Memorial Day 2018
We are an American Legion post dedicated to helping other veterans within our community in Loudoun County, VA. Our primary focus is 100% Americanism.
The Leonard W. Kidd Memorial American Legion Post 2001, founded in 2000, was named in honor of the only Ashburn, Virginia resident killed during the Vietnam War. Our post assists veterans in need with financial emergency funds through the Legion's Family Support Network.; providing aid to service personnel and families who were and are directly affected by Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom in America's Global War on Terrorism. We support our returning wounded veterans through financial contributions to the Walter Reed National Medical Center & are especially proud to be an annual donor of the Boulder Crest Retreat for Military and Veteran Wellness located in Bluemont, Virginia within Loudoun County.
In addition, our American Legion Post also actively supports the Legion's Boys State and Girl's State programs and American Legion Baseball originally initiated by the Legion in 1925. Post 2001 began sponsoring the Ashburn Knights baseball team in 2011.
Memorial Day 2018
The Leonard W. Kidd Memorial American Legion Post 2001 is a 501(c)19 veterans organization. Post 2001, located in Ashburn, Virginia, provides aid to veterans, service personnel and families in need with financial emergency funds through our Posts Family Support Network.
Please consider donating to Post 2001 and help a veteran today!
American Legion Post 2001 - Ashburn, Virginia
Attention Local Veterans. Do you need help with a VA claim or other type assistance? We can help. Contact our VSO helpline at (571) 594-4336.
The next Veterans Business Owners Referral Group is scheduled for 21 March 2018 at 1900 (7pm) at Weichert Realtors, 20135 Lakeview Center Plaza Suite 100, Ashburn, VA 20147. Hope to see you all there!
Thank you to the Legionnaires and supporters who helped with the litter patrol along our section of Claiborne Parkway this weekend!
Our monthly meeting is tomorrow Thursday 8 February at 7:30 pm at the at the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Station 6, 20688 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA 20147. Please see the attached agenda and review the announcements (even if you cannot make the meeting) at the end of the agenda. Hope to see you there!
On Saturday 10 February we will conduct our Adopt-a-Highway litter patrol. We will meet in the Junction Plaza parking lot (Ashburn Farm Giant shopping center, corner of Claiborne and Ashburn Farm Parkway – park near the gas station) at 08:30 and pick up litter along our adopted section of Claiborne Parkway from Ashburn Farm Parkway up to Hay Road & back. Wear good walking shoes and bring your grabber reaching tool (so you can pick up litter without bending) if you have one. Contact Legionnaire Ron Milberg for more details.
February is already here and there are several activities for this week.
Thursday 8 February Monthly Meeting: The next general meeting of American Legion Post 2001 will be at 1930 hours, 8 February 2018, at the Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Station 6, 20688 Ashburn Road, Ashburn, VA 20147. Please review the minutes from December and January - if you have additions/corrections please forward to [email protected]
Saturday 10 February Adopt a Highway: Come rain or shine - we will meet in the Junction Plaza parking lot (Ashburn Farm Giant shopping center, corner of Claiborne and Ashburn Farm Parkway - park near the gas station) at 08:30 and pick up litter along our adopted section of Claiborne Parkway from Ashburn Farm Parkway up to Hay Road & back.
Wear good walking shoes and bring your grabber reaching tool (so you can pick up litter without bending) if you have one. Contact Legionnaire Ron Milberg for more details.
American Legion Post 2001 wishes all a prosperous 2018. Happy New Year!
Commander's holiday letter to Post 2001:
LEONARD W. KIDD MEMORIAL
AMERICAN LEGION POST 2001, Inc.
P.O. Box 1243
ASHBURN, VA 20146
Still Serving Other Veterans, Our Country & Our Community!
29 December, 2017
My Fellow Legionnaires,
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and Hanukkah season and were able to celebrate your holidays with family and friends! As we approach the 2018 New Year celebration, I thank for your support and involvement in our Post activities this past year. Please make “getting more involved with Post activities in 2018” one of your New Year’s resolutions. Add your time and talents to improve the tremendous work we’re doing, helping veterans and youth in our community, and fostering patriotism however we can. Keep “growing” the Post membership, especially as we approach the 100th anniversary of the American Legion. Please make a point of encouraging all vets you know or meet to join you as members of your Post.
The Post accomplished much in 2017: the Knights baseball team winning the District 16/17 championship again (a first in Loudon AL baseball history!) thanks to our excellent coaches; sending 8 boys and 13 girls to their respective Boys and Girls State summer programs following strong competition for scholarships among 5 Loudoun high schools; participating in and cosponsoring two large, formal Flag Retirement Ceremonies involving our Post-sponsored Cub pack and Boy Scouts; conducting a highly successful 4th Annual Salute to Loudoun County Veterans and Families, which raised both money for, and awareness of, vets and families in need; holding two highly successful Memorial Day and Veterans Day Poppy Distributions that garnered several thousand dollars in contributions from generous Ashburn residents; partnering to make poppies for distribution with several young citizens, and youth organizations; keeping our “adopted highway” section of Claiborne Parkway clean on a quarterly basis; assisting a patriotic flag pole project for a near-by high school’s athletic field; and providing a multi-echelon element to march in the Leesburg 4th of July Parade!
