Happy Holidays to everyone. I hope you have a moment during this busy time of year to sit back and reflect on all the incredible things we have done at Post 247 this year. If you think back to January 2017 we truly have accomplished some spectacular things, I can try and list some of them… We started the year with our first-ever oratorical contest and our winner represented the District at the Northern Region competition. We held our now Annual Four Chaplains Ceremony, we held 3 Red Cross Blood Drives, Multiple Flea Markets/Vendor sales bringing in hundreds of new people to our facility. During a building cleanup day we met a veteran who stopped by the post to take a picture because he met his wife at our post over 50 years ago while attending a dance. SSGT ISKY Brown and Sgt Wess Brown were featured in numerous news articles, to include a LIVE appearance on Fox and Friends. We were invited to, and became members of, the Southern Fauquier Business Owners Association. One of our Charter Members, Harold J. Davis was honored as Hometown Hero 2017. We successfully renamed our post in honor of Harold J. Davis. Our landscaping project was featured in Eagle Bay magazine and website as Hardscape of the Year. We hosted our first, of what has become a quarterly, Food Auction. The Green Bow Foundation built an archery range on our property complete with backstop and lighting. We reached 100% membership goal again. We had a great summer supporting the Remington Movie Nights. Our Chaplain, Wayne Robinson was awarded the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award. We had three members graduate from Legion College. Our Lou Alleman Memorial Golf Tournament was the greatest fund raising event in our history. We began a new program “Breakfast Buddies” eating breakfast with children at M.M. Pierce Elementary. Our own Wayne Robinson was the Grand Marshall for the Bealeton Holiday Parade. Our Adjutant, Darlene Constant was awarded the Fauquier County Citizen of the Year Award, and on and on.
Fostering a strong bond within our local community, the children and veterans, while partnering with fellow veteran organizations to bring about some great change in our area has been a goal of mine and I believe we have met that goal. Our partnership with the Town of Remington is stronger than ever before. Devotion to Mutual helpfulness is within our preamble and it is something we have been extremely successful in this year. I could type longer about all the things we did or participated in, but I will stop now and let each of you remember and reflect back.
As we move forward we set our sights on continued growth. Finding more veterans to join our organization and be a part of the great things we do. We are blessed with some truly incredible veterans within our post who donate many hours of precious time to supporting our programs and I cannot thank you all enough. So much goes on behind the scenes to make the post “tick” and it is the dedication to one another that makes this so much fun to do. The holidays are a time to look back in retrospect and smile, laugh, and even cry. But as the calendar turns so must our post. Let’s look forward to a new year of great opportunity and seize this very opportunity to grow our Post, our community partnership and our citizenship.
Thank you all for your service to your country and your continued support of Harold J. Davis Post 247. Thank you for allowing me to be Post Commander.
For God and Country,
Brian Scannon, Commander, USAF (Ret)
Remington, Harold J. Davis Post 247