By Kim Swindell Wood | June 14, 2018 11:27 am
Last Updated: June 14, 2018 at 11:28 am
This column is written by Hansel Moore, commander of the American Legion Post 207, in Spencer, Tennessee. It is to inform veterans and community members of news and events related the veterans in Van Buren County.
FLAG DAY June 14 also called National Flag Day, in the United States, a day honoring the national flag, observed on June 14. The holiday commemorates the date, in 1777, when the United States approved the design for its first national flag.
In 1916 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as the official date for Flag Day, and, in 1949, the U.S. Congress permanently established the date as National Flag Day. Although Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, Pennsylvania celebrates the day as a state holiday. Each year, the U.S. president delivers an address that proclaims the week of June 14 as National Flag Week, and all Americans are encouraged to fly U.S. flags during that week.
PTSD AWARENESS MONTH – PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. [www.ptsd.va.gov]. PTSD affects 10 percent of soldiers returning from combat. It can make life difficult for the individual and the family. There are a number of treatments options including therapy and pharmaceutical interventions. Make a call today.
LOCAL VETERAN RESOURCE – Clean Heart Veteran’s Outreach, at 17 East Maple St., Sparta, Tennessee 38583 is available to all veterans. There are a number of programs including resume completion and job skills evaluation, anger management, and parenting skills. These are programs for veterans hosted by veterans. (931) -837-5050
YES WE ARE ON FACEBOOK – There are those who don’t know that there is an American legion post in Van Buren County. It is our mission to change that. We have been growing during the past year, but have a strong desire to interact with ALL veterans throughout Van Buren County. So, if you know a veteran who is on Facebook, please share with them our information. American Legion Post 207
-The pledge of allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention, facing the flag, and saluting.
-When the national anthem is played or sung, citizens should stand at attention and salute at the first note and hold the salute through the last note. The salute is directed to the flag, if displayed, otherwise to the music.
AMERICAN LEGION POST 207 MEETING: Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of the Month. The next meeting for Post 207 will be 6 p.m., June 28. Meetings are held the post building, 158 Spring St., in Spencer, Tennessee. If you have any questions, contact Hansel Moore, commander, at (440) 361-0346.