Veterans Corner: Time to remember veterans

A clothing closet is being set up at the Veterans Center at 216 S. Francis St. in Port Angeles. There will be jeans, jackets, heavy shirts, new socks and outdoor equipment available to veterans in need.

If you would like to donate any of these items, contact Venay Money at 457-5251 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Friday to arrange delivery.

Stop and shop

The Sequim American Legion Auxiliary is gearing up for the Christmas Shop event at the Washington State Veterans Home in Port Orchard (Retsil). As I have told you in years past, I go for four days the week after Thanksgiving to help in the shop. We provide cards, gifts, wrap and mailing for up to five gifts per resident. This helps them be a part of their family’s Christmas.

We need gifts (new) and money for postage. Items needed include small appliances, jewelry, fashion scarves, books, DVDs, wallets, car care kits, toys for children, games, boxes of chocolates, “theme” baskets (no liquids), tools, teen items, etc. If you have questions or a donation, call me at 683-6419. There are peninsula residents who live in this home. Let’s show them we care.

Officers invited

The Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is holding its November general membership meeting at Joshua’s Restaurant in Port Angeles at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Lunch will be ordered from the menu and after a short business meeting there will be a movie about the SR-71 Blackbird.

Call me at 683-6419 or email me if you have questions or would like to attend. All who are or have been officers in any of the U.S. Armed Services are welcome.

Legion dinner on tap

The Sequim American Legion will be holding its Veterans Day Dinner on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Post at 107 E. Prairie St., starting with a social hour at 2 p.m. Dinner will be served at 3 p.m. Grant Pierson, the Post’s Evergreen Boys State citizen, will give a talk on his experiences at EBS. If you have questions, contact Commander Carl Bradshaw at 775-1477. If you have paid your American Legion dues, the dinner is free! Please come and join us.

Thank a veteran

Please take time and attend a Veterans Day ceremony. Talk to the next generations about why it is important to honor our service people and to never forget the sacrifices they have made so we can have freedom.

There are many things to be thankful for in our country.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Contributors: DAR, Janis Flanagan,; American Legion, Carl Bradshaw,; MOAA, Lorri Gilchrist,; Marine Corps League, Mark Schildknecht,; Korean War Veterans, Jerry Rettela,; Fleet Reserve Association, Marty Arnold, martin