BY A VVA STAFF REPORT
Chapter 12 in Allenhurst, New Jersey reports that a 260 ton slab
of pure white marble has been quarried from the historic Yule
Quarry in Colorado to replace a monument marking the Tomb of The
Unknown at Arlington National Cemetery. The original monument,
also quarried from the Yule Quarry in 1931 was found to be
cracked. The original piece of marble was the largest single block
of marble (110 tons) produced in the U.S. to that time. It was
trimmed to 55 tons, and then shipped to Vermont for finishing. The
new stone will be transported east by truck for a Memorial Day
New York Chapter 82 will take part in a ceremony honoring six
Great Neck residents who were killed in Vietnam this coming
Veterans Day. A plaque inscribed with the names of Anton D.
Bloemhard, Thomas Wesley Britton, Jr., Melvin Spence Dry, Israel
Martinez, Jr., Arthur Stewart Mearns, and Kenneth Michael Montone
will be installed on the Wall of Remembrance at Great Neck Village
Robert Cavanaugh, Herb Hann, Joe Hiers, and Wilbur Marisa joined
fellow Mays Landing, New Jersey Chapter 825 members Sal Mazza, Bob
McNulty, Charles Mueller, Gerald Selke, and Don Souder at the New
Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Distinguished
Service Medal and Meritorious Service Medal award ceremony at
Atlantic Cape Community College where they were recognized for
their outstanding contributions. Congratulations to each for their
service to the veterans community.
Tom Finnerty of
Liberty Bell Chapter 266 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was awarded
the Order of The Silver Rose honors at the Pennsylvania State
Council meeting recently. At the same meeting Chapter 266 Jerry
McManus accepted the Pennsylvania Chapter of the Year and the
Pennsylvania Chapter Newsletter of the Year awards on behalf of
the members of the chapter.
Bob Ashborn of
Castaic, California, Chapter 355 reports the chapter will
participate in the Antelope Valley Stand Down in October. The
three-day event at Antelope Valley College will provide access to
employment, health, counseling, and legal aid services.
Virginia Chapter 227 provided a $600 grant for an apartment
security deposit for a homeless veteran. The veteran's medical
condition depleted his finances and prevented him from working.
With the help of the Vet Center and friends, he has been able to
obtain a teaching position, which will remove him from the
Chapter 810 in
Chillicothe, Ohio awarded a $500 scholarship to Rebecca Ashworth,
daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joe Ashworth.
Dale Schroeder and Dick Luchsinger of Chapter 731 in Manitowoc,
presented a $500 scholarship at the beginning of summer.
VVA Chapter 688
in Union County, New Jersey awarded scholarships to local college
students. Susan Carro (Penn State University), Alyson Martucci
(Fashion Institute of Technology), Karen McCourt (Boston College)
and Jeremy White (Salisbury University) were presented with
$500.00 each. Tim Dougherty (Montclair State University) and Gina
Hruska (Union County College received $100 scholarships.
Chapter 82 in
Hicksville, New York has made a commitment to the VVA Education
project by including the
Education Single Point Of Contact (SPOC) List
registration form in LZ Nassau, the chapter
O'Hare-Palmer, James Cutri, Richard Jones, and Dennis Harlan of
Chapter 223 in Santa Rosa, California participated in a
presentation to the junior class at Sonoma High School in June.
Union City, New
Jersey, Chapter 688 visited Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for
the ninth consecutive year. This year's event included a joint
program with Millburn High School. Chapter members Frank Chupko,
John Ferry, Frank Maselli, Jim Pressman, Tom White and Mike
Wisnewski shared their Vietnam experiences with seventy-five
11th-grade history students. Following the classroom presentation,
the students and veterans traveled to the New Jersey Vietnam
Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Era Educational where the students
placed roses at the memorial in memory of twelve local men killed
County Hospital in Manahawkin, New Jersey received a new POW/MIA
Flag to replace their worn out flag from Chapter 855 in Lanoka
Harbor, New Jersey.
Outreach Center (VOC) in Rochester, New York received a donation
of $15,000 from Chapter 20 in Rochester. Chapter President Nelson
Peck presented the check to VOC Director and former national board
member Tom Cray. The money was raised by the chapter at their golf
tournament in June.
Chapter 299 in
Rock Island, Illinois will participate in a presentation of The
Vietnam Wall Experience, a 240 foot replica of the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial when it is displayed at Rosehill Cemetery in
Chicago in August.
Genesee County Chapter 175 in Flint, Michigan devoted so much time
to supporting the The Moving Wall presentation in July that they
were forced to suspend publication of the chapter newsletter,
News & Views.
