Published on Thu, Jun 13, 2013
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All are invited to the Sequim American Legion Post 62 to observe Flag Day on Friday, June 14.
A flag disposal ceremony will be at 2 p.m. at 107 E. Prairie St. Please check out your flag and make sure it is in good condition. If not, please bring it to the ceremony; or there is a box on the west side of the hall that you can put it in so it can be disposed of properly.
Standing Down ‘to stand up
The Stand Down for veterans in the Forks area was on May 2. There were 143 veterans who attended with 19 stating they were homeless. The clothing room saw 72 veterans and 12 veterans received outdoor equipment. The barber gave 17 haircuts and 300 meals were served — breakfast and lunch.
Comments from the service providers’ sheets indicated they learned about the other providers and what they offered, as well as helping the vets who came to them.
Because of the Stand Down networking, providers can now refer vets to others who could provide what they couldn’t. There were 25 health screenings, 11 dental screens, the Clallam County Veterans assistant saw 20 vets and filled out seven applications for assistance.
Forks Community Hospital, a veterinarian, Peninsula Behavioral Health, the VA and many others were there to listen, answer questions, make referrals and solve problems. The next Stand Down is in Port Townsend on July 29. Contact me at 683-6419 if you would like to donate money, camping equipment or full-sized personal care items (toothpaste, deodorant, toothbrushes).
As you can see from above, the need is still there.
Fleet Reserve office hours
The Fleet Reserve Association Service office in Port Angeles is open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. The office is in the arcade next to the Naval Elks Lodge at 131 E. First St. There is two-hour free parking available in a lot adjacent to the building. The service officers are there to help with filing claims and VA information.
Contact Tom Flanik at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Braving weather to honor veterans
I want to thank all who attended Memorial Day services. In spite of the fierce winds we had good attendance. I almost got blown away trying to hold onto the American Legion Auxiliary flag, but we persevered!
It is important to honor those who died in service to our country, no matter what the weather. Many thanks also to those who put out flags on their homes and businesses.
We veterans really appreciate your show of support for our country and those who defend it.
The next generation
On May 31 I was privileged to attend the NJROTC Awards Ceremony at Port Angeles High School and present the MOAA Leadership Medals to Cadets Ashlee Reid and Dylan King. The DAR Medal was presented to Cadet Stefanie Colliton. My medal, the Gilchrist Medal for Community Service, was presented to Cadet Natalie McNary. She requested that her monetary award go to the Relay For Life.
Contributors: DAR, Regent, Joyce Stroeher,email@example.com; American Legion and MOAA, Lorri Gilchrist, firstname.lastname@example.org; VFW Commander Roger Padie, email@example.com; Marine Corps League, John Spriggs, firstname.lastname@example.org; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela, email@example.com; Fleet Reserve Association, Tom Flanik, firstname.lastname@example.org.