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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

New members wanted

The July issue of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW magazine reached my door this week.
I always try to keep up with what is going on and these monthly magazines give me information about what is happening at the national level with the auxiliary. As always, membership is discussed and increasing membership has been an issue for the past several years.
I have witnessed firsthand how there are always those dedicated few who seem to be at every function or service event. I have been around long enough to remember when every post made monthly visits to the local veterans hospital for a treat night.
Increasing membership is something every member should be concerned about. Consider the fact that many veterans benefits have come from the lobbying efforts of these groups. If not for their work, the original GI Bill would not have been put into place, affording some of the precious benefits that so many veterans need and use.
As a member, I talk with friends and acquaintances who are interested or eligible. The community projects that are performed by the members, the auxiliaries and the junior groups are too numerous to mention here.
If you are a member, talk about the projects and services that your post has been involved in. I remember a gunnery sergeant who always had application forms in his wallet ready for a prospective new member to fill out. With all the project choices, you may gain a member or two just by starting a conversation.

Breakfast at Eastlake post
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will host a breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon June 28 at the post home. Breakfast will be $5 per person. For details, call 440-942-3980.

Legion hosts car and motorcycle show
American Legion Post 678, 590 E. 328th St. in Willowick, will host a Veteran Car and Motorcycle Cruise In noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday at the post home. All cars and motorcycles are welcome. Registration fee is $5 or a donation to the homeless veterans shelter. The afternoon includes food, drinks, prizes, a 50/50 raffle and more. For details, call the post home at 440-943-9659.

Newbury post site of Farmers Market
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, hosts a farmers market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 12.
Items for sale are farm and garden produce, homemade jams and jellies, baked goods, crafts, curios, antiques, collectibles and nursery items.
Vendors are supplied with a table under the pavilion and easy access for $5 per day.
For details call 440-564-7441 or 440-567-9061.

Honor guard available
American Legion Post 459 of Burton-Middlefield has an honor guard available to perform full military funeral services for any serviceman or woman. The honor guard is available with just a few days’ notice and most local funeral directors are aware of the group. For details about the honor guard, call 440-834-8764. Please leave a message if no one answers.

Catholic War Veterans at parish festival
Catholic War Veterans, John Paul II Post 1959, will be at the St. John Vianney Parish Festival in Mentor from July 10-12 hosting a membership and poppy drive (donations are welcome).
The post also will be selling tickets for the reverse raffle that will be Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center. Tickets are $65 for main board and $35 for an extra dinner ticket. There will only be 175 tickets sold.
Tickets for the supper raffle also will be available. Tickets are $20 with only 1,000 tickets to be sold for a chance at $5,000. A Chinese auction and DJ will be part of this event. For details, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Euclid Vets host Annual Classic Car Cruise In
The Euclid Vets Association Third Annual Classic Car Cruise In and motorcycle show will be 11 .a.m. to 4 p.m. July 19 at Tizzano’s Party Center, 1361 E. 260th St. in Euclid.
Any and all classic vehicles up to 1980 — with awards for each category — will be welcome. Food and soft drinks will be available and there will be a 50/50 raffle.
There is no charge for the show, only a request for a donation to the Gary Sinese Foundation for wounded vets.
Dash plaques and goodie bags will be given to owners of the first 100 cars. Music of the ’50s and ’60s will be played at this rain or shine event. No alcoholic beverages will be permitted.
For more information, call Al Nagy at 216-289-1632.

Share your views on patriotism
The News-Herald wants readers’ views on patriotism for a story to appear in the Fourth of July edition. What do you believe is the true meaning of patriotism? Do you believe patriotism has been on the decline in recent years, or is still going strong, and how do your support your views? Reply by email to Bill DeBus at bdebus@news-herald.com. Be sure to include your hometown, as well as a phone number in case more information is needed. Or call Bill at 440-954-7164 to give a response. Please leave a message if you reach Bill’s voicemail.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to LGaler@News-Herald.com.

