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Memorial Day Service



A brisk May breeze whipped the flags above the Veterans Memorial near Seaborn Jones Park in Rockmart as a crowd gathered for the annual Memorial Day observance, hosted by American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12.

The program was opened when Auxiliary President Sheila Brinkley placed a wreath at the “Killed in Action” monument. Following a moment of silence, Dean Jarman and Joe Wallace led the advancement of colors and stood for the Pledge of Allegiance led by Post 12 Commander Vaden Underwood.

Keynote speaker was Bill Dempsey, a member of Post 47 in Calhoun. He spent 36 years in the National Guard and is a past Commander of the American Legion in Northwest Georgia.

His remarks retold the story of American’s fallen heroes and the legacy of these men and women.

“There are white crosses and unmarked or unknown graves throughout the world where brave Americans gave all they had to give for the freedoms we enjoy today,” he said.

Dempsey drew attention to the fact that they were real people with real families that will remember a life cut too short long after the battle is over.

He emphasized that no amount of thanks or sorrow can ever repay the loss, grief and knowledge of families who know their loved one will never return home.

Rev. Allen Carmichael reminded, during the prayer of benediction, that Memorial Day is not set aside for parties and celebrations on the beach, but to remember “sacrifices and hope that the lifeblood of these men and women was not spilt in vain . . . and that we continue to pray for peace as we remember those still serving both at home and abroad.”

The haunting melody of Taps - played by Maurice Sherman – gave a reminder of the truth in these words.

“Why do you look sad? a child asked as family members assisted an elderly man into a car parked near the site. He did not answer but a relative replied, “Pops is remembering another time and place . . .” 

Empty Stocking Fund 2014


Legion Post 12 distributes toys, fruit baskets during annual ESF program

Toy Drive 2014

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Toy Drive 2014

Volunteers with some of the toys collected during drive

Posted: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 2:00 pm

Legion Post 12 distributes toys, fruit baskets during annual ESF program


American Legion Brown-Wright Post 12 in Rockmart recently distributed toys and fruit baskets to conclude its annual Empty Stocking Fund (ESF) program.

According to Post 12 Commander Vaden Underwood and Post 12 Auxiliary President Shelia Brinkley, this year’s effort provided aid to 67 families by making sure that 140 children, aged 2 to 10, would receive toys for Christmas.

They expressed thanks to volunteers for their efforts and dedication in making this 70th year Empty Stocking Fund a success once again.

Additionally, they announced those who supported the drive with donations, including:

Meggitt PLC, Wal-Mart, Triangle Foods, Rockmart Lions Club, RaceWay, Eby-Brown, Polk County Cattleman Association, First Baptist Adult Sunday School Class, Slate City Shrine Club, El Nopal, George Lucas Family, and The American Legion Family. Rockmart Library, Van Wert and Eastside Elementary Schools assisted with distribution of applications.

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Thank you for visiting our web site. We encourage you to contact us if you would like more information or are interested in becoming a part of our organization.

You may reach us at:

Phone: (770) 684-2582

Mail: PO Box 229 Rockmart Ga. 30153
Adjutant: Dean Jarman (770) 382-8607

Membership Eligibility Requirements

April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918
(World War I)
December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946
(World War II)
June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955
(Korean War)
February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975
(Vietnam War)
August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984
December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990
(Operation Just Cause - Panama)
*August 2, 1990 to today
(Operation Desert Shield/Storm)


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