Legion Post 153 Held Quarterly Meeting, January 19, 2017

Following an outstanding covered-dish supper the American Legion Commander, Harold Green, invited Mike Ripplinger, Union County High School Principal, to make a proposal regarding Veterans Day.

Ripplinger began his proposal by stating that he believed the Veterans should receive the highest recognition and honored for their military service to America. He wanted the American Legion Post 153 to give their support to consolidating the three schools and community with a large program similar to a graduation ceremony on the football field. He envisioned that the program would provide a historical perspective to the students and faculty and focus on honoring all American Veterans. The High School would secure all participants in the Veterans Day Program; keep the VFW and American Legion Posts informed, and that it would always be held on November 11 each year except when the event falls on a weekend (Saturday would be held on a Friday and Sunday would be held on Monday). All the planning, setup and cleanup would be handled by the High School Staff.

The Veterans Day Parade would be held in conjunction with the High School Homecoming which would always try occur close to Veterans Day. This would allow the consolidated parade to be much larger and the Veterans would always lead the parade.

The American Legion Post 153 was in favor of the proposal.

The Post then discussed the JROTC Scholarship and agreed to provide up to the cost of two semesters to a recommended graduating High School Senior or an alternate based upon the JROTC School Staff Recommendation. The money would be sent to the Florida Gateway College to be administered (if the primary failed to register or failed to attend/make successful grades the college would control the scholarship monies for the school year).

Colin Coody and Ted Barber were designated to secure the guest speaker for the Friday, May 30, 2017 Memorial Day Ceremony and Thomas Fortner would secure the program musicians (UCHS would be in summer recess and only student volunteers would be available other than community volunteers).

Colin Coody agreed to coordinate with Dr. Marvin Johnson for lodging and other needs that supports two “Warrior Hike” personnel. This therapy program assists military personnel transitioning out of military service.

The last item to be discussed was the voting for new Post Officers at our April 20, 2017 quarterly Post Meeting. The Post Chaplain, Gene Gordon and Post Adjutant, Thomas Fortner, agreed to hold their positions. The Post Commander and Deputy Commander will be voted in at the April 20, 2017 Meeting.

The Meeting was adjourned with prayer and salute.

(Article Submitted by Ted Barber)
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