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Posts offer something for every Dad

Father’s Day is June 21 and many of the area posts will be hosting a meal in honor of Dad. Breakfasts and dinners scheduled over the weekend will offer a chance to take that special guy out for good food.
The variety of events will keep the posts busy for the weekend. There will be something for every Dad to enjoy — dinners, breakfasts, rummage sales and even golf outings.

Eastlake VFW hosts breakfast
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will host a breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon June 28 at the post home.
Breakfast will be $5 per person and the public is welcome. For details, call 440-942-3980.

Chardon Auxiliary hosts rummage sale
Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon, will host a rummage sale on June 19 and 20 at the post home. For details, call 440-285-3699.

Newbury post will host Farmers Market
Newbury American Legion Post 663 will host its Fifth Annual Community Farmers Market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 20 through Sept. 12. The event is hosted as a public service to the entire community.
Vendors are supplied with a table under the pavilion and easy access for $5 per day. The market is located at the post, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township. For information, email bob810@windstream.net or call 440-564-7441 or 440-567-9061.

Willoughby Legion hosts chicken barbecue
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host a chicken barbecue dinner from 2 to 8 p.m. June 20 at the post home.
Dinners are $9 each. For details, call the post at 440-942-7762.

Painesville color guard fundraiser
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a ceremony to honor first responders at 6:45 p.m., followed by a fundraiser for its color guard, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. June 20 at the post home.
Live music will be performed by Wicked Vinyl. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be available from the post kitchen.
The public is welcome to attend. For details call the post at 440-357-7711.

Lake Erie Legion Posts hosts breakfast
Andy Nowacki , Lake Erie College, American Legion Post 807 will host a Father’s Day pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon June 21 at American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick. Cost is $5 per person.

Two hiring events for veterans
A veterans hiring fair for Lubrizol Corp. (Painesville, Brecksville and Wickliffe locations, all three shifts) will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 at American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick.
The event is from 8:30 and 8:50 a.m. Consider this as a job interview, dress appropriately and bring resumes. Registration in advance is required by calling Michelle Stowe-Caya, veterans representative for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, at 440-350-2490.
Lincoln Electric will host a hiring event at 9 a.m. June 24 at its headquarters, 22801 Saint Clair Ave. in Euclid.
The event will begin promptly, so please arrive by 8:45 a.m. Hiring managers will be present and will give presentations on positions and departments within the company. A question-and-answer period will follow.
It is recommended that those interested apply online prior to the event. This should be treated as a job interview, so appropriate dress is requested. Lincoln Electric conducts a nicotine test during the pre-employment screening.
Register in advance for the event by calling Michele Stowe-Caya of ODJFS at 440-350-2490.

Annual golf outing at Madison Country Club
The Col. Justice M. Chambers Gene Deka Memorial Golf Classic will be 1 p.m. June 27 at Madison Country Club.
Cost is $80 per person and includes lunch, dinner, and refreshments, 18-hole scramble, golf cart, and prizes for longest drives, pin shots and putts.
Call 440-974-9380 with questions.

Cruise In at Willowick Legion
A Veteran Car and Motorcycle Cruise In will be noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday at American Legion Post 678, 590 E. 328th St. in Willowick.
All cars and motorcycles are welcome. Registration fee is $5 or a donation for the homeless veterans shelter.
The event will offer food, drinks, 50/50 raffle and more. For details, call the post at 440-943-9659.

