COMMANDER'S CORNER: VFW POST 6608 ELIZABETH - Veteran's Walk November 8th

(11/03/2003)

By Wayne Wright, Commander

A reminder: Saturday, Nov. 8th, 10:30 AM, the Veterans Walk from Prunty Ave to Courthouse Square followed by a short program at the Courthouse Square followed by the dinner and program at the VFW Post at Palestine at 1:00 PM. Again all veterans and their families are welcome and urged to attend. Everyone is invited to join us in the Walk. Take a few minutes out of your lives and show your support for the veterans, and remembering those that have passed on.

There are so many Veterans that it is so easy to take them for granted, but each one has their own story. Some may have just sacrificed a couple of years out of their lives; some have sacrificed their blood, others their lives. All gave some, some gave all.

Most veterans served at an early age and when discharged went on about with the rest of their life, getting a job, raising a family. Some have achieved the highest offices in government or corporations; some have become the victim of some of life’s cruel tricks and are on the opposite end of the spectrum. Who ever they may be, they deserve the utmost respect for their service to this Country.

I want to share the following that was emailed to me by Wilma Maze. It is very appropriate for this occasion:

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

We have many veterans in our community, we see them everyday, most, you know who they are. Don’t just let Veteran’s Day be the only day of observance; every now and then just say a thank you when you meet.

Another one of my goals as Commander was to start doing a profile of our local veterans and putting it as part of my column. I even joined the Historical Society to get their help in doing this. I was going to try and start this project the first of next year. A couple of weeks or three ago I went up the Post and a note was attached to the door. It was a note from a lady saying that she wanted to do a project on WW II and Korean War Vets from this County. She said please call her for she had driven from Athens, Ohio in the night to find some one at our Post. I made the call and the result is a blessing to me. Some of you may have noticed in the community and some may have talked to this young lady carrying cameras and a constant curiosity, with a big smile.

Her name is Susana Raab, and she has an impressive background as follows from her website: www.susanaraab.com

Born in Lima, Peru, Susana Raab has lived in 3 countries on 3 continents and five states in the U.S. Her peripatetic (I don’t know what that means either) upbringing is equally reflected in her career choices. While pursuing a Master in English Literature, she decided to change gears mid-course by combining her passion for language and discourse with the power and aesthetic nature of photography. While taking photography course she enlisted in the Peace Corps and was dispatched to a lone outpost in Outer Mongolia to “teach English”.

Returning stateside Susana settled in Washington, DC. Where she covers national politics and news for The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time Magazine, among other clients. She has received honors from the White House News Photographer Association and in 1998 was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by The New York Times for her coverage of the shooting of two Capitol Hill Police officers in the U.S. Capitol building.

If you want to see some of her work, check out her website. She has already talked to some Veterans, and is attending community functions to get a feel for the culture and lifestyle that our Veterans indulge in. So make her welcome, once you meet her it would be very hard not to. I am hoping she can cover at least all of our WW II Vets and our Korean War Vets. I am going to try and keep her in the community as long as I can. She will be attending the Walk and the Dinner/Program Nov. 8th.

This job has given me some very rewarding moments and I just had two more in the last couple of weeks. It was such a good feeling to present the foreign exchange students American flags. I wish there could have been a hundred of them. They were so pleasant and polite, and appreciative.

Three of them were from Viet Nam; I am a Viet Nam Veteran. I served my Country when the agenda was war, I again feel that I served my country when the agenda is peace and sharing in the sponsorship of foreign exchange students. It feels a whole lot better now than it did then. Treat all of them with kindness and hope we can keep this agenda forever.

The other moment I had was meeting and talking to Mohammed Odeh al-Rehaief, the Iraqi lawyer that helped in the recovery of Jessica. It’s hard to imagine the risks he took endangering his and his family’s lives. He is an example of where you can’t paint everyone with the same paintbrush. He is a very brave and humble man.

I want to thank the members of our Post and the Ladies Auxiliary for all the work they have done and are doing to make our Post to become noticed. The Ladies harp at me for all the cooking they have had to do in the past few months, but their food tastes so good.

Again Sat., Nov. 8th, Walk and Dinner with 50/50 drawing, drawing of winner of Rem. Mod 700 243 cal. Rifle. Also Veterans that are interested in joining the VFW, there will be applications and qualification info available at the Post.

Wayne Wright, Commander
VFW Elizabeth Post 6608

Born in Lima, Peru, Susana upbringing is equally reflected in her career choices. While pursuing a Masters in English Literature, she decided to change gears mid-course by combining her passion for language and discourse with the power and aesthetic nature of photography. While taking photography courses she enlisted in the Peace Corps and was dispatched to a lone outpost in Outer Mongolia to "teach English." Returning stateside Susana settled in Washington, DC Magazine, among other clients. She has received honors from the White House News Photographer Association and in 1998 was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by The New building Born in Lima, upbringing is equally reflected in her career choices. While pursuing a Masters in English Literature, she decided to change gears mid-course by combining her passion for language and discourse with the power and aesthetic nature of photography. While taking photography courses she enlisted in the Peace Corps and was dispatched to a lone outpost in Outer Mongolia to "teach English." Returning stateside Susana settled in Washington, DC covers national politics and news for The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time Magazine, among other clients. She has received honors from the White House News Photographer Association and in 1998 was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize by The New her coverage of the shooting of two Capitol Hill police officers in the U.S. Capitol building


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