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A Commanding Officer's Thoughts, on the 501st Legion and the Malaysia Outpost

posted Apr 2, 2015, 6:13 PM by Kevin Wu   [ updated Apr 2, 2015, 6:15 PM ]

Our Commanding Officer, TK-8555 shares his thoughts on the importance of what we do and why we do it. It isn't that long of a read and every word of it carries meaning that comes from the heart.


The 501st Legion nicknamed Vader’s Fist, is an International Group of volunteers who take pride in wearing screen accurate costume to promote Star Wars to the world. With a range of “Bad Guy’s” from the popular saga Star Wars, these costumed villains are brought to life by members to promote the interest of Star Wars, facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars related events, and contribute to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.
People do make fun of us that we are adults dressing up in costumes; we’ve been called names and laughed at, this hasn’t stopped us from doing what we do best, this certainly hasn’t, stopped us from helping people in need, and definitely hasn’t stopped us from bringing a smile to a kid who is sick, or homeless.
The costumes you see are owned by the “trooper” they invest the time and money to put these costumes together, and they go out wearing these costumes proudly and full of purpose. Literally cooking in the armor in the scorching heat with restricted vision and breathing, they wear these costumes, with a singular purpose to aid and provide for the charity body that they set out to help
 
“We do not take any payments for the events we are asked to attend, we however welcome donations to any charity of your choice, or we can recommend one to you”. These are the words you will hear from our members.  The Legion and its member truly believe in the cause we set out to do, and we have been doing this for 9 years in Malaysia and 18 years around the globe. 100% of any money raised is given back to the charity. People sometime doubt us when we tell them that we will do this for free and all the funds raised will be channeled to charity or given back to the charity body!  They ask us “what is the catch here?”; “there is no free lunch in the world” and “nobody does this!”. The 501st Legion, has been doing this and is doing this, and will continue to do this for years to come.
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