Gunny’s Hall kitchen summer hours
Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor ,will close the kitchen on Mondays for the summer. New hours will be Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Regular menu items will be available and a fish fry will be held on Fridays. The Sunday morning breakfasts will not be available again until September. For details, call the detachment at 440-974-9380.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to LGaler@News-Herald.com.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Flag Day comes with important reminders

I am pleased that this year on Flag Day, our American flag along with the Marine Corps flag will be flying on our flagpole without fear of the wind twisting it up and over the weather vane that once adorned the flagpole.
Since having the weather vane removed several years ago, we can actually wear out a flag instead of it being shredded by the old weather vane.
Flag Day is June 14. Flags should be flying that are in good condition, not torn or faded. Those worn or faded flags should be deposited in a flag disposal box located at most area Veterans of Foreign Wars or American Legion posts. Flags should never be thrown in the trash. Fold up the flag and drop it at the local post for disposal with the proper ceremony.

Flag Day services June 14
• Eastlake VFW Post 3863 and Willowick American Legion 678 will jointly perform a flag retirement ceremony at the Boulevard of 500 Flags, 35150 Lake Shore Boulevard in Eastlake, at 11 a.m. June 14. The public is invited to attend.
• Willoughby Cleveland Elks Lodge 18 will perform a Flag Day service at 1:30 p.m. June 14 at Wes Point Park gazebo in downtown Willoughby. Assisting in the ceremony will be American Legion Post 214 and Boy Scout Troop 289.
Guest speakers will be Ohio State Elks Association President Lance Knight and the past Commander of Legion Post 214, Brett Woerner. The public is invited.
• Painesville Elks Lodge 549 will continue a tradition that began at the Elks Grand Lodge Convention in 1907 by observing Flag Day.
A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the lodge, 723 Liberty St. in Painesville. The lodge officers will perform the Elks Flag Day ceremony. Also participating will be Painesville American Legion Brakeman-King Post 336 and Cub Scout Pack 174.
After the ceremony, all guests will be treated to hot dogs and apple pie. The public is invited to attend.

Chardon Auxiliary hosts rummage sale
VFW Post 6519 Ladies Auxiliary will host a rummage sale June 19 and 20 at the post home, 752 Water St. in Chardon. The sale will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For details, call 440-285-3699.

Event benefits color guard unit
A fundraiser for the American Legion Post 336 Color Guard will be 7 to 10:30 p.m. June 20 at the post home, 60 Chester St. in Painesville.
The event will feature live music by Wicked Vinyl. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Chicken BBQ at Willoughby Legion
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby will host a chicken barbecue from 2 to 8 p.m. June 20 at the post home. For details, call the post at 440-942-7762.

Post participates in Summerfest Parade
Atwood-Mauck American Legion Post 459, Burton-Middlefield will participate in the Middlefield Summerfest Parade at 1 p.m. June 20. For details call 440-834-8764.

Breakfast for Father’s Day in Willowick
Andy Nowacki, American Legion Post 807 will host a Father’s Day Breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon June 21, at American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick. Cost will be $5 per person. All are welcome.

Cruise In at Willowick Legion Sunday
American Legion Post 678, 590 E. 328th St. in Willowick, will host a car and motorcycle Cruise In from noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday. All cars and motorcycles are welcome.
Registration fee is $5 or a donation for the Homeless Veterans shelter. For information, call the post home at 440-943-9659.

Second Indianhead Division reunites
The Second Indianhead Division Association will host the annual national reunion in San Antonio, Texas, this year. Veterans of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division are asked to attend the event.
For information about the association and the 94th annual reunion Sept. 22-26, contact Bob Haynes, at 2idahq@comcast.net or call 224-225-1202.

Father’s Day Breakfast at Painesville VFW
VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a Father’s Day Breakfast at the post home beginning at 9 a.m. June 12. Fathers will eat free.
For details, call the post at 440-354-9090.

Annual steak roast at Newbury Post
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, will host its sixth annual steak roast in the Hunter Pavilion behind the post from 4:30 to 7 p.m. June 13.
Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Call 440-635-6390; 440-567-9061 or 440-269-3184 for information.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to LGaler@News-Herald.com.

