American Legion Post 1799's annual program, as reflected in our Post Calendar, is designed to serve our community and America's military veterans. Here are some highlights:
Assistance to Local Veterans' Families. Provide guidance for military veterans and their spouses concerning Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. We try to streamline the the application process through experience.
Haymarket BSA Cub Pack 107. Starting in 2014, Post 1799 is the charter sponsor of Gravely Elementary's BSA Cub Pack 107. Our Post Liaison is Legionnaire Charles Hillon, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cub Pack Committee Chair is Lauren Laviollette. Cub Pack 107 meets at Gravely Elementary School. See details at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1590315127888766/
Haymarket Day. Annually, our Post participated in this community event with a booth featuring an interesting militaria display. Cost terminated our booth effort until booth rental was reduced in 2017. Starting in 2010, Post Legionnaires also had several units in the parade. In our home community - we have enthusiastic support for our efforts.
Junior Shooting Sports Program. Annually, Post 1799 commits funds to encourage American youth to participate in this American Legion program. In recent years, we have provided funds for the 4-H Trigger Time Club. Trigger Time develops youth teamwork, responsibility, self-confidence and decision-making through shooting education. Trigger Time conducts safety and education programs for air rifle, small bore rifle, archery, skeet and trap, black powder, hunter education and wildlife conservation. http://triggertime.pbworks.com/w/page/22469183/FrontPage
Children and Youth Program. Every year, we contribute time and funds to various programs. We provide flag kits to local elementary schools to teach allegiance, liberty, and sacrifice. We provide funding to the local 40&8 Voiture which manages the "Flags for First Graders" program for our local elementary schools.
Poppies. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, the Post participates in a long-running American Legion tradition, in which Legionnaires distribute "little red poppies," made by veterans within the American Veterans Hospitals. The poppies are symbolic of Flanders' Field, a WWI U.S. cemetery in Belgium. Our members set up a table only at local stores proud to honor America's military veterans.
Honor Flights. Our Nation's WWII generation is a national treasury. Post 1799 participates in escort duty for these honored American heroes while they visit the National WWII Memorial in DC - typically on a monthly basis during Spring, Summer, and Fall. It is a moving experience for all participants, as well as an honor. The program details are at www.honorflight.org.
Manassas Veterans Day Parade. Starting in 2011, we participated with a banner unit and marching unit in the region's largest Veterans Day Parade. In 2017, we participated with a VIP car. This is a great gathering of those who served America in difficult times.
Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Program. This American Legion program is a critical right of every American veteran. We served when our Country called. We still serve by voting to uphold our freedoms and our Constitution. In Virginia, we have important elections every year. Our GOTV program is active in out-reach and aggressively reminds veterans to VOTE!
Adopt-a-Highway Program. On a quarterly basis, starting in 2012, we assemble in James Long Park and collect all the trash along Route 15 in our VDOT assigned sector.
Post Blood Drive Program. On 20 April 2013, Post 1799 launched our first major blood drive. We exceeded the American Red Cross expections for contributions. We continue the annual commitment. This is a critical program to our community and our nation. Be a part of it!
Partnership Program with USAF Squadrons in Afghanistan. In Spring 2018, our Post established a partnership with the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron,Bagram Airbase, Afghanistan. Post 1799 is now in a partnership with the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Combat Squadron, Kandahar Airbase, Afghanistan. Post news releases have appeared in multiple media outlets, including the American Legion website: https://www.legion.org/troops/242859/legion-post-supports-troops-raises-awareness-about-their-mission
Boys-Girls State awardees from Battlefield High School & Patriot High School attended this year's big leadership event during 17-23 June 2018. Eight Delegates from American Legion Post 1799 Complete Virginia Boys and Girls State.
Six boys and two girls, sponsored by American Legion Post 1799 of Haymarket/Gainesville, have completed the Virginia Boys State and Girls State programs of the American Legion. Boys State, held at Radford University and Girls State, held at Longwood University, each from June 17-23, provides delegates with an immersive experience designed to enshrine within them with knowledge of the rights and privileges, duties, and responsibilities of citizens of Virginia. Delegates have the opportunity to run for election for various offices including mayor, city council, sheriff, Supreme Court justice, delegate, senator, attorney general, lieutenant governor, and governor. Attendees participate in legislative sessions designed to provide a real-world experience that simulates the functions of state government. In addition, delegates have the opportunity to participate in recreational activities ranging from band and chorus to athletics. Delegates are also afforded the opportunity to attend classes in public speaking and parliamentary procedures. This year’s guest speakers included Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, and Governor Ralph Northam as well as several members of the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate.
Post 1799 annually selects delegates from Battlefield and Patriot High Schools, based on the applicant’s academic performance, interest in civics, and demonstrated commitment to public and community service. This year’s Boys State attendees were Blake Brown (elected State Delegate), Casey Cho, Austin Gonzales (elected Mayor), Nathan Hakimpour (elected State Delegate), Norideen Hussny-Hunt, Robert Lazar (elected to City Council). Girls State attendees were Victoria Witmer and Clair Graser.
Contact Post Commander Richard Mention at email@example.com, 571-236-4921 for details.