American Legion Post 201 is the home of the north Georgia Chapter 576, Hilliard A. Wilbanks chapter of a Congressionally Chartered group of Combat Wounded Veterans.
Many people do not know of our group. We have departments in almost every State in the Nation. The Department of Georgia consists of 8 Chapters around the State.
Who loves his Country more than he who would shed his blood for that Country?
Chapter 576 meets on the 4th. Wednesday each month at 19:00 at American Legion Post 201.
The Commander Of The Purple Hearts Forum
At the regular meeting of the American Legion Post 201, November 16, 1999, Rosanna Bassett, read an e-mail which was sent to me from on of the military bases, concerning Jane Fonda, and her activities during the Viet Nam War. The commentary was critical of Ms. Fonda, who allegedly was to be honored as one of the One Hundred Women of the Century.
In a effort to clarify the issue and confirm that Ms. Fonda was indeed, to be honored, I contacted the Women's Editor of the Atlanta Constitution. The Editor was not aware that Ms. Fonda was being honored in such a manner. I was referred to Turner Broadcasting, and after a number of calls, I was referred to Ms. Fonda's personal secretary, who refused my call. I returned to Turner Broadcasting and was able to locate the young woman who schedules all of Ms. Fonda's media appearances. I was advised that Turner Broadcasting had aired a program in February, in which Ms. Fonda was honored as one of the most influential women. I asked about the nature of the honor, and learned that Ms. Fonda was honored for her leadership in securing women's roles in film making, and for her contribution to women's health, through her exercise and health programs. I specifically asked if any issues relating to patriotism, Americanism or politics were involved, and was assured that the emphasis was strictly related to influence of the honorees, upon women's issues.
I contacted Executive Board Chairman, Charles Turner, and we discussed the issue. We concluded that it would be counter-productive, as Legionnaires, to take a critical position against Ms. Fonda, under these particular circumstances. However, given that Ms. Fonda has chosen to reside in this area, we recommend that as Legionnaires we remain informed of any activities by Ms. Fonda, which we believe may not be in the best interest of POWs, or the American Legion.
Please let us know if you have any concerns, or questions concerning this issue
For God & Country.
Executive Board Chairman Post 201 and State Commander of The Purple Heart.