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Thursday, June 4, 2015

D-Day remembered at Heartland of Mentor

Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy and turned the tide of World War II 71 years ago tomorrow, June 6, 1944. Many of those young men of the D-Day invasion are now in their twilight years and the battle is a memory that by the grace of God they survived.
I am certain that many of the television channels will present programs about this invasion on the shores of France in 1944. I already have seen a few.
Of the five beaches where troops came ashore, two were assigned to the Americans: Utah and Omaha. Two beaches — Gold and Sword — were assigned to the British and the Canadians were assigned Juno.
Troops in landing craft survived rough water on the only clear day reported for weeks, and overcame seasickness, the weight of heavy equipment packs and the possibility of jumping off the craft and drowning with the equipment. Once ashore, they were open to be fired upon from the German guns.
Overcoming all of the obstacles, the young men made it work and broke through the lines, turning the tide of Hitler’s war. To honor those veterans, Heartland of Mentor will host a display of D-Day items in the hospitality room between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. June 6. The collection of Ron Cigany includes items such as uniforms, weapons and memorabilia from D-Day.

Gunny’s Hall annual garage sale
Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, will host its annual garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 5 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6 at the detachment.
Saturday hours will be half-price day. The sale will benefit the Marine Corps League. For details, call 440-974-9380.

Legion Riders host Traveling Wall
American Legion Riders Chapter 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a Remembrance Tribute to Ohio Veterans featuring the traveling Ohio POW-MIA Vietnam Memorial Wall on June 6.
At 1 p.m., a ceremony will be presented by Rolling Thunder Inc. Chapter 5 Ohio. The event is open to the public. A dinner will be offered following the ceremony and music will be provided by DJ Woody.
For details, call Steve Anderson at 440-413-1055 or Mike Bodnar at 440-346-2141.

Legion hosts golf outing
Atwood-Mauck Post 459, Burton-Middlefield American Legion will host its annual golf outing beginning at 10:30 a.m., June 6 at Pleasant Hills Golf Course, 13461 Aquilla Road in Claridon Township.
Call Bruce Zupancic at 440-897-2396 for details.

Party helps fund scholarship 
The Lance Cpl. David Baker Scholarship Fund Party will begin at 1 p.m. June 7 at American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison.
The afternoon will offer food, a raffle, 50/50 raffle and live music by Larry, Larry, Darryl and Cheryl. For information, call Dean Bader at 440-537-6511.

6th Annual Steak Roast at Newbury Post
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, will host its 6th Annual Steak Roast in Hunter Pavilion behind the post home from 4:30 to 7 p.m., June 13.
Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 440-635-6390; 440-567-9061 or 440-269-3184.

Rolling Thunder participates in Military Night
Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 Ohio will participate in Military Night at Classic Park in Eastlake on June 13, when the Lake County Captains take on the Kane County Cougars at 7 p.m.
Tickets for this special evening must be purchased by June 6. The evening will feature a military service personnel parade, pre-game motorcycle procession, Military Jersey Silent Auction, a supply drive, the POW-MIA remembrance ceremony and fireworks after the game. For details, call 440-975-8085 or email JYorko@Captainsbaseball.com.

Painesville color guard fundraiser
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a fundraiser for its color guard from 7 to 10:30 p.m. June 20 at the post home.
Live music will be performed by Wicked Vinyl. For details, call the post at 440-357-7711.

Father’s Day breakfast
Andy Nowacki , Lake Erie College, American Legion Post 807 will host a Father’s Day pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon June 21 at American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick. Cost is $5 per person.

Annual golf outing at Madison Country Club
The Col. Justice M. Chambers Gene Deka Memorial Golf Classic will be 1 p.m. June 27 at Madison Country Club.
Cost is $80 per person and includes lunch, dinner and refreshments, 18-hole scramble, golf cart, and prizes for longest drives, pin shots and putts.
Tickets must be purchased before June 15. Make checks payable to Col. J.M. Chambers Golf Classic, 8720 Twinbrook Drive, Mentor, OH 44060 or call 440-974-9380 with questions.

