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As we get closer to the opening of the first floor of the American Legion in December, it’s fun to look back at the beginning of the American Legion Legacy Project and remember how far we have come. Here is a look back at some of the local publications that featured stories about the American Legion Post 37 and historic Hamblen property restoration.

Forward March, Inc. kicks off $2M renovation for Legion.

Renovation kick off continued

Kick off continued

Legacy Project

Facts about historic Hamblen Property

The American Legion Legacy Project would not be possible without our wonderful supporters and community. You can help us achieve our goal by donating today!

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High Heels and Hard Hats Fundraiser

On June 14, 2016, Forward March hosted High Heels and Hard Hats at the Historic Hamblen House to raise funds for the Legion Legacy Project. The event was an opportunity to showcase the progress of the restoration of the Historic Hamblen House, which American Legion Post 37 calls home.

Community members and leaders came together for an evening of fellowship and fundraising.


High Heels and Hard Hats attendees were given special passports which listed locations inside the historic building and were encouraged to visit each area for a stamp.











Forward March President Ron Birchall speaks at High Heels and Hard Hats fundraiser.

Forward March Secretary Nancy Birchall speaks during High Heels and Hard Hats fundraiser.

Forward March Board of Directors member Leigh Moorhouse speaks during High Heels and Hard Hats fundraiser.






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Forward March, Inc. Hosts “High Heels and Hard Hats” Fundraising Event on Flag Day, June 14, 2016

St. Augustine, Fla. (May 17, 2016) – On June 14, 1777, the U.S. flag was adopted by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution. As a result, our Stars and Stripes are honored each year with a celebration on Flag Day, June 14. The same day, June 14, is recognized as the U.S. Army’s birthday. So it is only fitting that on the Army’s birthday this year, Tuesday, June 14, St. Augustine non-profit Forward March, Inc. will host a fundraising event benefiting one of the nation’s oldest organizations serving veterans. Scheduled to be held from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, the “High Heels and Hard Hats” event will help fund the restoration, furnishing and preservation of the historic Hamblen House, home of the C.F. Hamblen American Legion Post #37, one of the oldest Legions in America.

The event will provide invited guests with an exclusive opportunity to learn first-hand from representatives of Forward March, Inc. and # Post 37 about the historic legacy of the building and its evolution as an iconic St. Augustine landmark. The Hamblen property is an architecturally-significant structure located in the most prominent section of the historic heart of St. Augustine at One Anderson Circle. The facility is one of the only Legions in the U.S. that is open to the public, and upon reopening after the restoration, will offer a full-service restaurant, lounge, and catering and banquet facilities, with picturesque water views of Matanzas Bay. This makes it an ideal venue for the planned military museum, which will also be part of the restoration project.

The event is the brainchild of former Green Beret and Forward March President Ron Birchall and his wife, Nancy, to raise funds for the restoration project. The site will be a self-sustaining facility that will serve as a welcome center for active duty military members as well as a focal point for civic and community engagement.

“The American Legion is committed to mentoring youth, advocating patriotism, and promoting continued devotion to our fellow military members and veterans,” said Ron Birchall. “The American Legion Post #37 will not only serve as the centerpiece for veteran services in the St. Augustine area, but will also help galvanize citizens’ efforts in support of those willing to put their lives on the line in service to our country.”

Forward March, Inc. is a non-profit dedicated to increasing public awareness of and growing interest in the historic military heritage of the greater St. Augustine area. The group hosts educational programs with an emphasis on youth, charitable activities and community involvement. It also supports archaeological and restoration projects such as The Legion Legacy Project. The A.D. Davis Construction Company is renovating the building and working with historic preservation architect Les Thomas, and with interior designer Susan Goedert.

The “High Heels and Hard Hats” event will include complimentary food and beverages, a behind-the-scenes hard hat tour of the site, and an opportunity for guests to contribute funds to various aspects of the project. Appropriate donor recognition will honor those who help make the project a reality. Those interested in attending the event or making a donation may contact Forward March, Inc. at (904) 794-2883. For more information, please visit

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Thank You To our Sponsors and Donors to the 2016 St. Augustine Military Ball

FORWARD MARCH And its Board of Trustees Send a GIANT DRUM ROLL and THANK YOU To our Sponsors and Donors to the 2016 ST AUGUSTINE MILITARY BALL

Special Ponce de Leon Sponsor
Sheriff David Shoar

Three Star Sponsors
D. Davis Construction Corporation
Ron and Nancy Birchall
Flagler College Inc

Two Star Sponsor
Reunion Bank

One Star Sponsors
Major General (Ret) Kennedy C. Bullard
Birchall and Company Real Estate
Louise Bird/ Jeffrey Leibovitz
Doug and Charlene Bunnell
Davis and Davis – Certified Public Accounts, P. A.
David and Diane Dugan
Turk & Judy Glazebrook
Herbie Wiles Insurance
BG(Ret) Jimmy Watson and Mrs. Nila Watson
Leonardi’s Nursery
Ron & Martha Mickler
Ed and Leigh Moorhouse
Leonard & Nancy Pellicer
Patricia Reilly
Art & Janet Runk
Tobacco Free Partnership of St. Johns County
Troika Design Studio
Dan & Helene Sullivan
VyStar Credit Union
Ray Yancey and Associates

Silent Auction Donors
Ballastone Inn, Savannah, GA
Battlefield Bed and Breakfast
Ron Birchall and George Linardos
Blackfly the Restaurant
Carter’s Jewelry
Claude’s Chocolates
Collage Restaurant
Cortello Salon
Tom Day
Dr. Ron Dixon
Susan Goedert, Ollivier’s Interiors
Harry’s Seafood, Bar & Grill
HW Davis Outfitters
Jackie Hird
La Cocina International Restaurant
Leonardi’s Nursery
London Looks Hair Design
Marsh Creek Country Club
Massey Services
Ed and Leigh Moorhouse
Neff Jewelers
Ocean Extreme Sports
Olde City Bathecary
Panache Salon
Leonard Pellicer
Perfect Places Jewelrs
PGA Tour

Special thanks to Whetstone Chocolates for our delicious favors.


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We Welcome the A.D. Davis Construction Company and Les Thomas To Our Project

We Welcome the A.D. Davis Construction Company and Les Thomas To Our Project

Forward March, Inc. and American Legion Post #37 welcome the A.D. Davis Construction Company and Historic Preservation Architect Les Thomas
to the Legion Legacy Project.


Pictured above are: (Top: L to R) Mike Ladouceur (Post #37 Legion Executive Committee), Mick Barnes (Commander Legion Post #37), Mark Cosgrove (A.D. Davis) (Front: L to R) Ron Birchall (President), Les Thomas (Architect), Mike Davis (A.D. Davis), George Linardos (Forward March Board of Directors)

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Forward March Hosts St. Augustine’s First Military Ball

Forward March Hosts St. Augustine’s First Military Ball



In addition to a new year, St. Augustine was introduced to a new tradition this month with its first military ball hosted by Forward March.

St. Augustine’s Inaugural Military Ball kicked off the 450th commemoration year. Some of St. Augustine’s most notable were there including St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver, City Manager John Regan, Major General Emmett R. Titshaw, County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson, State Representative Doc Renuart, and St. Augustine Beach Mayor Andrea Samuels.

To put the event together, the ball had a committee of about 20 people, including Dan Sullivan and Betsy Yeomans.


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