Veterans Corner: Memorial Day ceremonies are cancelled

Veterans Corner: Memorial Day ceremonies are cancelled

The Veterans Center, at 216 S. Francis St. in Port Angeles, has a clothing store for veterans and their families. There are used and new clothes, shoes, coats and canned goods available.

It is opened by request by the staff of the Veterans Center Monday through Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Just knock on their door and ask to go to the clothing store.

You can also drop off donations during those times. Smaller men’s sizes are needed. Please remember not to donate anything you would not wear yourself.

Many thanks to Steph and Lyn for taking this on and making it look so nice and organized! They are members of DAR and Voices For Veterans.

DAR earns status, sets ceremony

Save the date: The Michael Trebert Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution has become an official member of the Vietnam War Veteran Commemorative Program and Ceremony. The first ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, at the Veterans Center (216 S. Francis St., Port Angeles).

A Vietnam veteran is a person who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period November 1, 1955, to May 15, 1975, regardless of duty location, and their families.

At this ceremony lapel pins will be presented to all Vietnam veterans or their family members. We are hoping things open enough so we can gather for this important program and ceremony. I will keep you posted!

Help a vet in need

There is a veteran living at Sarge’s Place in Forks who is going through cancer treatments and is traveling from Forks to Sequim every week for treatment. Shell gas cards in the amount of $25-$50 would be most helpful. You can mail them to: Sarge’s Place, 250 Ash Avenue, Forks WA 98331; or, send a check with “Gas” in the memo line. Thank you for your support of this veteran.

Well-deserved nod

Marine Don McIntyre, member of the Mount Olympus Detachment 897 of the Marine Corps League, has been nominated for a community service award.

Don has been the Toys For Tots Santa, representing the Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots campaign for the past 50 years. I am sure you have all seen Santa with his candy canes all around town; and he always knows how many days until Christmas!

He is so deserving and we appreciate all he has done to make sure the children of Clallam County have Christmas.

Ceremonies cancelled

Post 62 of the American Legion in Sequim has been closed since the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. The post will remain closed through the month of May.

The Post regrets that the Memorial Day ceremonies at Sequim View, Jamestown, Dungeness and Blue Mountain cemeteries set for May 25 have been cancelled.

The Service Office remains open on a by appointment basis only. Any veteran needing assistance with VA disability claims should call one of the Post Service Officers for an appointment: Carl, at 360-461-7460, or Paul, at 360-461-7974.

Please take care of yourselves and stay well. Any questions please email me. I am here to help.

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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