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TITLE: New Member: TI 57787 | NAME: Justin | TKID: 3189 | DATE: 2015-02-12 22:22:10

Welcoming Amy E. TI 57787! Her Tie Pilot: Reserve was just approved beginning of February. Welcome to the 501st Legion and our very own Rancor Raiders Garrison.

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TITLE: New Member: TD 82768 | NAME: Justin | TKID: 0 | DATE: 2015-02-01 17:51:13

Give a warm welcome to one of our newest members TD 82768 Blake Nash! Welcome to the 501st Legion and the Rancor Raiders Garrison.

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TITLE: MSG-RRG's Joint Ops 2014 Final Prop Party | NAME: Justin | TKID: 3189 | DATE: 2014-12-15 19:50:25

Sunday, December 14th was the last Prop Party for the MSG-RRG's Joint Ops for 2014. One last event for Make A Wish next week, and events for Memphis area will be done until next year. Great job guys and gals!

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TITLE: Mississippi RiverKings Sci-Fi Night | NAME: Justin | TKID: 0 | DATE: 2014-12-15 18:37:18

Mark your calendars!
The 501st Legion Rancor Raiders Garrison will be at the RiverKings Sci-Fi Night in Southaven, MS on January 23, 2015. Come meet your favorite troopers in the Legion and support the RiverKings hockey team as they compete against Peoria Rivermen.

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TITLE: Star Wars Reads Day | NAME: Justin | TKID: 3189 | DATE: 2014-10-16 02:51:03

Star Wars Reads Day was last Saturday, October 11th and was a great success for the MSG-RRG's Joint Ops! Having two events to encourage children to read and to celebrate our love for Star Wars. Darth Vader, a couple of Imperial Stormtroopers, and an out of control Wookiee brought joy to the adults and kids that participated at the B.J. Chain Public Library (Olive Branch, MS). Darth Vader discussed the importance of reading and having a library card. After the introduction, everyone enjoyed crafts, face painting, and photo opportunities with the 501st/Rebel Legion members.

That afternoon, the same 501st/Rebel Legion crew then visited the Booksellers at Laurelwood (Memphis, TN). Adam the Poet was there doing personal poetry. Other activities included games for the kids, photo ops with the 501st/Rebel Legion, and a Star Wars give-away prize pack.

This was year three for the Star Wars Reads Day worldwide celebration. No matter it be a comic, graphic novel, fictional/non-fictional, we challenge you to encourage someone to pickup a book and READ! Oh, and continue to show your love for Star Wars!

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TITLE: Public Safety Awareness Night | NAME: Justin | TKID: 0 | DATE: 2014-10-14 23:41:37

No matter the weather, the 501st Legion will be there! On Tuesday, October 14, 2014 the MSG-RRG's Joint Ops brought order to the Olive Branch City Park for the Public Safety Awareness Night. This event was hosted by the Olive Branch Police Dept and Olive Branch Fire Dept. Open to the public, there was free food, live entertainment, and give aways. There was a great turnout from the community, even with the on-off raining throughout the night. Even with the pressing rain, everyone's spirit was positive. It was an absolute pleasure for the 501st Legion to be able to participate with community events such as this. Every interaction made on this night reminds all of us why we volunteer our time to bring cheer to young and old. For the Empire! "Bad Guys Doing Good"

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TITLE: Site Updates | NAME: Marshall Peterson | TKID: 1384 | DATE: 2014-10-11 17:31:45

The Site is ever growing, and new updates have been added over the last couple months in the event you have missed any of them. Some of these new features are as follows:

Search - There is now a site search function that currently searches the news postings made to the site. This will filter all news posts to the searched query. More will be added to this function in the future.

Poster Filtering
- You can filter all news / blog posts to all news posted by a specified admin poster by clicking their name on any posting. This function will be modified soon too also include contact information for that Command Staff Member

Page-nation - Page-nation has been added to news posts so that you can page through older news posts if needed / wanted. Paging links are at the top and bottom of the blog Page.

Links - There is now a Links page live and available on the main Site. These are a series of helpful links that the Command Staff and Admins can make available to users.

Other updates that are transparent have also been made to help Admins Make these updates to the page and help the security of the site. As always more updates to the functionality of the site are coming and please stay tuned. If you have any issues with any function of the site please let me know and I will address as soon as possible.

Thank you,
Marshall Peterson

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TITLE: Memphis Comic Expo | NAME: Justin | TKID: 3189 | DATE: 2014-09-13 23:43:58

On Saturday, September 13 the 501st Legion stormed the Memphis Comic Expo (hosted at the Memphis Agricenter). This is the first year for the Comic Expo, and just to say it now, it was GREAT! Local members of the Memphis area arrived at just after 9AM to setup our table and find our changing room. Along with local 501st/Rebel Legion members, we also welcomed Chris, from the Arkansas Crimson Nova Squad, with his R2D2. The Comic Expo kicked off at 10AM, with a line that had already gathered prior to the doors opening. Entering the main door, guests would walk down a short stairway where it then opened up onto the main area of the comic expo. There were about four rows of vendors lined back-to-back down the center of the floor, extending about a football fields length. Mostly occupied by comic and collectible vendors, there were also artists, illustrators, Jerry Lawler (with Batmobile), and even internet radios that were doing a LIVE show during the expo. There was also a costume contest. The atmosphere was quite welcoming for everyone, of all ages. Everyone was in and out of costume throughout the day until the around 7pm when the Comic Expo was scheduled to end. There was moderate-to-heavy traffic throughout the day. This will definitely be an event we will participate with next year if it returns.

