Veterans Corner: Free spaghetti dinner for veterans

The Sequim Valley Lions will be serving a free spaghetti dinner for all veterans from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Sequim VFW, 169 E. Washington St.

Veterans eat for free and non-vets pay $5.

There are also random drawings for gifts for veterans throughout the meal time.

Wreaths Across America

Michael Trebert Chapter DAR will present the fourth Wreaths Across America public patriotic ceremony starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 16, at Mount Angeles Memorial Park, 45 Monroe Road, Port Angeles.

Wreaths Across America is a national program that places live Balsam veterans’ wreaths on veterans graves. MTC places them at 10 Clallam County cemeteries to “remember the fallen, honor those that serve and their families and teach the next generation the value of freedom.”

It is estimated that 2,800 wreaths are needed in the ten cemeteries. The MTC has 1759 sponsored or 63 percent of the goal. You can sponsor a live balsam veteran wreath for $17 by going to (make sure you use “WA0153” so you are getting wreaths for peninsula cemeteries.). If you purchase two wreaths for $34 MTC gets a third wreath free.

MTC members have cleaned and preserved 270 veteran markers this summer. This is the fourth year veterans markers have been cleaned, for a total of 1,138.

Seminar set for disabled veterans

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is conducting a seminar from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, at the KSQM 91.5 FM broadcast office at 609 W. Washington St.This seminar will help explain earned military veteran benefits and provide guidance on free professional claims assistance. The seminar will be conducted by a DAV service officer, a veteran.

All veterans, family members and others desiring to gain knowledge on veteran benefits are invited. You do not need to be a member of DAV to take advantage of the no-cost services.

Stand Down in October

Voices for Veterans will be hosting a Veterans Stand Down from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct.5, at the Clallam County Fairgrounds, 1608 W. 16th St., Port Angeles.

All veterans are welcome to come talk to service providers, get clothes and share in camaraderie. There will be VA medical with flu shots, local service officers, eyeglasses through the Lion’s Club, Department of Social and Health Services, assistance, a barber, vocational rehabilitation and more; however, no dental services will be available.

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