Cruise In at Willowick Legion
A Veteran Car and Motorcycle Cruise In will be noon to 4 p.m. every Sunday at American Legion Post 678, 590 E. 328th St. in Willowick.
All cars and motorcycles are welcome. Registration fee is $5 or a donation for the homeless veterans shelter.
The event will offer food, drinks, 50/50 raffle and more. For details, call the post at 440-943-9659.

Gunny’s Hall kitchen summer hours
Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, will close the kitchen on Mondays for the summer. New hours will be Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Regular menu items will be available and a fish fry will be available on Friday. The Sunday morning breakfasts will not be available again until September.
For details, call the detachment at 440-974-9380.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to LGaler@News-Herald.com.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Memorial Day a time for reflection

Memorial Day weekend is upon us. There will be cookouts, families will get together and perhaps everyone will take in a parade.
The weekend is a time to remember those who have fallen in defense of the country.
I might be showing my age, but I can remember when it was called Decoration Day. When I heard that, I knew that my brother, sister and I would be piled into the car, among flower pots and gardening tools. My grandmother lived with us until I was in my early teens, so we would make the annual trip to the cemetery to plant flowers and “decorate” the graves for the holiday.
The holiday has been known as Memorial Day since 1966. I have always found it interesting that the day originally started after the Civil War to remember the fallen of what was arguably the most divisive time in our country’s history and we still honor the fallen 150 years later.

Buddy Poppies distributed at Madison Tractor Supply Co.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8548 will “Salute the Troops” between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 23 with the annual “Buddy Poppy” distribution. The distribution connects the VFW with the community, helps to recruit members and promote VFW programs. Stop by the Madison Tractor Supply Co. at 6603 North Ridge Road, Madison for a Buddy Poppy.

Sunday car and motorcycle cruise-in at Willowick post
The Veteran Car and Motorcycle Cruise-In will be noon to 4 p.m. each Sunday at American Legion Post 678, 590 E. 328th St. in Willowick. All cars and motorcycles are welcome.
A registration fee of $5 or a donation for the Homeless Veterans Shelter will be asked. The afternoon event will include food, drinks, prizes and a 50/50 raffle. For details, call the post home at 440-943-9659.

Painesville Legion serves lunch
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will be serving lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For questions, call 440-357-7711.

Legion Riders host Ohio POW-MIA Wall
The American Legion Riders of Painesville American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host the Ohio POW-MIA Vietnam Memorial Wall on June 6 at the post. A ceremony will be presented by Rolling Thunder Chapter 5 Ohio at 1 p.m.
The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. The post will host a group of veterans from the Wade Park Veterans Affairs Medical Center for this event.
The public is encouraged to attend and to spend time with our veterans. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Legion hosts golf outing in Chardon
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 of the American Legion will host its sixth annual golf outing on June 6 at Pleasant Hills Golf Course, 13461 Aquilla Road in Claridon Township.
Sign-in time will be 10:30 a.m. For details, call Bruce Zupancic at 440-897-2396.

Fundraiser for Legion color guard
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a fundraiser for the color guard unit from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. June 20 at the post home.
The event will feature live music from Wicked Vinyl. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Marine Corps League hosts annual golf outing
The Col. J.M. Chambers Gene Deka Memorial Golf Classic will begin at 1 p.m. June 27 at Madison Country Club. The shotgun start will be 1 p.m. and all golfers are requested to use soft spikes only.
Tickets for this event are $80 and include lunch, dinner and refreshments, 18 hole scramble and cart. Prizes will be given for the longest drive, pin shots, a putting contest and more.
For tickets, make checks payable to the Col. J.M. Chambers Golf Classic, and mail to Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive, Mentor, OH 44060 or call 440-974-9380. Reservation deadline is June 15.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to LGaler@News-Herald.com.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Armed Forces Day offers opportunity to say thanks

Armed Forces Day, May 16, is a day set aside to honor all of the service personnel of this country.
One of the lesser known holidays, the day was created in 1949 after the unification of all the branches of service under the newly created Department of Defense.
Celebrated on the third Saturday in May, many businesses offer discounts with a military ID; and ceremonies are held in some areas to honor the soldiers, sailors and Marines with songs, speakers and tributes.
The day offers the common citizen a way to say thank you to those who have protected and are protecting our country.

