Veteran’s Corner: Look ahead to Christmas!

The Sequim Valley Lions regretfully have cancelled the Spaghetti Dinner on April 11 that was to be held at the Sequim VFW. Please look forward to one in September.

While you are all stuck at home and maybe spring cleaning, please remember that Sarge’s Place can use furniture in good condition, pots and pans, dish sets, household items, kitchen items, antiques and collectibles – for The Attic, the second hand store. They do not want any fabric items like towels, sheets or clothing. They buy those new for the vets. You can email me at cdrlgilchrist@gmail.com and we can work out a pickup time – I have a storage unit donated by All Safe Mini Storage for holding these things. Remember if you wouldn’t use it please don’t donate it.

Daughters honored

The Michael Trebert Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has been designated a partner by the national non profit Wreaths Across America organization. The Daughters will hold the ceremony on December 19, 2020 at 9 am at Sequim View Cemetery along with over 1500 other locations in the U.S. and beyond. The organization’s mission is Remember, Honor, Teach and was begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcesterin in 1992 at Arlington National Cemetery . Please watch for announcements of how to purchase wreaths. You can go to the website www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/WA0153 to learn more about the meaning and ceremony. Please save the date!

First Stand Down cancelled

The first Voices For Veterans Stand Down of 2020 scheduled for May 7 in Forks has been cancelled. The Port Townsend Stand Down on July 27 and Port Angeles on October 1 are still planned. Depending on how long the virus precautions go on there may be an attempt to have the Forks event later in the summer.

Resource Center set

The Northwest Veterans Resource Center located at 216 S Francis St in Port Angeles is open Monday through Thursday 10 am to 2 pm to assist veterans with emergencies during this time of uncertainty. Please call first, 360-797-1791, since many questions can be answered over the phone and processes set in motion before you are needed to be seen in person. If you do go to the center the door may be locked so please knock. Please use physical distancing and show respect if you are needed to be seen in person.

Gathering cancelled

In this time of no gatherings and social distancing the Marine Corps League has been ordered by the Veterans Administration to suspend all funeral honors and memorial services at any private, state or national cemetery. This is in effect until the VA lifts the suspension. Please know that it is only because we all must be careful and do what is safe for everyone.

Contributors: American Legion, Carl Bradshaw, thbkdragon@yahoo.com; MOAA and Voices For Veterans, Lorri Gilchrist, cdrlgilchrist@gmail.com; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht, marana-s@outlook.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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