• Voices For Veterans is working on the Forks Stand Down to be held Wednesday, May 5. As always, they need camping gear, nonperishable food, money for new clothes and shoes, used heavy coats, hats, gloves and personal hygiene items. If you have any questions or items to contribute, call me at 683-6419 after March 15.
• Post 62 is looking for candidates for the American Legion Evergreen Boys State. Male high school juniors interested in learning about government are encouraged to visit www.EvergreenBoys State.org for details. The program is June 20-26 at Central Washington University in Ellensburg.
Evergreen Boys State Washington is state government through a fun and engaging program. Students may earn scholarship money, college credits or be chosen to attend Boys Nation. If interested, call me at 683-6419.
• Let's talk about other opportunities for young people in our area.
The NJROTC program at Port Angeles High School gives the cadets opportunities to compete statewide and nationwide. The Marine Corps League, DAR and Military Officers Assn. support this program.
At the Washington Air Rifle championships in Olympia, the PAHS NJROTC, sponsored by the Port Angeles Rifle and Pistol Club, took first and fourth place in the Sporter category. Crysta Crouse shot a 671, taking first place, and David Springob shot a 655, taking fourth place. Both qualified for the national match this summer in Alabama.
The unit recently competed in the Northwest Drill and Rifle Competition against 12 other units. P.A. took second place in Physical Fitness, Drill Team and Air Rifle and third place in Color Guard. Cadet Elijah Hauff received a medal for Drill Commander, and Crouse received second place overall in Physical Fitness competition against 24 other female cadets.
The Air Rifle Team will shoot in the Washington State Junior Olympics.
Congratulations to all these young people for showing dedication and focus.
• On March 2, at the direction of Gov. Chris Gregoire, the flags were lowered to half staff in memory of Specialist William C. Spencer of Olympia, who died of injuries he suffered in Iraq on Feb. 20. On March 1, the flag was lowered for U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Eric L. Ward of Redmond, who was killed in Afghanistan on Feb. 21.
This is a fairly new program that honors Washington military personnel who have given their lives in combat. Government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition. The American Legion also participates. Go to Gregoire's Web site to see when the flag will be lowered - click on "flag lowering."
Contributors: DAR, Regent Kayellen Garrison, firstname.lastname@example.org; American Legion and MOAA, Lorri Gilchrist, email@example.com; VFW Commander, Roger Padie, firstname.lastname@example.org; Marine Corps League, Terry Roth, email@example.com.