by Fleetfang on Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:44 am
October is Bullying Prevention Month, and the 501st Legion is kicking off a new anti-bullying initiative with a contest on the Legion's Facebook page! We are challenging all of our members and fans to create and share anti-bullying posters with a Star Wars theme.
You can use whatever medium helps you to create the poster you've envisioned (pencils, inks, paints, photos, etc), and make whatever statement speaks most strongly to you - simple messages, detailed calls to action, words of support, pithy slogans, memes... Every idea helps spread awareness and a message that the 501st Legion does not tolerate oppression!
And at the end of the month, the person who has created the best poster will win a 501st Legion logo flag!
To enter, just post your image on the 501st Legion's Facebook wall at www.facebook.com/The501stLegion
The deadline for entry is October 31st, so get started! Let's see what you've got, troopers!
by Fleetfang on Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:50 am
Charles (Chuck) Flynn (TK-1427) of the MidSouth Garrison passed away on 27 July, 2013. Chuck was passionate about the 501st Legion and loved the camaraderie and good works he and his garrison mates achieved together. He also served the MidSouth Garrison as merchandising officer in 2010.
Chuck is survived by his wife Trish and two sons. Donations towards the care of Chuck’s children are being accepted at all Wells Fargo Bank locations under the name of his older son Tyler Flynn, DOB 17th of July, 2000.
It is with great pride that we enter Chuck’s name into the Hall of Eternal Legionnaires.
by Fleetfang on Wed Sep 04, 2013 11:21 am
Bill "ASOK" Warren, BH-7718, of Bloodfin Garrison!
Bill’s contributions to the Legion and the entire costuming community were without equal. He was one of the most active members of the Bloodfin Garrison, serving on command staff for several years, and his passion for Star Wars and props was well known. Bill’s work on earth was tragically cut short on July 26, but in his last days, the garrison turned out in force from across Indiana. They came every day to visit him in the hospital, but also to give strength and support to his family and to one another. They shared food, comfort, and love in an extremely difficult time. In his final days, Bill brought the garrison together and reminded them what it really means to be brothers and sisters of the Legion. The July 2013 Trooper of the Month award is presented posthumously to Bill Warren. Dawn has accepted it on behalf of him, and dedicates it to all of Bloodfin Garrison, as she knows would be Bill’s wish.
Our very worthy runners-up for July included:
Jon Leopold, TK-5037, of Great Lakes Garrison, and Erich Shafer, RC-6124, of New England Garrison, who both have been working for the betterment of their garrisons and the Legion for years;
Anna Malinová, SL-2896, of Czech Garrison, who has tirelessly acted to create costumes for aspiring new members; Chris Cecil, TK-7293, of SoCal Garrison, who represented the Legion with professional grace when he was assaulted by pranksters during a charity event; and Todd Lechniak, TK-7032, and Willy Leitner, TK-8964, of Garrison Carida, who acted as first responders at an accident, saving the life of a stranger.
Congratulations to everyone! You are what keep the Legion strong!
by Fleetfang on Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:10 pm
Every saga has a beginning... not every saga has to end.
The 2004, the independent film Saving Star Wars told the fictional story of two fans who accidentally kidnapped George Lucas to honor the wish of an sick child who wanted to see nine Star Wars movies. Now, with the announcement of the new sequel trilogy in the works, filmmaker Gary L. Wood, Dave Prowse, and the 501st Legion are teaming up to benefit Make-A-Wish America, with $2 from each viewing of Saving Star Wars going to charity for a limited time!
So grab your family and friends this holiday weekend, enjoy the movie that TheForce.Net called "A Must-See!" and help Make-A-Wish continue to make dreams come true! Learn more and watch the film instantly here: http://bit.ly/16SgTMQ
by Fleetfang on Fri Aug 30, 2013 10:35 am
Dragon Con was the very first true convention for the 501st Legion back in 1997, and the tradition continues this weekend!
We are participating in the "Meet the Fan Groups" and "Costuming Insights" panels as part of the Star Wars track and will, of course, be marching in force in the parade! Click here for all of the details! http://bit.ly/1a5ynNM
by Fleetfang on Sun Aug 11, 2013 1:05 pm
Steve Young (ID-5979) of the Southern Dewback Garrison passed away on 31 July, 2013. Steve was known locally for his sense of humour and his passion for costuming and charity work. A long-serving member, he was one of the corner stones of the South Australian convention scene and was respected and loved by others across Australia, making many trips to interstate events. It is with honour that we induct Steve into the 501st Legion's Hall of Eternal Legionnaires. Our thoughts go out to his wife Helena, who is a member of the Rebel Legion, and to all those who knew him.