From Ben Hardin, Commander:
JULY 4TH, 2020
On July 2, 1776, Thirteen Colonies separated from Britain. On July 4, 1776 the Declaration of Independence was officially signed. Some pushed to have July 2nd, established as our Independence Day but July 4th, the day of signing the Declaration of Independence won out. Thus, July 4th became Independence Day.
This year on July 4th we will celebrate our 244th year as an independent nation.
By way some historical information about our great nation I present you with the following three tidbits:
The first settlement by European settlers was established on Roanoke Island in 1587. However, the extreme conditions and lack of adequate essentials meant that once some of the original settlers returned from Europe with the needed supplies, the settlement was found abandoned with no sign of any of the other original settlers. Thus, the settlement was a failure.
The first successful settlement resulted from a joint business venture between the British Government and the Virginia Company. This joint venture formed a settlement at Jamestown in 1609. While on active duty I was fortunate enough to have been stationed at Fort Lee, Virginia, and had an opportunity to visit historic Jamestown.
Lastly, George Washington issued double rations of rum to his troop in 1778 and again in 1781 to mark the anniversary of independence. Maybe that’s where the modern tradition of having a cold beer on July 4th came from!
Now, for a fun fact. Fast forward from 1609 when Jamestown was settled to the year 1948. It was in 1948 that brothers Maurice (Mac) and Richard McDonald started the first McDonalds in San Bernadino, California. Just imagine what those settlers from 1609 would think had they been able to be present at that opening!
On a more serious note, we as a people have made great strides in every aspect of our daily lives since those early settlers arrived on our shores. One of those strides is the sense of duty to God and Country through service in the Armed Forces of The United States.
As you celebrate July 4th, 2020, keep in mind the millions of men and women who have not only served our country throughout Her history but also made the ultimate sacrifice.
As your Commander, I want to wish you and your family a happy and safe July 4th, 2020.
Post opened June 1st @08:00 A.M.- 12:00 A.M. for all
operations and normal hours. Several conditions must be met:
1: NO persons at the bar. NO EXCEPTIONS!
2: ALL patrons must remain seated
3: Social distancing must be adhered to.
4: Tables limited to 6 persons. (Must come in as a group)
5: ALL persons to have temperature taken upon entry to building.
6: Sneeze guards set up as required including food service areas.
7: Meetings of 10 or more require distancing and face masks.
8: Attendance is limited to 25% capacity.
9: As applicable: all areas of use to be sanitized between uses.
10: Hand cleaning stations at entrances and throughout.
11: ALL Legion personnel/ workers to attend training class,
currently scheduled for May 27th @ 9:00 A.M.
Thermal indicating testers (temperature) are on order.
If you are ill, coughing, sneezing, high temperature, chills, etc.,
you will be asked to leave, "AND" authorities will be called:
each occurence! NO EXCEPTIONS!
Currently, plans are in limbo for a July 4 cookoff or July 4 fireworks.
Anyone that needs help or information during this time can contact us
from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M. at the post number 936-856-5224.
If you need a ride or any other service we can offer, do not
hesitate to call.
By Jack Clemons, Post Adjutant
At present, we are compiling a list of the email addresses for officers and members of the Post, Unit, and SAL. This will enable the Post to communicate more effectively, and save money on the Newsletter postage. Please leave your email address with any Post representative, or the attendant in the bar area. Thanks for your help!
Shriner's Chili Cookoff 2019 was a huge success. We
were able to donate $21,000 to the
Shriner's Childrens Hospital!!