American Legion Post 1799 Named Gainesville Hero

November 8, 2012

On November 1, I was proud to present the American Legion Post 1799 in Haymarket with our latest Gainesville Hero Award.

At an event held for veterans at Regency, I had the honor of meeting several veterans from our area and was privileged to speak about the impact that veterans have on our nation and our county.

The American Legion Post 1799 and its members are perfect examples of what it means to live a life of community service.  While these men and women fought bravely and have sacrificed greatly for our nation, their impact is felt in our local community on a continual basis through the many programs that they sponsor and host.

I believe in the American Legion Post 1799 and their work that improves the quality of life in Haymarket.  Here is just sampling of their programs that are making an impact in Western Prince William County today.

– They are the charter sponsor for Boy Scouts of America Troop 1882.

– They provide flags to students in elementary schools.

– They sponsor an oratorical contest at Battlefield High School.

– They fund a program that teaches firearm safety.

– And many people know about their Boys State and Girls State Programs for high school students.

This just scratches the surface of what the American Legion is doing in our community.

It is for these reasons and more that I presented the American Legion Post 1799 with a certificate naming them a Gainesville Hero.

Their commitment to continual public service is an example to all of us.

Post Commander Mike High and Supervisor Pete Candland

Pete Candland and Membership Chairman Don Hirst

Don Hirst, U.S.A.F., Lt. Colonel, Retired, Thomas Hanton, and Pete Candland