Veterans Corner: Celebrate Veterans Appreciation Day at The Home Depot

Jack Grennan American Legion Post 62, along with The Home Depot, is having a Veterans Appreciation Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in the parking lot of The Home Depot, 1145 W. Washington St.

Veterans service organizations will be present to answer questions and showcase their activities. The public is welcome and there will be free food and drinks provided by The Home Depot.

There will be gift card door prizes ($150, $100 and $75) and the grand prize is a 50-inch flat screen smart TV!

Come on out and talk to fellow veterans and maybe win a TV.

Sunday eats

VFW Post 4760 in Sequim is serving Sunday breakfast to any and all for $7 starting at 9:30 a.m. and going until noon. The first Sunday of the month is blueberry pancakes, bacon and eggs; the second Sunday is Western omelet with hash browns, third is French toast, sausage and eggs; and, the fourth Sunday is biscuits and gravy with eggs and hash browns. Coffee and juice is included.

The money raised goes into the post general fund for veterans relief, the Veterans Without Homes fund, high school scholarships and to pay rent and maintain the post. The public is welcome!

Marine of the Year

At the Marine Corps League annual Department convention held June 2-4, Mount Olympus Detachment Commandant Mark Schildknecht was awarded NW Division Marine of the Year.

The NW Division includes Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. This honor is well deserved, as Mark has steered the detachment through the pandemic while ensuring members were kept informed. Toys For Tots was held, honors were given at the bell ringings and veterans funerals, and the detachment was represented at Clallam County Veterans Association meetings. Sid Gerling was presented with the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Washington.

Congratulations Mark and Sid!

Wreaths’ mobile exhibit set

The Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit will be in Sequim from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, in the parking lot across from Safeway on West Washington Street. This is free to the public.

The goal of the exhibit is to bring the community together and teach patriotism while remembering the service and sacrifice of the nation’s military members. The exhibit contains short films, shared stories and interactive displays. It serves as a mobile museum.

Creating history

Children and youth across Clallam County will have the chance to participate in the Veteran Oral History Project, to create a written or digital record of their interview with a veteran or Gold Star family member. Watch for further information coming in August. All are welcome.

Voices for Veterans

The Port Townsend Elks at 555 Otto St. will host the Voices For Veterans Port Townsend Stand Down from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, July 25. All veterans and their dependent family members are welcome.

There will be housing assistance, hot breakfast and lunch, dental and health screenings, VA/Jefferson healthcare assistance, employment services, benefits counseling, haircuts and shower trailer and clothing. Jefferson Transit buses offers free transportation.

For information, call Rita at 360-301-9732.

Contributors: American Legion, Paul Renick,; MOAA, DAR and Voices For Veterans, Lorri Gilchrist,; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht,; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela,; VFW 4760, Steve Henrikson,; VFW 6787, Rod Lee,