Children’s Museum observes 
Military Appreciation Day
The Children’s Museum of Cleveland, 10730 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland, will offer free admission for veterans and their immediate family with a military ID on May 16 and 17, in honor of Military Appreciation Day.
Visitors will be able to make cards that will be sent to the troops each day. The museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Regular admission is $8 for children and adults, and free for infants 11 months of age and younger.
For more information about the museum visit clevelandchildrensmuseum.org.

Catholic War Veterans membership drive
The Catholic War Veterans of Lake, John Paul II Post 1959, will host a membership and poppy drive at St. Cyprians Church, 4223 Middle Ridge Road in Perry Township, after all Masses, May 16 and 17.
The post also will be selling tickets for the reverse raffle that will be held Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center. Tickets for the annual event are $65 for main board and $35 for extra dinner ticket. Only 175 of the tickets will be sold. For information about membership or questions about the reverse raffle, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Polish legion auxiliary hosts golf outing
Polish Legion of American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 31 in Cleveland will host a golf outing May 16 at Briardale Greens Golf Course, 24131 Briardale Ave. in Euclid.
The outing will begin with a shotgun scramble at 8 a.m. Tickets are $70 per person and include coffee and doughnuts, lunch at the turn, green fees and cart, and a full buffet dinner to follow at PLAV Post 31, 850 E. 200th St. in  Cleveland. Call 216-337-8997 or 216-337-8996 for details.

Operation STAT open house in Eastlake
Operation S.T.A.T. (Standing Tall for American Troops) will host an open house on May 16, at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake.
The event is open to the public and hamburgers and hot dogs will be available during the event. For details, call Adam Cook at 440-413-6225 or email him at Adam@operationstat.org.

Flag retirement ceremony 
at Veterans Park
Mentor VFW Post 9295 and Boy Scout Troop 75 will host a flag retirement ceremony at 1 p.m. May 17 at Veterans Park, 5730 Hopkins Road in Mentor.
Bring your old and worn flags for proper disposal. The public is welcome.

Blessing of the bikes in Hambden
Hambden Congregational Church, 13840 GAR Highway in Hambden Township, will welcome Rolling Thunder for a bike blessing and veterans tribute service on  May 17.
All motorcycles are asked to gather on Chardon Square at 9:30 a.m. for departure at 9:45 a.m. The service will begin by 10:30.
A picnic gathering will follow at Hambden Township Park, 9891 Old State Road, following the service.
 Please bring a dish to share. Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided by Hambden Congregational Church, with cooking done by the Chardon VFW. Cleanup and other assistance will be provided by the Young Marines.

Legion will serve Big Boys
American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick, will host a Bob’s Big Boy Night from 5 to 7 p.m. May 18 at the post home.
The dinner is open to the public. For details, call the post home at 440-943-9659.

Painesville post hosts breakfast
VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. May 17 at the post home.
The public is welcome. For details, call the post home at 440-354-9090.

Medal of Honor Stories presented 
at Perry Library
Historian Harold George, in full Civil War Uniform, will present a program about the Medal of Honor at Perry Public Library, 3753 Main St. in Perry Village, at 7 p.m. May 19.
More than 3,000 Medals of Honor have been issued for acts of bravery and heroism “above and beyond the call of duty.” However, in a few cases, the medal was awarded for rather unique, strange and less than glorious reasons.

