The Rockin' Roundup Band and Alpharetta Ga., American Legion Post 201 - in observance of National Veterans Assistance Day which is May 16 of every year - honored all veterans at our performance on May 16 and presented a special "Real American Hero Award" to our special veteran guest of honor.
The Rockin' Roundup Band was proud and honored to sponsor this award and show our respect for those who have served and protected our country in the Armed Forces. The Rockin' Roundup Band's co-founder, Stephen R. Martiny, is a member of Sons of The American Legion Squadron 201 and organized, sponsored and presented the "Real American Hero Award." The award ceremony, during a Saturday night dance with The Rockin' Roundup Band with several hundred in attendance, was also assisted in by Post Commander Bob Byrd and SAL Commander Derek Garmon.
The award was a custom-made 18x24 canvas of a F-106 fighter jet. It had printed on it "A Real American Hero Award presented to Ret. Major Donald J Holtz USAF - F-86/F-102/F-106 Fighter Jet Pilot / Has Flown at Mach 2." On the back it had printed on it: "National Veterans Assistance Day 05-16-2015 Presented by: Stephen R. Martiny, The Rockin' Roundup Band and Alpharetta GA American Legion Post 201."
Our special guest of honor is a great man, retired Maj. Donald J. Holtz. He is 80 and served from 1955 to 1975 as an officer in the Air Force, and was a fighter jet pilot who flew the F-106 among other fighter jets. Holtz has flown in excess of Mach 2 in a F-106, which is 1,522.41 mph.
It truly was a very special historic Saturday night at Alpharetta Post 201.
God bless America and God bless our troops.
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