December 2018

From the Commander:

Well, the last month of the year is upon us. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are looking forward to a blessed Christmas season. Want to thank each and everyone of you that have made 2018 a great year at the Legion. All the officers, managers, staff and numerous volunteers, we could not have done it without each one of you helping out. We do have a great Legion. Makes us proud to say we are members of Post 79.

So, to all of you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. See you at the Post and we look forward to a be bigger and better 2019!!

Thank you.
For God and Country
Bart Colvin

Mission Statement:

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service-members and veterans.

From Vice Commander:


From the Auxiliary President:

Hard to believe it is December already!

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Kids’ Christmas party has been moved to Sunday, Dec 16th. Bring the kids for some Christmas fun, music and Santa. Open to everyone. Lunch at 12:30 with Santa coming at 2:00 p.m. Please RSVP by Dec. 13th to or call 317-873-3105 with # of children & adults.

The Auxiliary will have our annual salad and/or dessert at our next meeting Monday, Dec 10th at 7:00pm. If you would like to join us, bring a salad or dessert to share and a ten dollar gift for the gift exchange. Hope to see you there!

As you celebrate this time of year with your families and friends, remember those men and women serving our country who cannot be home with their loved ones. Their sacrifice and commitment is greatly appreciated and we cannot thank them enough.

Hope you all have a safe and wonderful holiday season and see you at the Post!

Merry Christmas to all and best wishes for the New Year!

God Bless our Troops past, present and future

Mission Statement:

In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.

From Post Service Officer:

December 2018 Newsletter from the Post Service Officer

American Legion fights to honor valor over the Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross

The Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross was dedicated in 1925 to honor 49 men from Prince George County, Maryland, who fought and died for our country during World War I. The memorial was funded by local residents and The American Legion.

The property is currently owned by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission.

The Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places during a nomination meeting that occurred at the Prince George’s County Historic Preservation Committee meeting. However, there is a pending lawsuit to have the memorial removed. That lawsuit is going to be heard by the United States Supreme Court.

In 2014, The American Humanist Association (AHA) and three individuals filed a lawsuit requesting that the Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross be removed due to its religious nature as a Christian symbol while infringing on their First Amendment rights, on government property owned by the state of Maryland.

The Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross was listed as a Historic Place, but not on the National Register of Historic Places. There have been multiple applications for memorial to be considered for the National Register to no avail.

An application was submitted in January 2015 for the Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross to be nominated to the National Register with assistance from Peter Kurtz and Nancy Kurtz from the Maryland Historic Trust resulting in its acceptance.

However, while the Bladensburg WWI Memorial Peace Cross is now on the National Register of Historic Places, the lawsuit from the American Humanist Association to have it removed or destroyed continues.

See National American Legion article about the Bladensburg WWI Memorial.

Daily Caller News Foundation article about the Memorial.

At your service,
Rick Baum

From Post Adjutant:

Minutes from Joint Meeting:

Regular Meeting 11/12/2018
Convened 19:00

  • Meeting opened in due form by Commander Colvin.
  • Rita thanked all the vets for their service. She also reported that some Auxiliary members helped take the Flag onto the Colts field before the game. All had a great time. December 16 is the kids Christmas party here at the post, not December 2ND as previously reported.
  • Bart thanked all who helped with pizza and catfish and all who helped with the Veterans Day program. Bob Musgrave fundraiser is November 17th.
  • Money raised is to help with his finances while he is on sick leave. He does not get paid while off from work.
  • If you don’t volunteer or come to the meetings, do not bitch at the bar. Any complaints bring to the commander’s attention. Not at the bar.
  • Minutes read and approved. Tom Wothke is excused, and no financial report given.
  • Ronald Schow accepted as a new member. Army veteran.
  • Poker tournament will start when the football season is over. Looking for poker tables. Keith Shephard reported that he may be able to bring 20 or more players to this event. This will be 100% volunteer and will be on Saturday or Sunday. Texas-hold-em.
  • Army/Navy game this December 8th. There will be a chili cook off. Chili must be in by 12 noon.
  • Septic working well.
  • SAL is raffling off a new TV. $5 Ticket.
  • Adjourned 19:30

From the SAL Commander:

I would Like to say Merry Christmas to everybody from the SAL commander Steve King.

Just to let everyone know we are raffling off a TV at the post $5 a chance, 200 tickets being sold.

We have pizza night 1st Friday night and the second Friday night is catfish and steak.

Love to see everybody there. I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.

Thank you.
Steve King
SAL Commander

From the ALR Director:

From the American Legion Riders

American Legion Riders response (motto)

We, your American Legion Riders, ride for God and Country, the American Legion Family and Allied Veterans everywhere. Protect those that protect us. Amen

God Speed,
Andy Ricketts
Director of Post 79 ALR

From the Club Manager:

Menu & Events Calendar

Dates to Remember:

4th – SAL Meeting 6pm
7th – Legion Pizza Night 5-8pm
8th – Army/Navy Game & Chili Cookoff
10th – Legion/AUX meeting 7pm
14th – SAL Steak & Catfish Dinner 5-8pm
16th – Kids Christmas Party Lunch @ 12:30, Santa @ 2:00, Prime Rib 4-7
18th – ALR Burger/Pork Chop Dinner 5:30-8pm
22nd – Legion Christmas Party, 7:00 Pitch-in Apps, Ugly Sweater, $10 White Elephant Exch.
24th – Post closes at 6pm
25th – CLOSED
26th – NO LUNCH, Post opens at 2:00pm
28th – Adult Karaoke 8-12
31st – New Years Eve Party, Pitch-in apps 7:00pm