We can also celebrate that over $10,000 to vets in need/military support organizations and $12,000 for support to Youth and Patriotism programs were distributed! Ashburn Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department (AVFRD, 20688 Ashburn Rd, Ashburn, VA 20147) became our meeting place in January, and later this year, we presented them the POW/MIA flag you now see flying beneath the American flag at the front of the station.
As always and especially in this holiday season, please keep our Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard personnel who are away from home and loved ones in your thoughts and prayers. Also remember those comrades who have preceded us to Post Everlasting and our comrades suffering personal losses.
Cathy and I wish all of you and yours a wonderful and Happy New Year!
For God and Country,
My Fellow Legionnaires:
Despite the greatly varying differences of opinion and unrest in our Country that the news portrays, most Americans fully appreciate the gift of Liberty with which we have been blessed.
That "gift" was earned by dedicated patriots and heroes who fought for it and sacrificed for it, and continue to do so today, so that we may still enjoy it. That alone is enough reason to give thanks to our Creator.
As you join with families and friends on Thanksgiving, please remember those Comrades who are posted around the world on active duty, those still suffering the ravages of both visible and hidden wounds, others who have lost loved ones, or our have gone on to Post Eternal.
Give thanks that they were/are part of, and enabled us to have, so much that we have today.
Best wishes to you and your families for a meaningful and gratifying Thanksgiving.
For God and Country,
Leonard W. Kidd Memorial Post 2001
The American Legion
Post 2001 braves the cold to hand out poppies on Veterans Day.
Thank you to the Ashburn community for your support. Post 2001 handing out poppies to remember those who gave their lives for this country, as well as those who served and are serving.
Thanks to the Legionnaires (and supporters) who assisted with the Adopt A Highway patrol today! Kudos to Legionnaires Ron, Randy, Joe, and Norm and our supporter Dianna!
The weather is cooperating for our Adopt A Highway litter pickup.
Keeping Ashburn looking good!
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LTC MARTIN ROBERT BECK WILL BE HONORED AS ONE OF THE BRAVE MEN THAT GAVE ALL IN THE LINE OF DUTY ON 24 JULY 1969 IN SOUTH VIETNAM THIS DAY IN 1969 .
MARTIN R BECK WAS BORN ON 30 AUGUST 1925 AND GREW UP IN GAINESVILLE , FLORIDA . AFTER GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL ,HE ATTENDED FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY . WITH HIS COLLEGE GRADUATION BEHIND HIM , HE ENLISTED INTO THE ARMY IN GAINESVILLE . HE SPENT 22 YEARS IN THE ARMY , FIGHTING IN WORLD WAR II , KOREAN WAR , AND THEN BEGAN HIS TOUR OF DUTY IN VIETNAM ON 28 APRIL 1969 AS A MARRIED , 43 YEAR OLD INFANTRY LTC ASSIGNED AS COMMANDER OF DETACHMENT B-41 ( MOC HOA ) 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP , USARV .
ON 24 JULY 1969 , A US HELICOPTER UH-10 ( TAIL NUMBER 66-00879 ) FROM THE 175TH ASSAULT HELICOPTER COMPANY WAS DESTROYED BY A SEED BOMB THAT ACTIVATED WHEN THE HELICOPTER HOVERED ABOVE IT . THE HELICOPTER WAS FLOWN OUT TO A COMPLETELY UNTHREATENED ,REMOTE SPECIAL FORCES A-TEAM CAMP IN THE KIEN TUONG PROVINCE. THE HELICOPTER LANDED OUTSIDE THE CAMP'S DEFENSIVE PERIMETER ON AN UNSECURED CHOPPER PAD RIGHT ON TOP OF AN ARTILLERY SHELL THAT THE VIET CONG HAD FASHIONED INTO A LAND MINE . THERE WERE NO SURVIVORS .
THE CREW INCLUDED PILOTS WO JAMES D EARNEST , CAPT JOHN P ROE , CREW CHIEF SP4 ROBERT L GLASCOW , GUNNER ,SP4 ROBERT J WHITES , AND CREWMAN ,SGT FRANCIS M BEVERLY . THERE WERE TWO PASSENGERS ON BOARD FROM THE 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP , LTC MARTIN R BECK , COMMANDER OF B-TEAM ,B-41 ,AND CAPT LOUIS J GENESCO , THE NEW COMMANDER OF A -TEAM .HE HAD BEEN THE COMMANDER FOR ONLY TEN DAYS . LTC BECK'S BODY WAS RECOVERED .
THE VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL HONORS LTC MARTIN ROBERT BECK WITH HIS NAME INSCRIBED ON PANEL 20 WEST - ROW 38 .
VIETNAM REFLECTIONS -FALLEN HEROES THANKS LTC MARTIN R BECK FOR HIS LONG AND GALLANT SERVICE AND ACKNOWLEDGES AND APPRECIATES THE UNTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT LTC BECK , HIS LOVED ONES , AND FRIENDS GAVE FOR OUR COUNTRY.
**************************THE GREEN BERET**********************
" A SYMBOL OF EXCELLENCE , A BADGE OF COURAGE , A MARK OF DISTINCTION IN THE FIGHT FOR FREEDOM "
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