COMMANDERS CORNER - VFW Post 6608

(10/13/2003)

By Wayne Wright

Attention: All veterans, your families, friends, church groups, any organizational groups, anyone that support their veterans, we invite and urge you to join us in a veteran support walk as part of our Veteran Day observance. This walk will take place Saturday, November 8th, 10:30 AM from Prunty Ave. on Court St. to the Courthouse Square. This will be a quiet and solemn walk with just the sound of drum cadence. There will be a short program at the Courthouse Square respecting our fallen veterans. Please be at Prunty Ave. prior to the 10:30 start. Parking can be along Prunty or at the middle school parking lot. Traffic will be rerouted off Court St for the short duration of the walk.

As part of our Veterans Day observance, there will be dinner and program open to all veterans and their families, and invited guests. This will be a (bring your own) covered dish dinner, meat of ham and turkey will be provided by our Post and Ladies Aux. This dinner and program will honor the 50th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and its veterans. We will have a 50/50 drawing and the drawing of the winner of the Remington 700 BDL, 243 Cal. Rifle. We invite and urge all veterans to attend. Dinner will be 1 PM Sat. Nov. 8th at our VFW Post 6608 on Enterprise Rd in Palestine.

The event of September 20th of the visit from VFW Post 10523 of Canal Winchester, Ohio, this event I can not describe and be able to give it the accolades it is worthy of. It was one of those “ You had to be there” to fully appreciate the moment. I want to thank Post 10523 Commander Larry Turner and his post members and I thank Jessica Lynch and her family for making this an unforgettable event. I thank Mayor Lewis Full, Commissioner Charles Murray, and Superintendent Ed Toman for attending and help in welcoming our guests.

As usual the Ladies Auxiliary came through with providing the cleaning, decorations, food, and socializing. The Ladies make these events possible and I thank them. I thank our Post members for attending and regret that the absent members did not make it. You can never imagine what you missed.

Our VFW Post welcomes back to our membership: John Jones and Basil Bumgarner, and new members, Lifetime Member Jessica Lynch, Mike Null, and Bill Dorsey. The Ladies Aux. welcomes: Judy Dorsey, Roberta Hall, and Jenny Jones.

Our Post is the old Palestine grade school/community building. We are keeping the grounds groomed and now have a permanent lighted flag. We just finished painting the roof, and have paint to do the exterior. Hopefully the interior can be done soon also. Due to the very appreciated contribution from Post 10523 on their visit, and the contribution from the Ladies Aux., we have ordered tables and chairs to make banquet events possible.

At a later time we have plans to rent the facilities to groups and organizations. Fees and rules have yet to be determined. We will advertise when determined.

Part of my goal as Commander is for our post to participate in community projects and recruitment of new members. As of now I have to actively solicit membership, later, I hope our Post can have the reputation that veterans will ask to join. To be a member of the VFW you have to be a veteran of a foreign war. If you would like to become a member see me or call me at 275 3935 for membership qualifications.

Our membership now is mostly WW II and Korean War vets, they have held this post together for a younger group of veterans to carry on. On behalf of and in honor of these vets, I am asking my fellow veterans of the Viet Nam War, Gulf War Vets, and Iraq War Vets to come forward. Our post has been threatened disbandment, and just now is starting to come out of the trenches. I especially am asking my fellow Viet Nam Vets for help, some of you have retired or close to it, and may now have a little time to contribute.

May God bless our troops in harms way, and May God Bless America

Wayne Wright, Commander
Dave Tugman, Quartermaster


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