* Fund-Raising, Post 1799. Call Finance Officer Bill Walsh at 703-743-1343. See Post Calendar.
* 2021 is "Legionnaires Get Fit" for American Legion Post 1799. Encourage your family members too!
Welcome to American Legion Post 1799's website. Veterans are invited to contact the Post Adjutant (see CONTACT page) for joining the American Legion. All visitors interested in contacting Post 1799 are invited to contact the Post Adjutant. We are proud to be in the 16th District of the Department of Virginia.
Apply today to join the American Legion and Post 1799 with this application. Just download! The instructions are on the application. All honorably discharged or still serving US veterans are now eligible.
Post Executive Committee Meeting
20 October 2021:
* 6:30PM. Live Meeting * Masonic Lodge Haymarket
* Post Membership welcome to EXCOM business meetings.
* 4th WED each month
* Project planning & reports
1 July 2021 - 30 June 2022. The 2021 American Legion Membership Campaign and Year kicks off 1 July 2021. Current members will receive post card reminders from National Headquarters to renew. Of course, the quickest and best way to renew is to visit the renewal website at: http://www.legion.org/renew You will need your Membership ID# on your Membership Card and a credit card. The 2021 membership fee is $40.00. The National website has an easy option to "Pay Up For Life," including the fee calculator.
You can also pay directly by sending a check ($40) to American Legion Post 1799, ATTN: Adjutant, 13380 Fieldstone Way, Gainesville, VA 20155.
Defenders of the 1st Amendment.
Prior to the start of any official Post meeting, our tradition is to encourage veterans to address any issue. During the official Post meetings, partisan party politics are not encouraged in keeping with American Legion HQ guidance. The American Legion stands for American patriotism - without partisan party rancor at official meetings. Identification as a veteran is expected.
In Virginia, we have elections annually and every Legionnaire is encouraged to vote.
Post Fund-Raising at public sites restarted in SEP 2021. Donors & volunteers should contact Post Finance Officer Bill Walsh at 703-743-1343 for updates.
Did you know - All honorably discharged veterans, including Reserves, are eligible to register online and shop at the online exchanges the same way customers shop Amazon. The benefit does not include family members. For all the details and how to get started, go to:
Post face-to-face meetings are held for Post Membership Meetings. Business can still be conducted by emails, text messaging, phone calls, and video-conferencing (Zoom) Direct any questions to;
Veterans Help Veterans! Check on your fellow veterans to see if they need assistance. Contact the Post.
Future EXCOM meetings will be the 4th Thursday of each month. Future General Membership meetings will be the 4th Saturday - every two months..(Exceptions directed by EXCOM.)
Weekly Post IHOP Breakfast, Gainesville
Thursday at 9:30 AM
Your fellow Legionnaires are enjoying this weekly event so come join us for good comradeship.
Eligibility Information for the American Legion
If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces since December 7, 1941, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving - you are eligible for membership in The American Legion!
*Because eligibility dates remain open, all active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
**U.S. Merchant Marine eligible only from December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (WWII).
Legionnaires! Get Fit for 2021!
American Legion Post 1799 is once again participating in the 100 Miles for Hope and helping to raise funds for the American Legion Veterans and Children Foundation. The event is a little different this year, and it starts on 1 April and runs through 6 September. Please join us in this event by registering at www.kilterrewards.com select “join event’ and scroll down to the American Legion 100 Miles for Hope. Rather than miles, per se, the event is tracking activities of at least 30 minutes. The activities can be walking, running, bicycling, swimming, elliptical trainer, dancing, or a number of other activities listed on the website. The idea is that while you are out enjoying some daily wellness activity you will also be helping the American Legion serve Veterans and their families through the America Legion Veterans and Children Foundation. If you register to participate, please let Ward Nickisch know ([email protected]) as he is collecting the information on our participation. Also try: https://www.legion.org/100miles/getstarted
On 23 March 2021, the American Legion presented $10,000 to the Willing Warriors Retreat, Haymarket, thanks to Post 1799 Liaison Thomas Henning. This is the third such American Legion award to the Retreat, all thanks to the efforts of Legionnaire Thomas Henning. We are grateful to Tom Henning for his sustained outstanding performance.
America Legion Post 1799 Elections
On 26 June 2021, in accordance with American Legion guidance and Post Bylaws, Post membership elected the following Legionnaires to lead the Post in 2021-2022. The vote was unanimous.
Commander Ward Nickisch
1st Vice Commander Robert "Rob" Brock
2nd Vice Commander Charles "Buddy" Wagner
Adjutant Dennis Corrigan
Sergeant-at-Arms John Schortemeyer
Finance Officer William "Bill" Walsh
Judge Advocate Robert "Bob" Wyman
Service Officer Gregory "Greg" Alexander
Chaplain Glenn "Curt" Hackett
Public Relations Officer Irwin Lazar
Haymarket Day Parade & Post Booth is Saturday, 16 October. Post Commander invites all Legionnaires to support the event. Please read his letter below.
Wreaths Across America - 2021
Our 19Dec20 participation in the Wreaths Across America was a big success! We are participating in the 2021 program. Our Post leadership thanks all who donate time and funds!
POC is Legionnaire John Schortemeyer, 703-754-7650.
American Legion Post 1799 will be participating in Haymarket Day on Saturday, 16 October, with a booth and a unit in the parade.
At the booth we will greet attendees, hand out information about the Post, encourage Veterans to join the Post, hand out flags, and engage in fundraising with a donation jar. Our booth is assigned space #126 which will be located on Washington Street in the vicinity of the Haymarket Baptist Church. Additionally, we are entered in the parade in which we will have two convertibles (with Post 1799 signage on the sides) for a couple of members to ride, and we need to have other members who will be walking with flags and banner, etc. alongside the cars.
The booth will be set up between 7:00 – 9:00 am and will operate all day until 4:00 pm. Those riding or walking in the parade should gather and be in position at the Parade Staging Area - Aldi parking lot (formerly Food Lion), 7601 Lea Berry Way, Haymarket, by 9:30 am. The parade kicks off at 10:00 am.
Accordingly, we need volunteers for that day. Please consider supporting the Post by participating in the parade (we need a strong showing) and then donating an hour or two during the day to help staff the booth. I would encourage you to join our members by wearing a navy blue sport/polo shirt or blouse with khaki or light tan pants/skirt, but don’t let the suggested attire stop you from participating….come and join us!
Please let me know by return email if you will be able to 1) join us for the parade and 2) what times you will be able to help staff the booth (e.g., all day, 10-12, 1-2, 1-4, etc.). That way I hope we will be able to ensure sufficient coverage. If you can let me know by 13 October it will be appreciated.