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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Military and first responders angels in uniform

The Boston Marathon bombing brings yet another week to be thankful for this country’s first responders and military personnel.
The video of the Boston Marathon explosions and the reaction of those on site illustrate how lucky we are to have the police, fire, emergency medical and military personnel we have in this country.
The video of the blasts in Boston are short in length, but in that brief time, the clips show men in uniforms tearing apart the crowd control barriers and attending to the injured.
The blast had occurred moments before and the smoke was still clearing, yet these brave souls gave no thought to their own safety and charged ahead to help anyone needing assistance.
The photographs and video of the aftermath are graphic and even at such a dark time, the uniformed angels were in the center of the turmoil, showing an intense calm in a chaotic situation.
Security again will change and life as we have known it will also change. One constant will be the military and first responders who will be there to help in these tumultuous times.

Ladies Auxiliary hosts breakfast
The Ladies Auxiliary Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday at the post home.
For details, call 440-354-9090.

Veterans dinner a family event
A Veterans Hospitality Dinner will be served beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Old South Church, 9802 Chillicothe Road in Kirtland.
The dinner and dessert are free and there will be activities for children.
This is a family event to bring area veterans together in appreciation of their service.
Register in advance at to assure adequate food and staff. The event is sponsored by Ghost Rider Foundation.
Reverse raffle benefits

AMVETS District 20
AMVETS District 20 will host a reverse raffle April 27 at the Mentor-on-the-Lake Post 109, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd.
The dinner is $25 per person and includes one big board ticket. There also will be side boards, music and a cash bar.
For details or ticket information, call 440-463-3452 or 440-521-7235.
The event is open to the public and proceeds will benefit AMVETS veteran projects.

Annual Rally for the
Troops at Public Square

The 11th annual Rally for the Troops will begin at 11 a.m. April 28 in downtown Cleveland’s Public Square. The rally will conclude at noon. Monica Robins, WKYC-TV Channel 3 senior health correspondent, will serve as master of ceremonies and sing the national anthem.
The rally will conclude with a reading of the names of each of Ohio’s fallen heroes, followed by a gun salute, taps and “Amazing Grace” by the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipes and Drums.
The rally will take place rain or shine. The public is encouraged to attend to express support for active military, veterans and the families of Ohio Gold Star families, many of whom will attend the rally and read some of the fallen heroes’ names.
For details, call 440-263-8121 or email

Pasta dinner benefits
Wounded Warrior

Gunny’s Hall, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor ,will host a benefit pasta dinner at 5 p.m. April 28. Doors will open at 2 p.m., with the dinner beginning at 5. Tickets are $15 per person.
The event includes side boards and a 50/50 raffle. Half of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
For details, call the hall at 440-974-9380.

Walk for Fisher House in Euclid
Euclid American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Unit 343 will host a Walk for Fisher House on May 11 at the Euclid Sparky DiBiasio Stadium. Walkers may register for $20 and are encouraged to collect sponsor donations.
For details or registration, call Karen Kilkenney at 216-407-1286 or email

Celebrate Mothers Day
with Eastlake VFW

Eastlake VFW Post 3863 at 33641 Vine St. will serve a Mother’s Day breakfast from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 12 at the post home. Breakfast is $5 a person and mothers eat free. For details, call the post home at 440-942-3980.

Old flags wanted
Flag Day is June 14, and members of Jay Wilson Post 112 of the American Legion remind everyone that if your American flag is worn out, torn, or faded beyond proper use, drop it off at the post home, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison.
There is a drop box painted
red, white and blue for fast and hassle free drop-offs from your vehicle.
The membership of the post will present a public flag retirement ceremony at 6:30 p.m. June 11.
For details, call the post home at 440-428-7893. 

Korean War Veterans
Association members wanted

Korean War veterans and Korean service veterans are encouraged to consider joining the Korean War Veterans Association.
The group meets the last Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at VFW Post 1056, 580 E. 200th St. in Euclid.
Visit the Korean War Veterans Association website at to obtain a membership form or call the national membership office at 217-345-4414.

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

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