“For God & Country”
aire Official Publications of The Wisconsin American Legion Family
November 6, 2014 Vol. 91, No. 9
The mission of The American Legion, Department Of Wisconsin is to provide service to veterans, their families and their communities.
1st District Silent March Marks 30th Anniversary Midwinter 2015 Approaches Over 100 Veterans and Civilians Participate in Event to Recognize POW/MIA’s Win Big in the New “Get One” Bounty Drawing In honor of POW/MIA Recognition Day (the third Friday in September), The American Legion Department of Wisconsin’s 1st District has held a silent march the day after POW/MIA Recognition Day for the past 30 years to honor the sacrifices made by America’s prisoners of war and those who are still missing in action. “The participants (veterans and civilians) walk in unison for less than a mile with reverent silence and the only sound to be heard is a lone drum beat,” said Bob Miller, POW/MIA chairman for the 1st District and a member
of Post No. 24 in Lake Geneva. “What we are trying to achieve is just recognizing and not forgetting.” The POW/MIA silent march, which is hosted by one of the forty-five 1st District posts each year, starts at 11 AM and is followed by a ceremony that features a guest speaker, the reading of Wisconsin MIA Vietnam War service members still unaccounted for and the release of black balloons. About 100 veterans and civilians participated in last month’s walk, carrying U.S. flags, the POW/MIA flag and a 16-by-20
The 1st District POW/MIA Silent March took place on Saturday, September 20th in Lake Geneva. Pictured here is Lake Geneva Post Commander Len Jegerski with Commander Robert Shappell and WDVA Secretary John Scocos.
About 100 veterans and civilians participated in last month’s Silent March, carrying US Flags, the POW/MIA Flag and a 16-by-20 foot POW banner that resides at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
foot POW banner that resides at Miller Park – home of the Milwaukee Brewers. The participants walked through residential neighborhoods in downtown Lake Geneva and ended at Post No. 24 where guest speaker John Scocos, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, provided remarks and the names of the 28 MIA Wisconsin servicemen from the Vietnam War were read. The reading of each name was accompanied by the release of a balloon and the ringing of a bell. Last year, 29 names were read but since then, the remains of U.S. Marine Merlin Raye Allen of Bayfield, Wisconsin were found and returned home. Balloons were also released in honor of all POW/MIA service members still unaccounted for. “It is a very moving observance and an appropriate manner in which to show our respect for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in captivity and for those missing in action whose fate is still undetermined,” Miller said. “We never play Taps during the ceremony because Taps means burial and the end of a (service member’s) story. Until they are identified, we always assume that they are still out there – there is always hope.” Miller said posts start planning in January for the event and promote it through stories in the local newspapers, business cards, invitations to posts and the selling of T-shirts that commemorate the event. Posts wanting information on how to model 1st District’s POW/MIA silent march should contact Bob Miller at email@example.com NOTE: During the 96th Annual National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., the Department of Wisconsin’s Resolution 208 was adopted which states that “The American Legion does hereby authorize and endorses the circulation of a petition calling upon the US Postal Service to produce a POW/MIA Remembrance Forever Stamp for use.”
The 2015 Midwinter Conference will be held at the Ho-Chunk Hotel, Casino and Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells January 15th – 18th. There’s something for everyone at this year’s Conference. The 2015 Midwinter will feature new training and exhibits along with special guests. The Americanism Programs Resource Center will help you learn how to promote traditional American values in your community through the programs of The American Legion. National American Legion staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide details on how you and your post can become involved. In addition the Midwinter Conference will also feature several exciting training sessions for Legionnaires at all levels of the organization. Briefings will include Care and Maintenance of the M1Garand rifle along with Funeral Honors training, membership recruiting and retention tips, sessions on the various Americanism pprograms g and Veterans Benefits.
This schedule is subject to change depending on demand. Legion members who sign up a new member, or renew any former member who has not paid for 2 years (since 2012) can qualify to win a First prize of $1,000 or a Second prize of $500 at the Conference. Simply sign up a new member, or renew any former member and enter you name. The drawing will take place on Saturday, January 17th at the Ho-Chunk Hotel, Casino and Convention Center in the Wisconsin Dells. There is no limit to the number of times an individual can qualify – recruiters get one chance for every new member they recruit. Please mark your calendars and save the dates of January 15th –18th, 2015. Bring your family and enjoy the indoor water parks, attractions and many activities offered in the Wisconsin Dells. Register and reserve your hotel room online at www.wilegion.org now and watch for more details in the next edition of the Badger Legionnaire.
2015 Membership Goal al 76.98% District 12 1st PLACE
75.09% District 6 2nd PLACE
74.08% District 10 4th PLACE
73.71% District 8 5th PLACE
71.94% District 2 7th PLACE
71.04% District 11 8th PLACE
69.04% District 7 10th PLACE
66.67% District 4 11th PLACE
74.70% District 9 3rd PLACE
72.45% District 3 6th PLACE
69.52% District 1 9th PLACE
61.46% District 5 12th PLACE
October 30th Total: 44,291 74.00%