Dear Legion Family,

Hope you’re having a great week so far.…  AND best wishes to you & yours for safe and blessed THANSGIVING holiday.

Reflecting this week over the past year, I know have much to be thankful for.   Thanks be to God; Thanks for my wife & family; Thanks for my Country.

Thanks for my comrades. Thanks to those serving on the front-lines for freedom, and Thanks to those transferred to Post Everlasting. Thanks for the entire Legion Family. 

Tomorrow, too many people in America will not stop, count their blessings and be truly thankful.  Let us not be counted among them.

To quote Thomas Jefferson:

My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”

 

Reminders for this week/next:

  • Wed. Nov. 22nd, 1900 hrs.  Legionnaires/EXCOMM Meeting
  • Thurs. Nov. 23rd, 3-4pm, Thanksgiving Topsy Dinner, call Post to RSVP. (Post is open from 1-8pm)
  • Fri. Nov. 24th, 5-9pm.  Come on out and watch some real football:  SKAN Football State Finals Game starts at 6pm televised LIVE from the Dome!– serving Boneless & fries $8/dozen.
  • Sat. Nov. 25th, noon-1:30pm, Luncheon – Fundraiser for Operation Christmas Hope, hosted by The Dove Family Team (read that as Sue & Martha, really).  Menu: Lentil Soup, Turkey salad sandwiches and dessert.

 

Military Humor:    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • After a stroll on the Moon, for the first lunar Thanksgiving meal, Neil Armstrong (US Navy) and Buzz Aldrin (USAF) enjoyed roast turkey (in a foil packet, but still).  For a modern day rendition, checkout: https://airandspace.si.edu/multimedia-gallery/9757hjpg
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted our national bird to be the wild turkey instead of the eagle. NASA is most thankful that their most successful Apollo mission is not forever recalled by quoting: “The Turkey has landed.” Furthermore, Air Force leaders often reflect on how this could have made one of our finest aircraft an “F-15E Strike Turkey” (doesn’t exactly have a ring to it, does it?).
  • Two Army Rangers were home on leave for Thanksgiving, discussing their latest turkey shoot. The first Ranger says emphatically, “I’m never going to take my wife hunting with me ever again!”  “That bad, eh?” enquires the second Ranger, smiling.  “Yeah, she did everything wrong, got nothing right.  She chattered way too much, wore the wrong face-paint, constantly disturbed the undergrowth, loaded the wrong gauge shot in her gun, forgot her K-bar, used the wrong luring whistles and worst of all,” he bellows, “she bagged more turkeys than me!”

 

Sick Call Update:  [If you know of Legion Family members to be added/updated, please send info via reply to this email.  Thanks]. 

Please continue to join us in thoughts and prayers for:

  • Chet Benoit.  Tests were negative re: recurrence of stomach bleeding.  Now back home.
  • Marshall Skiff.  Feeling a bit better, but still not eating well.  Still off oxygen. 
  • Scott Piwinski.  Recovering from successful throat cancer surgery. Radiation & chemo therapy have begun.
  • Sherry Herrmann (Gunny’s CO).  Awaiting a second MRI to diagnose a potential brain aneurism.
  • Jan Jurgensen.  Still recovering at home from a fall.  Going through therapy.  Will have family around them for Thanksgiving.

 

Upcoming Events:

  • Wed. Nov. 22nd, 1900 hrs.  Legionnaires/EXCOMM Meeting
  • Thurs. Nov. 23rd, 3-5pm, Thanksgiving Topsy Dinner. Post will be open from 1-8pm. Please call the Post and RSVP today so the team has an accurate headcount.
  • Fri. Nov. 24th, 5-9pm.  Come on out and watch some real football:  SKAN Football State Semi-finals – serving Boneless & fries $8/dozen.
  • Sat. Nov. 25th, noon-1:30pm, Luncheon Fundraiser for Operation Christmas Hope, hosted by the Dove Family.
  • Friday. Dec. 1st.  Fish Fry, 5-8pm.  Eat-in or Take-out.  Call Post for reservations/orders.
  • Sat. Dec. 2nd, 5:30pm – 9:30pm, Operation Christmas Hope – Guest Bartender Party
  • Sat. Dec. 9th, 3pm-6pm, Army/Navy Football Game
  • Friday. Dec. 15th.  Fish Fry, 5-8pm.  Eat-in or Take-out.  Call Post for reservations/orders.
  • Sat. Dec. 16th, 6:30pm-10pm.  Post Merry Christmas Party, bring an appetizer/dessert, join in the Ugly Sweater Contest.
  • Tues, Dec. 19th, 1900 hrs.  Legionnaires/EXCOMM Meeting

 

Remembrance: 

  • Revolutionary War. To inspire the martial cohesion necessary to create an army, holidays played a significant role. During the Revolutionary War, political and military leadership sensibly relied upon standard celebrations to mark the martial calendar.  In part derived from Christian ritual, in part celebrations of the fall harvest, the Colonial thanksgivings which form today’s understanding of the holiday were as likely recognized by fasts as well as feasts. Just a year shy of the American Colonies’ declared independence, the new patriot political leaders called for a Thanksgiving fast to inspire sober reflection of the gravity of the mounting tensions with the British in the aftermath of Lexington and Concord. Noting that a fast was called by Congress “to implore the Divine Benediction on our country,” James Thacher a surgeon and writer during the war, defined the event as a key factor in the development of a shared identity for the Colonies: “This is the first general or Continental Fast ever observed since the settlement of the colonies.”  Called for in the midst of increasing military conflict, it is notable that this was the first such celebration by the Colonies as a unified entity. It can be argued that this event marks the first Thanksgiving celebration defined by a unique and integral American identity. In the following year Congress called for another day of Thanksgiving. This culturally American tradition was enjoyed again in 1776 by Private Joseph Martin and his fellow soldiers convalescing from small pox inoculation in Connecticut.  Private Martin, gave earnest thanks for what was (and remains) the great priority to the man at war, a good meal: “Of the pig and the pies we made an excellent Thanksgiving dinner, the best meal I had eaten since I left my grand sire’s table.” Another important wartime thanksgiving was celebrated by General Washington’s troops at Valley Forge, to commemorate the formalization of the alliance with the French in 1778.  In addition to a formal military demonstration by the battalions and brigades with much saluting and many huzzahs, there was a dinner provided by Washington for the officers and wives present for the celebration.

See ya at the Post!

For God & Country,

Eric