American Legion Riders Conduct Pistol Raffle
On Monday, July 13th, 2015, the winning ticket was drawn for the Cumming American Legion Post 307 Auxiliary Unit and Riders Chapter Pistol Raffle. The event took place at the beautiful Cumming Veterans Memorial Park. The sub-compact, SCCY Industries 9 mm pistol was won by Taylor A. of Lawrenceville, GA and the winning ticket was drawn by Ms. Pauline McKinny, the Department of Georgia 9th District Auxiliary President.
Pictured left to right: ALR Chapter 307 Secretary Lynn "Killer Bee" Burgess, ALR Chapter 307 Assistant Director Kevin "Gunner" Stafford, ALR Chapter 307 Director "Ranger Bill" Burgess, 9th District Auxiliary President Pauline McKinny, ALR Chapter 307 Road Captain Billy "The Hawk" Hunter, and Auxiliary Unit 307 President Phyllis Singleton.
Also in attendance today, but not pictured, were Post 307 Oratorical Committee Chairman Ron Meier and Post 307 Legion Sr. Vice Commander Frank Singleton. A total of $1,420.00 was raised and will be split evenly between 307's Auxiliary Unit and the Riders Chapter.
Thank you to ALL that supported these efforts.
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 307 Announces Girls State Attendees
Courtesy of the Forsyth Herald — Jim Lichtenwalter
The 8 June 2015 Post 307 General Membership Meeting
Mr. Michael Donegan of Cumming, a Korean war veteran, was honored at the June 8th meeting of the American Legion for his 50 years continuous service. Post commander Randy McGhee is shown presenting the 50 year Certificate to Mr. Donegan. He served in the 116th Engineer Battalion from 1950 to 1952 and is very proud of service to his country. Mr. Donegan was born in Ireland in 1925 and came to NY in 1948 with his 3 daughters and wife Shelia. They moved to Cumming in 1987 after retirement. His oldest daughter, Claire said he never missed a chance to to fly the American flag. To celebrate his 90th birthday this year, his family is flying the American Flag over the Capital in his honor. The American Legion Creed "For God and Country" certainly applies to Michael Donegan.
The temps were in the low 30's and the sun was shining brightly on this annual "Wreaths Across America" Saturday (12/13/14), as American Legion Riders representing Legion Posts 127 Buford and 307 Cumming Staged to Ride to Canton, GA. This Mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in Veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and beyond. It is to also organize a week of events including international veteran’s tributes, ceremonies at State Houses and to spread the message about the importance of remembering our fallen heroes, honoring those who serve, and teaching our children about the sacrifices made by veterans and their families to preserve our freedoms. We then Staged a second time at Williamson Brothers BBQ in Canton with Georgia's Patriot Guard Riders who yearly lead this Mission and were joined by other ALR Chapters, Combat Vets M.A. and several Christian Riders Groups. Over sixty Motorcycles many of then riding double then rode into the Georgia National Cemetery and Staged once again at Shelter #2 where we were met by several more ALR Chapters. (The 5th, 7th and 9th District Legion Riders were well represented this day). We then drew Flags and stood in an enormous Flagline that surrounded the entire Ceremony. I was Honored to be able to Hold the US Navy Service Flag during the Observance. Speakers, The Ritual Laying of a Wreath for each Branch of Service and our POW/MIA, Rendering of the Rifle Volley and Taps and the Ceremony was concluded with a Fly Over by a Squadron of three T-6 Texans which have been in the Service of our Country since 1935. Thank you not only to those that participated today but those who worked this entire last year selling Wreathes as this year EVERY Service Member and Spouse who were interred at GNC was Honored by a Wreath, the first year for this to happen by my knowledge. Live/Ride Proud. Ranger Bill
AL AYO, USN, USAF, RCAF, DOD
On an extremely warm and breezy November day (11/24/14) we laid Veteran Al Ayo to rest at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton. Al had spent his life protecting Freedom having served in WWII in the US Navy, the Korean War in the US Air Force, a tour in the Royal Canadian Air Force and then served in Country in Vietnam in the service of the Department of Defense. A long time Legionnaire at Buford's Post 127 he was Honored by their Honor Guard today as they rendered both the Rifle Salute and Taps. The US Air Force Honors Team Folded and Presented the American Flag to the next of kin. A Eulogy Service was delivered by a Catholic Priest to a small congregation of seven members of Family and Friends. Rest in Peace Al your fifty plus years of Service has set a standard that others will find hard to follow. American Legion Riders were there today to Honor this American Hero from three Posts, Buford 127 (who were also members of the Honor Guard) Duluth 251 and Cumming 307. Live/Ride Proud. Ranger Bill
CUMMING VETERANS DAY PROGRAM
DAVES CREEK ELEMENTARY VETERANS PROGRAM
Today (Monday 11/10/14) Post 307 veterans celebrated a School Veterans Awareness Program at Daves Creek Elementary School in Cumming Georgia. Designated to Ms. Rebecca Rays 3rd Grade, each veteran was assigned to a child (sometimes two veterans), and a photo was made with every pairing. The children had a form to fill out, which required them to ask a dozen questions, designed to give the child a basic understanding of their veterans and the military in general. Lunch of pizza, pasta and chicken fingers were catered to the classroom where the veterans ate with their child. After the meal, the children formed a group and sang two patriotic songs. Afterward they played American History Bingo where the Teacher would ask a question, such as "What do the 13 stripes on the American Flag
represent?", and the veterans would assist the child find the the correct answer. The event concluded with a group photo of all Ms Ray's children and their assigned veterans.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable day for all involved and we appreciate Daves Creek Elementary for hosting this highly educational event.
(left to right) SSgt Jeff Warneke, Brumby, and Ranger Bill .
The 9 March 2015 Post General Membership Meeting had Featured Speakers
Ms. Lori Chapman of Keller-William gave a brief presentation on their 2015 “Red Day in Honor of Military in Cumming, Georgia.” Every year, Keller-Williams sets aside the second Thursday in May to give back to the community. This year 150 Forsyth County-based Keller-Williams agents overwhelmingly voted to support local military families (active, veteran, and/or disabled veterans); therefore, Ms. Chapman requested the membership submit up to 10 households that could be provided services on 10 May. Examples of the scope of services might include building a wheelchair ramp, cleaning and pruning someone’s yard, building a Post Awards’ display cabinet at the Armory, etc. Candidate names should be submitted to Commander McGhee for transmittal to Keller-Williams.
Featured speaker, Forsyth County Sheriff Duane K. Piper, presented ways in which his department is dedicated to protecting the lives and morals of our citizens. Detailed updates were shared on the newly-built courthouse and jail facilities, staffing for the Sheriff’s Department, as well as favorable news on the recovery of wounded Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Marx and the home invasion victim on Magnolia Drive. Numerous questions regarding the safety of Forsyth County were answered with honest and sincere responses and Sheriff Piper graciously remained afterwards for encouragement and additional questions from the audience.