Wreaths Across America

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, the organization Wreaths Across America brought thousands of Christmas wreaths to be laid at the tombstone markers of Christian service members who are buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  For more information about this organization, visit their website, http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/.

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Extortion 17 was the call sign for the CH-47 Chinook helicopter which crashed as the result of an insurgent attack in Wardak province, Afghanistan, on August 6, 2011.  The crash caused the death of 38 special operations servicemen.  This was the single largest loss of U.S.  service members in Afghanistan.


Results of the Teddy Bear 5K Run and 1K Run/Walk

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center held their annual Teddy Bear 5K Run and 1K Run/Walk race.   The race was a great success with 200 runners and walkers which is nearly 100 more than last year.  The Children’s Center raised over $25,000 for their annual fund through sponsorships, runner/walker registrations, donations, sales, and silent auction.  The Children’s Center was grateful to have volunteers take part such as the Falls Church Police Department, George Mason and George Marshall High Schools, Chesterbrook Elementary School, and the American Legion Post 130.

Proceeds of the race help keep the Children’s Center a full-time, year-round education program at a rate that is affordable for the community’s low-income, working parents so they can continue to work to provide for their families.   While the parents are at work, the Children’s Center provides 73 children with two nutritious meals each day and guides them to build their skills to expected levels so they can be successful in school.   Research shows that children from low-income families who are at risk of failing in school can overcome the developmental delays that are due to their families’ low income if they are able to attend a high quality preschool like the Children’s Center.

For more information about the Center, click on Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center website.


Let’s help World War II veterans of Wisconsin visit the Nation’s Capital.

Please come out and support the “fun”-raising event for the Badger Honor Flight program which raises funds and brings World War II veterans in Wisconsin to Washington, DC and Arlington to visit the WWII memorial and Arlington National Cemetery.  This posting is also listed on Post 130’s events calendar.

Print a flyer here: BHF fun-raiser invite final 2014

BHF fun-raiser invite final 2014

This Saturday, October 4: Horseshoe Tournament

Come on out to Post 130 (400 N. Oak Street, Falls Church) on Saturday, October 4 for a horseshoe tournament!  Fun, food, and more!

Advanced registration is $10 (ends October 2) and regular registration is $15.

Check-in and registration starts at noon.  Tournament begins at 1 p.m.

For more information, call the Post at 703-533-1945 and ask for Bob Simpson.


The American Legion Family at Post 130


The American Legion as a national organization and Post 130 in Falls Church are deeply tied into the community on many levels and in many ways.  Post 130 invites you to research the significance of each of these organizations.  From veterans care to fostering civic engagement, the Legion believes in a strong civil society and a healthy community.

Falls Church mourns the loss of Major General Harold J. Greene

It is with great sadness that the American Legion Post 130 learned of the death of Major General Harold J. Greene.  MG Greene was the Deputy Commanding General for the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and was killed by an apparent insider attack in Kabul on Tuesday, August 5, 2014.  He was a resident of Falls Church, Virginia.

For more information, read the Washington Post article here.

A great pig roast to celebrate the first day of summer!

Post 130 wants to thank everyone for coming out and enjoying the great food at our Pig Roast 2014 on Saturday, June 21.  We had about 50 guests who enjoyed fresh roasted pig with all the fixings.  After the meal, guests also enjoyed axe throwing in preparation for the Lizzie Borden Axe Throwing Contest set for Saturday, August 2.

We also want to thank Red, Hot, and Blue restaurant for generously donating several food items to the Pig Roast.  As always, their food is fantastic and it’s a delight to savor their work.  If you’re in the mood for great barbecue, please drop by the restaurant at 169 Hillwood Ave, Falls Church, Virginia.

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Update: Post Revitalization and Smoking

On June 11, 2014 at the Post 130 General Membership meeting, the attending members voted on the following motion:

“Starting July 1, 2014, no smoking is permitted in the Post 130 building with the exception of the pool room. Smoking is permitted in the pool room until one month after the patio is renovated at which time the patio will be the designated smoking area. The patio will be renovated to the following standard: 1) debris will be removed from the patio, 2) the floor will be power-washed, 3) overhead cover will be provided, 4) the cinder block border will be cleaned or repainted, 5) outdoor speakers will be installed, and 6) in the winter outdoor propane heaters will be provided.”

A roll call vote was taken and the motion passed with 11 “ayes” and 7 “nays.”

The officers of Post 130 thank the members for attending and providing their views on this matter.  To read the meeting minutes, click on the “members” page and open the document “Post 130 General Membership meeting minutes June 11 2014.”

Update: Post 130 prohibits smoking indoors starting July 1


June 3, 2014
Members of Post 130,

Many of you are aware that the Executive Committee voted to ban smoking indoors and some may have concerns about this. Here’s a quick overview:

  • Smoking inside the Post 130 building is prohibited starting July 1.
  • This does not include using dip, chewing tobacco or nicotine replacement devices.
  • People are allowed to smoke outside as long as they use a cigarette receptacle.
  • Accommodations will be made outside for smokers to use the patio. We want to know how we can make the patio and other spaces comfortable for smokers such as seating, tables, and shade.

Why did Post 130 decide to prohibit smoking indoors?

  • Post 130 is about to start soliciting donations from businesses in the area to renovate the Post 130 building. Businesses are not going to donate money or materials if they know smoking is going to take place as soon as remodeling occurs. We need to show them we are serious about our organization.
  • We want Post 130 to be around for many, many years. Recruiting the newest generation of veterans requires us to make the place appealing to them which means eliminating smoking.
  • The smell of smoke is a deterrent from people coming into Post 130. This affects membership and revenue.
  • 70% of smokers want to quit smoking and 46% make an attempt every year. Post 130 wants to help, not make it more difficult.
  • Post 130 wants to be a role model for youth such as Boy Scouts.

What’s next?

  • If you want to be a part of the process or provide input, please come to the next meeting which is Wednesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Quick facts:

  • 1986: Smoking was banned in basic training.
  • 1997: Smoking was banned in all government owned and leased facilities.
  • Currently, about 30% of active duty military smoke. The Department of Defense wanted the number to be 12% by 2010 but did not achieve this goal.