Checkout some highlighted photos in our gallery...
Memphis Comic Expo 2014

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TITLE: 08-24-14 - Craft Show - Trade Mart, Jackson, MS | NAME: Vex | TKID: 2151 | DATE: 2014-08-25 11:15:53

The Rancors invaded the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson at the Craft Show. We thank everyone who was able to attend on a Sunday morning.

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TITLE: Memphis Redbirds: Superhero & Comic Night | NAME: Justin | TKID: 3189 | DATE: 2014-08-23 13:27:44

On Saturday, August 23rd the MSG-RRG's Joint Ops and Arkansas Crimson Nova Squad welcomed fans for the Redbird's Superhero & Comic Night. We had meet and greet with photo ops until 15minutes before the game started. There were a few first pitches made by numerous character, one being Darth Vader. He was escorted out by a Stormtrooper and Imperial Officer. Shortly after, we also escorted the umpires onto the field. Once the game was underway, we free-floated through the stadium for fan photo ops. Middle of the 3rd inning, we all went down to the field where we randomly selected a few participants to play musical chairs with the Redbirds mascot, while the remaining part of our group danced to the cha-cha slide in the background. We then took a short break and took this opportunity for group photos. After the break, we finished floating around the 2nd level (air conditioned) until about the 7th inning, at which point we got out of costume to wait for the post-game fireworks show. Overall, it turned out to be a great event!

Thanks to all 501st and Rebel members that participated. And a big thanks to the Memphis Redbirds staff for allowing us to attend!

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TITLE: MSG-RRG's Join Ops: Prop Party | NAME: Justin | TKID: 3189 | DATE: 2014-08-11 19:54:15

Memphis area 501st Legion members, part of the MSG-RRG's Joint Ops, met at the B.J. Chain Public Library on Sunday, August 10th. They worked on props, costumes, and just had a great time! Also welcomed Jack W. as a new recruit to the area, soon to be a Royal Guard in the 501st Legion ranks.

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TITLE: Jane's Gym Spin-A-Thon (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital) | NAME: Justin | TKID: 3189 | DATE: 2014-08-02 18:50:19

On August 2nd, 2014 the MSG-RRG's Joint Ops participated with Jane's Gym's(Olive Branch, MS)Spin-A-Thon, supporting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The event was themed with superhero and cosplay characters of all assortments. Including Batman, dinosaurs, zombies, Stormtroopers/Darth Vader, and Wonder Woman to name a few. Their goal was $5,000, by the end of the day, they totaled $5,514! It was a great event that promoted great exercise, dancing, and overall just a family friendly event. The local 501st Legion members were proud to be part of this event. We may have went home sore, smelly, and armor failing, but it was worth every minute dancing to the Cha-cha Slide! "Bad Guys Doing Good".

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TITLE: 07-31-14 - Park Academy Troop - Pearl, MS | NAME: Vex | TKID: 2151 | DATE: 2014-08-02 12:47:52

The Rancors invaded Park Place Academy's Summer School Program in Pearl, Mississippi this past Thursday.

The 501st troopers helped raise $350.00 for Batson Children's Hospital. Excellent work and a job well done!

Bleed Green!

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TITLE: 07-12-14 - Make-A-Wish, Corvette Car Show | NAME: Vex | TKID: 2151 | DATE: 2014-07-15 17:27:36

The Mississippi Rancor Raiders, famous statewide for Star Wars Charity Costuming, have once again brought marvel and intrigue to the children and adults alike at the Corvette Car Show benefitting Make-A-Wish foundation.

Stunned by the high gloss shine of the dozens of rare corvettes, onlookers also were reminded of the day they first laid eyes on the big screen to see the shiny finish of Darth Vader's helmet.

"I remember the first time I saw Stormtroopers" said Randy Davis of Madison. "I thought how amazing of an imagination of a single man (George Lucas)" Davis added.

Among the cars and spacemen were many vendors peddling their fine wares. One of which was a man selling sweet jalapeños!

Jane Walsh, director and public relations for Make-A-Wish made the statement that kids love the "Star Wars Guys" as much as the cars.

"We seem to think we have an edge over the cars but that's the great thing about these events, there is something for everybody" quipped Stephen Ballenger, Darth Vader Costumer and current Rancor Raider Commanding Officer.

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TITLE: The Birth of the Mississippi 501st, July 15, 2007 | NAME: Vex | TKID: 2151 | DATE: 2014-07-15 09:59:40

If Tarkin’s Talons is seen as thinking about having a baby and fooling around, then Mississippi becoming a 501st Outpost was like raising a child up through the ‘terrible twos.’ Somewhere in the middle lay the birth of baby rancor wrapped in a green and black blanket, screaming across the state for all to hear.

It was on July 15, 2007, seven years ago, that Mississippi was officially recognized as a 501st unit and ratified by her parent organization, MidSouth Garrison. The state was now known as the Mississippi Delta Assault Squad.

I made the transition from Mississippi State Captain to the officially elected MDAS Squad Leader. Our crusade for total independence soon began. It was a hard road and a hard fight. We were bombarded from 501st naysayers to the spark of the Imperial-Mandalorian Wars. But in the end, after fighting a trench warfare scenario, clawing and scrapping for every little bit of ground, we succeeded.

My bucket’s off to the old guard and the new vanguard. To those veterans who fought the good fight, to the new recruits that will lead us to the future, I say thank you. Thank you for helping to take an idea someone had in a small apartment in a tiny dusty Delta town and carrying the charge forward.

Bleed Green!

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"...The 501st is a volunteer club formed for the express purpose of bringing together costume enthusiasts and giving them a collective identity within which to operate. The Legion's aims are to celebrate the Star Wars movies through the wearing of costumes, to promote the quality and improvement of costumes and props, and most importantly to contribute to the local community through charity and volunteer work..."


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