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The Colony, Texas

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Holley-Riddle Post 21

Commanders Message

On Monday, July 30th we had a huge celebration at our new facility.  The sculpture depicting the raising of the American Flag at Iwo Jima, and which was signed by 1,400 veterans or family members here in The Colony, was dedicated.  As shown in the first picture below, we had, from right to left, Mayor Joe McCourry: Tim Gutierrez, CEO of Aerospace Professional Services; Donald Graves, WWII Vet who was at Iwo Jima as they raised the flag(!), and our Guest Speaker; Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Charles "Chuck" Pitman; Congressman Michael Burgess; and Post 21 Commander Dick Ensweiler.  Congressman Burgess is shown presenting the Mayor with a flag flown over our nation's capitol in honor of this day.  In the third picture Donald Graves is signing the flag pole at its highest point for a signature.  The final picture is the artwork which will be displayed in the hall outside of our meeting room.  
At our upcoming Post Meeting on August 9th, another big event will take place at our meeting site.  The 18 boys and 10 girls that we sent to Boys State and Girls State last month with the proceeds from our Golf Tournament last October will, along with their family members, attend our Post meeting.  The event will be preceded by a Barbecue cooked and provided by the Sons of the American Legion at 6:00 pm.  At 7:00 pm we will have a brief business meeting followed by the students telling us what they learned by attending Boys State and Girls State.  It will be a reaffirmation of why we spend the time and energy of sponsoring our golf tournament.
Big plans are currently underway to once again co-sponsor the Heroes Day event at 5 Star Park on Veterans Day, November 10th.  We will facilitate the 5-K, 10-K runs and one mile run/walk.  We will conduct the morning tribute to veterans.  We will have a table at the festival in the afternoon.  The Riders will host the Car, Truck and Bike Show.   And we will be a big part of the evening program which will feature the Sawyer Brown musical group.  We need lots of volunteers that day!  We need them in the morning to help with the run, during the morning tribute to Veterans, at our table during the carnival, and at the evening musical event.
It is an exciting time to be a member of Post 21.  Come to our meetings on the second Thursday of each month and find out what else we will be doing to help veterans, youth and the community.

Dick Ensweiler

​Commander Holley-Riddle Post 21