Veterans Corner: Honor veterans by preserving, restoring headstones

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Michael Trebert Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has been cleaning, preserving and restoring headstones of veterans in local cemeteries in preparation for Wreaths Across America on Dec. 18.

All are welcome to come and learn the process. There will be a cleaning at Blue Mountain Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18.

The Chapter is also going to clean headstones at Pioneer Memorial Park, 387 E. Washington St. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, for the National DAR Service Day project.

The Chapter will hold a Vietnam Veterans War Ceremony at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 26, at the Northwest Veterans Resource Center at 216 S. Francis St., Port Angeles.

For more information about any of these events, contact the Regent Judy at jktretiredrn@gmail.com.

Kudos to Shipley Center

Many thanks to the Shipley Center for donating items to Sarge’s Place and the Clothing Closet. For several years now we have been able to go in after the public sale and take items that can be used by veterans and their families.

Thank you for supporting veterans!

VFW meetings

VFW Post 6787 meets at 11 a.m. the third Saturday of the month at the Mariner Cafe, 609 W. Washington St. Veterans who have served in a foreign war are welcome to join.

For more information contact, Post Commander Rod at sealteam54@q.com.

MOAA gets honor

The Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) has been awarded a 5 Star Level of Excellence by the National headquarters for their programs in 2020.

The Chapter provided 50 sports balls to Santa’s Castle, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provided gifts to military families experiencing financial hardship in 2020.

The Chapter has set a goal of 100 sports balls this year. We need new regular and junior size footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, playground balls and kick balls.

All the MOAA chapters in Washington have a total goal of 1,000 balls, so each family getting toys this year gets a sports ball.

I will accept and store the balls. If interested or wanting more information, contact me at 360-683-6419 or cdrlgilchrist@gmail.com.

Those who want to donate can do so by sending them to me via Amazon at 538 N. Seventh Ave. in Sequim, put them on my porch or send a monetary donation and I will purchase balls for you.

Thank you for helping the children of the troops at JBLM and around the state have a Merry Christmas!

Checking in means a lot

Please continue to check on your fellow veterans and make sure they are safe and well. Ask if you can shop for them, take them to a doctor appointment, get them a book from the library.

Sometimes just a phone call saying I’ve been thinking of you is a real morale booster during these uncertain times. Thank you for being kind and reaching out to veterans.

Contributors: American Legion, Paul Renick, grennanalpost62@gmail.com; MOAA and Voices For Veterans, Lorri Gilchrist, cdrlgilchrist@gmail.com; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht, markisin2day@gmail.com; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela, eletteor@msn.com; VFW 4760, Steve Henrikson, secretary@vfwpost4760.com ; VFW 6787, Rod Lee, sealteam54@q.com.

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