Veterans Corner: Happy New Year!

Carlsborg VFW Post 6787 brought some Christmas cheer to five veteran families. The thank-you stories were heartwarming and gratifying.

They also supported the Port Angeles and Sequim Food Banks by giving money to get toys for the children and assisted with the delivery of food boxes to home-bound individuals.

At the December meeting the Post recognized Deputy Benjamin Tomco of the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office as First Responder of the Year. Deputy Tomco was nominated by Sheriff Benedict and selected by the Post for his outstanding service and community involvement. A donation was made to his selected charity, Special Olympics, in his honor.

For more information about the Post contact Commander Rod Lee at

In their honor

The last bell-ringing of the year was held Friday, Dec. 27, in Port Angeles, when 19 names were read and honors were given for their service. Many thanks to Alan and Michelle Barnard who spent two days cleaning up all the leaves in Veterans Park before the ceremony.

Cameras still need to be installed by the City of Port Angeles before the project is complete and the construction fencing can be taken away. All are welcome to attend these ceremonies on the last Friday of every month at 1 p.m. The park is next to the Clallam County Courthouse.

Four Chaplains

Save the date: The Four Chaplains Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8, at the American Legion Post, 107 E. Prairie St. This ceremony acknowledges the courageous chaplains who helped evacuate the USAT Dorchester on Feb. 3, 1943 when it was torpedoed by a German submarine. They gave away their life jackets and sang hymns with arms linked until they disappeared beneath the waves. All are welcome to come and hear about these men and show respect for their selfless acts of courage, compassion and faith.

MOAA sets anniversary luncheon

Another important date is Sunday, Feb. 9, at noon at Baja Cantina, 531 W. Washington St. The Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America host a luncheon to celebrate their 50th anniversary. All past presidents have been invited and RADM Anthony Vogt, Commander 13th U.S. Coast Guard District, will be the guest speaker.

Please RSVP to me at if you would like to join us in the celebration! Lunch is your choice from the menu.

Trebert chapter meets

The members of Michael Trebert Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution gathered at Sarge’s Place in Forks for a tour by DAR member and Director of Sarge’s Place Cheri Tinker. They also visited the Gold Star Family Memorial at the Forks Transit Center.

For information about the chapter contact the Regent at

Contributors: American Legion, Carl Bradshaw,; 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,

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