American Legion pays tribute to the Four Chaplains
The services pay tribute to the four who gave up their life vests to soldiers who needed them while the USAT Dorchester was sinking.
On Feb. 2, 1943, the Dorchester, a converted luxury liner being used as a troop carrier, was hit midship by a torpedo fired from a German submarine.
The four men spread out among the soldiers in an attempt to help calm them, tend to the wounded and direct disoriented soldiers to lifeboats.
The chaplains were last seen on deck with arms linked and praying as the ship sank.
The American Legion honors these brave men with a Four Chaplains Service traditionally on the first Sunday of February.
The four chaplains were the Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister; Jewish Rabbi Alexander D. Goode; the Rev. Clark V. Poling of the Reformed Church in America; and the Rev. John P. Washington, a Catholic priest. All were awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and the Purple Heart posthumously to their next of kin in 1944.
To learn more about the memorial to the chaplains, call your local American Legion post or visit www.fourchaplains.org.
Painesville VFW serves Big Boys
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a Big Boys and fries night Jan. 31 at the post home. All are welcome, call 440-354-9090 for information.
Souper day for Super Bowl Sunday
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a “Souper Sunday” soup contest on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, beginning at 3 p.m. A prize will be awarded for the best overall and the most original soup.
For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.
Super Bowl party at Willoughby post
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host a Super Bowl party beginning at 5 p.m. Feb. 1 at the post home. Tickets are $10 per person. Call the post home at 440-942-7762 after 3 p.m. or sign the reservation sheet at the post.
Willowick Legion offers breakfast
American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick, will host a breakfast from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 1 at the post home.
Breakfast is $7 and includes scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, toast, orange juice and coffee. Bloody Marys will be available for purchase.
Four Chaplains program at Burton Legion
A Four Chaplains program will be presented at 3 p.m. Feb. 8 at American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton.
The event is open to the public. For details, call 440-834-8765.
VFW Ladies Auxiliary hosts breakfast
The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of Post 3863, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will host a breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 8 at the post home.
Breakfast will be $5 per person and all are welcome. For details, call the post at 440-942-3980.
Dinner with a slice of history
Cleveland’s Bomber Plant will be the topic of a dinner with a slice of history at the International Women’s Air and Space museum at Burke Lakefront Airport, 1501 North Marginal Road in Cleveland, at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program by Bill Meixner will start at 7 p.m.
Meixner will present a history of the bomber plant that was built in 1942. The 2.2 million-square-foot building now is known as the I-X Center and plays host to trade shows and entertainment events.
Tickets are $15 per person or $13 for IWASM members. Seats are limited and reservations are requested by Feb. 10. Call the museum at 216-623-1111 or online at www.iwasm.org.
Dinner and dancing for Valentine’s Day
American Legion Post 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host a Valentine’s Day dinner dance at the post Feb. 14. Dinner will be served 6 to 8 p.m., followed by dancing from 8 to 11 p.m.
The event will include side boards and a 50/50 raffle. To RSVP, call the post home at 440-942-7762 after 3 p.m.
Painesville legion hosts sweetheart breakfast raffle
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a sweetheart reverse raffle breakfast at 9 a.m. Feb. 15. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $20 and include admission, a $1,000 main board and a breakfast buffet. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.
Militaria Collectors Show returns to Lakeland
The annual Militaria Collectors Show presented by the Lakeland Community College Police Department will be March 20 and 21 in the college athletic and fitness center main gym.
Adult admission to the show will be $4, with children admitted for $2. Table reservations are $20 per table or $50 for three tables.
This is a buy, sell and swap event.
No firearms or ammunition will be permitted at the show. For details about the show visit www.lakelandmilitaryshow.info or call Dean Becker, Lakeland campus police, at 440-525-7241. Lakeland Community College is located at 7700 Clocktower Drive in Kirtland.
SAL host lucky shoots
Sons of the American Legion, Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host lucky shoots every Saturday through March 14 at the post home.
Doors open at 9 a.m. to sign up and shoots begin at 10 a.m. Full shoots will be $30.
A breakfast also will be available. For details, call the post home at 440-428-7893.
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