501st MidSouth Garrison

On 7/11/2014 Troops from the 501st Legion-MidSouth Garrison and the Rebel Legion’s Corellian Base put on an amazing show for Star Wars Night at the Bowling Green Hot Rods. The Imperial Shuttle Landed in Bowling Green Kentucky (KY) at 6pm, and the troops were prepared to go on the field at 7pm. Darth Vader threw out the first pitch, and then the troops mingled with the crowd of fans for about 3 hours. Support from the staff was excellent with a nice changing room that was stocked with ice water plus meal vouchers were also provided.

This event was a huge success…What a great night for the Bowling Green Hot Rods baseball fans with both Star Wars and fireworks. Thanks to all the fans that came out to see members of the 501st Legion-MidSouth Garrison from all over KY and TN.

 

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On July 3, 2014 on a gorgeous cool summer day members of the 501st Legion-MidSouth Garrison’s Mos Nooga Squad and members of the Rebel Legion’s Corellian Base were invited to attend the Chattanooga Symphony Pops in the Park in the Chattanooga Coolidge park located on the citys North Shore overlooking the beautiful Tennessee River. As we began to arrive around 3:00 pm there were already many people camped out to get a good spot for the show. By the time the show started there were close to 30,000 people gathered all around located on the grass and standing up on both the Walnut Street Bridge and the Market Street bridge that overlooks each sides of the park. Members proceeded to get dressed in there costumes and were lined up to take there places around 7:00pm. Kids and adults alike were grinning from ear to ear when the Star Wars music started playing and they saw the Rebel Legion coming out to the main Star Wars theme music, and the 501st Legion-MidSouth Garrison characters coming out to the Imperial March. Darth Vader quickly took control of the show force choking the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra conductor Kayoko Dan to the ground. Then proceeded to direct the Imperial March to the much delight and applause of the crowd.

We then disbursed amongst the crowd during the intermission to pose for photos, pass out personnel trading cards and to sign autographs with the huge mass of children and adults. Around 9:30 the awesome fireworks display began being shot off behind the Coolidge Park stage on the Tennessee river were the Delta Queen river boat is docked and the Chattanooga Lookouts AT&T baseball field stadium is set in the back ground. What an awesome night it was for our Star Wars fans having members from both the Rebel Legion and the 501st Legion there to help celebrate the 4th of July in Chattanooga with Star Wars. Good times were had by all!

 

Photos taken by Damon Ballard

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Mission Report: Sonny’s Last Chemo

On June 21st the MidSouth Garrison’s Blue Sun Squad had the honor of escorting Sonny out of the UK Children’s Hospital to end his FOURTEENTH and final chemo treatment. Both his father and mother first met with Vader back in March during Sonny’s “Best Darn Star Wars Day Ever” event at Lexington Toy and Comic Con where they became instant fans. When the 501st Legion’s-MidSouth Garrison were asked to provide Imperial Escort for him on his way out of the hospital after his last five day treatment we came out in force. Troopers arrived at Sonny’s room to surprise him, play some games and scare his sister back into the bathroom (she quickly recovered and gave us some happy high fives). Fellow member Brian Bently TK 51200 (a cancer survivor himself), was in control of Sonny’s wheel chair all the way out of the building. Vader, officers and troopers provided back-up, fist bumps and more high fives. Once Sonny was safely in the car with his loot, balloon and posters we said our good-byes and watched him leave the hospital as a warrior. Way to go, Sonny! And thank you to both his Mom and Dad for asking us to be apart of another step on Sonny’s journey.

“My prayer is that years from now when Sonny looks back on this time in his life all he’ll remember are the cool moments like this one and not all the hard stuff he’s gone through. Thank you helping us find joy on the journey.” – Christina Cohen

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