Legion Riders host Ohio POW-MIA Wall
The American Legion Riders of Painesville American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host the Ohio POW-MIA Vietnam Memorial Wall on June 6 at the post. A ceremony will be presented by Rolling Thunder Chapter 5 Ohio.
The event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. The post will host a group of veterans from the Wade Park Veterans Affairs Medical Center for this event.
The public is encouraged to attend and to spend time with our veterans. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

To submit items for this column or the online listings, send them to: The News-Herald, Attn.: Larece Galer, 7085 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094; fax to 440-975-2293; or via email to LGaler@News-Herald.com.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

May is military appreciation month. The Friday before Mother’s Day was designated as Military Spouse Appreciation Day in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan.
This day honors the silent service of the many spouses who pick up and move when military orders say they must. These are the partners who keep the home constant for the military members and their children. These spouses are the ones who become both mother and father when deployment orders are issued and the military member must leave for a far-off place.
These silent partners support the military careers of their spouses with grace, courage and quiet perseverance.
So on this Friday before Mother’s Day, a tip of the hat and a salute to those who follow their military members all over the globe and supporting them in the military career that they have chosen.

Squadron serves spaghetti for Mom
Civil Air Patrol Squadron OH 252 of Painesville will host a Mother’s Day spaghetti dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. May 9 at American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. Mothers will eat free, dine in only.

Catholic War Veterans membership drive
The Catholic War Veterans of Lake, John Paul II Post 1959, will host a membership and poppy drive at St. Cyprian’s Church, 4223 Middle Ridge Road in Perry Township, after all Masses on May 16 and 17.
The post also will be selling tickets for the reverse raffle that will be Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center. Tickets for the annual event are $65 for main board and $35 for extra dinner ticket. Only 175 of the tickets will be sold.
For information about membership or questions about the reverse raffle, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Polish Legion Auxiliary hosts golf outing
The Polish Legion of American Veterans Ladies Auxiliary Chapter 31 in Cleveland will host a golf outing at Briardale Greens Golf Course, 24131 Briardale Ave. in Euclid.
The outing will begin with a shotgun scramble at 8 a.m. Tickets are $70 per person and include coffee and doughnuts, lunch at the turn, green fees and cart, and a full buffet dinner to follow at PLAV Post 31, 850 E. 200th St. in Cleveland. Call 216-337-8997 or 216-337-8996 for details.

Operation STAT open house in Eastlake
Operation S.T.A.T. (Standing Tall for American Troops) will host an Open House May 16 at VFW Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake.
The event is open to the public and hamburgers and hot dogs will be available. For details, call Adam Cook at 440-413-6225 or email him at Adam@operationstat.org.

Flag retirement ceremony at Veterans Park
Mentor VFW Post 9295 and Boy Scout Troop 75 will host a flag retirement ceremony at 1 p.m. May 17 at Veterans Park, 5730 Hopkins Road in Mentor.
Bring your old and worn flags for proper disposal. The public is welcome.

Blessing of the bikes in Hambden
Hambden Congregational Church, 13840 GAR Highway in Hambden Township, will welcome Rolling Thunder for a bike blessing and veterans tribute service on May 17.
All motorcycles are asked to gather on Chardon Square at 9:30 a.m. for departure at 9:45. The service will begin by 10:30 a.m.
A picnic gathering will follow at Hambden Township Park, 9891 Old State Road in Chardon, following the service.
Please bring a dish to share. Hamburgers, hot dogs and drinks will be provided by Hambden Congregational Church with cooking done by the Chardon VFW. Cleanup and other assistance will be done by the Young Marines.

Medal of Honor Stories presented at Perry Library
Historian Harold George, in full Civil War uniform, will present a program at 7 p.m. May 19 about the Medal of Honor at Perry Public Library, 3753 Main St. in Perry.
More than 3,000 Medals of Honor have been issued for acts of bravery and heroism “above and beyond the call of duty,” but in a few cases, the medal was awarded for rather unique, strange and less than glorious reasons.

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