NEVER AGAIN WILL ONE GENERATION OF VETERANS ABANDON ANOTHER
Chapter 343 in Houston, Texas has donated $2,750 to a variety of
agencies that support programs for military personnel and their
families. The projects include pre-paid calling cards for the
troops, care package programs that provide toiletry and comfort
items for deployed personnel and financial aid to families of
Massachusetts Chapter One-Eleven in Springfield took part in the
Korean War Commemorative Parade in Brattleboro, Vermont in August.
supported a fund raising luncheon sponsored by Moms of Military
Service Members in Sonoma County. The funds raised will help to
purchase comfort items for military personnel deployed around the
Sergeant Stephen Dion, Jr., and his wife Karen, were saluted at a
June reception held by Chapter 787 in Tampa, Florida. Sergeant
Dion recently returned from service in Iraq and is the son of
Joyce Koprowski, wife of Region IV Director John Koprowski. Dion
shared stories of the long march to Baghdad, and the demands of
combat in the heat and sand of Iraq.
Transportation Company of the New Jersey National Guard is
deployed in Iraq. Members of Chapter 602 in Erma, New Jersey have
established a Food and Furniture Bank, including some financial
support for members and families of those who are deployed. The
chapter has received donations of more than $15,500 in food and
furniture, and $5,600 in cash contributions from the community to
support this project.
Chapter 240 in Gallatin, Tennessee is a major participant in the
Teddy Bear program in Sumner County. The project provides stuffed
Teddy Bears to fire, police, and rescue units in the county for
distribution to children who are the victims of domestic violence
and child abuse. The bears help calm and comfort them during a
traumatic time in their lives. The chapter collected over 3,000
stuffed animals last year and is busy restocking their
If you are interested in helping support the project contact Jim
Richards at 615-824-7341 or
ODDS & ENDS
Floyd Casey, Dave Shelton and Mike Young of Bevo Chapter 611 in
St. Louis, Missouri were certified in the Missouri Military
Funeral Honors Program. The group will provide Final Honors to
veterans in weekend funeral services held within a 50 mile radius
of St. Louis.
Chapter 357 in Redding, California is proud of their participation
in community activities in the county. The chapter sponsors
Fishing Days for local youth and is involved with Support The
Troops events in the community. The rallies often conclude on a
hillside above a state freeway where a huge American Flag and
yellow ribbons with the names of local men and women in uniform
are displayed. The chapter dedicated the Shasta County Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Bridge in March of this year.
Chapter 767 in
Racine, Wisconsin took part in the annual clean-up at the Veterans
Memorial in Pritchard Park in late spring. The chapter helped
spread over 70 cubic yards of mulch and took part in trimming
bushes and shrubs at the site. The chapter was joined by members
of the Southeast Wisconsin Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) and the
Racine County Tavern.
Chapter 436 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania took part in the Dogwood
Days Parade. Kathy Shields, Dave McTavish, Larry DeLorme, Bob
Gallagher and Barry Amole represented the chapter in the event.
Chapter 528 in Plymouth, Michigan held the 2003 VVA Challenge Golf
Outing at Hickory Creek Golf Club in June. Members of Chapter 310
joined chapter members in the event that saw Tom Mullins, Bob
London, Dick Knight took team honors with a score of 68. Other
winners in the event included Bill Abbey, Doug Hanna, Rich
Whipple, Bob Lamoureux, and Debby Bradley.
and Scott Widing of Chapter 175 organized the cleanup of the
Vietnam Veterans Park on the Flint River. This is the 21st
year the chapter has taken part in the cleanup project.
the sage of Tri-State Appalachian Chapter 172 in Cumberland,
Maryland ponders our social and cultural notion of who our heroes
are. Parsons questions our adulation of athletes and movie stars
and the plight of the Army PFC in Baghdad who,
be facing real violence and
visit violence on another human being"
Chapter 278 in
Texarkana, Texas hosted the Region 7 meeting held in July. Region
VII is comprised of our members in Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma,
Chapter 590 in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania held their annual picnic Cannstatter
Volksfest Verein in July.
Chapter 925 in
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina received their Charter in a ceremony
in July attended by state council President Alta Milling, Frank
Weick, and Paul Ruh, all of Chapter 303 in Columbia. Chapter 925
President Jim Magyarosi brought a ceremonial sword to cut the cake
during the ceremony.
Chapter 203 in
Chattanooga, Tennessee is organizing a bus trip to Washington, DC
Day 2003. If you are interested in being part of the journey
contact the chapter at
Chapter 601 in
Bennington, Vermont has introduces the Veterans Against Drugs
program to schools in Bennington. Chapter President John Miner
reports that Bennington Police Chief Richard Gauthier is
encouraged by the project because it goes beyond just saying
"drugs are bad" and seeks to build core values for a successful
Indiana Chapter 777 donated $500.dollars to the Wayne County
Veterans Council to help buy a new van to transport veterans to
doctors and hospital.
In the previous issue, we mistakenly identified Delaware County
(Pennsylvania) Chapter 67 presenting a Flag Memorial. The memorial
project is, in fact, presented by a veterans group not affiliated
with VVA. We apologize for the error.