For a number of years our post has collected worn and faded American flags for proper retirement (disposal). One flag of the many we have collected will be disposed of by burning commensurate with a traditional dignified ceremony performed by the Bluffton High School JROTC. The ceremony is open to all and will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 in the field next to Bluffton High School. If you have a flag to be retired, call Art Ranta at 843-757-7918.
Stand Up! Be Heard!
There were no announcements or postings for January 2016.
On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, from 10 AM to 2 PM on the North End State House steps, "Rally for our Veterans" will feature a speech by Major General Steve Siegfried, Retired, honoring all Vietnam veterans. See the attached flyer.
The Dennis J. Becker American Legion Post 205 will conduct its first Memorial Day Ceremony on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2016. It will be a solemn event, befitting the occasion, not a celebratory event like a parade. It will be held in the open area outside the Bluffton Police Department Headquarters on Buckwalter Parkway. The center of focus will be the flagpole where the American Flag will be raised from half-staff to full-staff at noon. In accordance with United States Code Title 4, Chapter 1, the flag, when flown at half staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.
Click here to see or print a copy of the program.
The ceremony will start at 11 AM and culminate at noon with the flag ceremony.
We are unsure of how much seating we will be able to provide, so bring a chair.
There were no announcements or postings for August 2016.
There were no announcements or postings for June 2016.
There were no announcements or postings for October 2016.
Welcome Home Salute - A Night with the Miracles
There were no announcements or postings for July 2016.
Post 205 Auxiliary Officer Installation
Veterans Day Parade
Grand Opening of the DoD-VA Physical Therapy Clinic
Symposium on the Vietnam War
Thanks to a number of donors, the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center is hosting a concert on May 7, 2016 at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418, with events starting at 4:15 PM. The concert features the Miracles. See the attached poster. This is a combined Welcome Home for post-9/11 Veterans and a Vietnam Commemorative event, but Veterans of all eras are welcome. Tickets are FREE for Veterans and the general public and available at or by contacting the Voluntary Services Office at the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, 109 Bee Street, Charleston, SC 29401. There is more info on the VAMC webpage.
Flag Retirement Ceremony
Memorial Day Ceremony
The Dennis J. Becker American Legion Post 205 will hold an eleventh anniversary golf tournament on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Rose Hill Golf Club. This fund-raising event is so critical in meeting many of our short and long-range goals that we have dedicated an entire web page to it. Click here to go the page.
There were no announcements or postings for December 2016.
On Saturday, March 5, 2016, our Auxiliary installed its first slate of officers. The installation was held at Caddys in Rose Hill at 11 AM. A buffet lunch was served. Teresia R. Hayes, President of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of South Carolina, officiated. The Auxiliary's web page contains the slate of officers and photos of the ceremony.
The Ralph H. Johnson VAMC has partnered with Patriots Point to host a symposium on the Vietnam War and Veterans who fought in Vietnam on November 17, 2016. The symposium will focus on local Veterans who did unique or extraordinary things in Vietnam. Tonya C. Lobbestael, the public affairs officer at the Charleston VAMC, is working to collect recommendations on individuals to include as panelists (there will be a total of 4 panelists including LT Clebe McClary, Ralph Johnson's platoon leader), and veteran stories to tell via video during the event. Ideally, the panelists will have either a very unique story to tell or will have done a job in Vietnam that was rather unique, i.e. a tunnel rat, a former POW, a field medic, etc. The theme is Heroes Among Us ... Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things. For the video portion VAMC is looking for strong stories of veterans who served in a variety of capacities and for local veterans to contact for either video interview or possible inclusion in the panel? A crowd of 600+ is anticipated for the event and they are also inviting the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of the VA (anticipate the Deputy Secretary will attend). Ms. Lobbestael would be more than happy to either meet with you or talk by phone to flesh out ideas. She can be contacted at 843-789-7699 (office), 843-214-9504 (cell), or via email.
The Naval Hospital Beaufort and Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center cordially invite you to attend the grand opening ceremony of the DoD-VA Physical Therapy Clinic on Thursday, May 19 at 11:30 AM at Naval Hospital Beaufort located at 1 Pinckey Road in Beaufort, SC. The ceremony will take place on the side lawn. Reception and tours immediately following ceremony. RSVP using this link to ensure base access.
50th Anniversary Vietnam Commemorative Event
Post 205 will conduct its annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Bluffton on Friday, November 11. Details on this event are contained here.
Most Letters to Military Personnel
11th Anniversary Golf Tournament
On Tuesday, March 29 at 11 AM at the Grace Church Cathedral In Charleston the Rebecca Motte Chapter of the DAR and Grace Church Cathedral are sponsoring the event shown in the attached flyer to honor all Vietnam era veterans. The commemorative lapel pin will be given to these veterans during the ceremony. March 29th is the anniversary of the last day American troops were on the ground in Vietnam. Honor this group of American heroes as well as to remember those POW/MIAs and others who never returned. The event is free and open to the public.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is staging an official Guinness World Record attempt for most letters to military personnel collected in one month. The attached flyer provides details on this event. An official from DAR will be at our meeting on Monday, February 1, 2016 to provide details.