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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Painesville Legion to host Remembrance Tribute

American Legion Riders Chapter 336 will host “A Remembrance Tribute” to Ohio veterans at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The tribute will be held at American Legion Post 336 at 60 Chester St. in Painesville.
The event will feature the
traveling Ohio POW-MIA Vietnam Wall and a remembrance ceremony performed by Rolling Thunder.
Neighbors are likely to hear the thrum of a Black Hawk helicopter that is expected to land at the post.
After the ceremony, a dinner will be available for purchase, followed by music with a cash
Rolling Thunder was organized in 1987, with a mission to educate the public of the fact that many American prisoners of war were left behind after all past wars.
This group has been instrumental in passage of legislation to encourage the remembrance of POW-MIAs from all wars.
Since 1988, thousands of Rolling Thunder motorcycles gather in Washington, D.C., for the annual memorial ride.
The ride continues to remind the country to demand a full accounting of all POW-MIAs.
The event at American Legion Post 336 is open to the public.
For details call the post at 440-357-7711, Steve Anderson at 440-413-1055 or Mike Bodnar at 440-346-2141.

Willowick Legion
hosts Poor Man’s raffles

American Legion Post 678, 570 E. 328th St. in Willowick, will host Poor Man’s Reverse raffles at 6 p.m. June 14 at the post home. Tickets are $10 and there will be side boards and a cash bar. For tickets and information, call 440-342-0706.

Flag Day is June 14
Jay Wilson Post 112 of the American Legion reminds 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 post membership will present a public flag retirement Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. For details call the post home at 440-428-7893. 

 American Legion Post 459, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host a flag retirement ceremony behind the post home at 1 p.m. June 14.
The public is welcome. For details, call 440-834-8764.

 Willowick American Legion Post 678 and Eastlake Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863 will host a flag retirement ceremony at the Boulevard of 500 Flags in Eastlake at 11 a.m. June 16.
For details, call the American Legion at 440-943-9659 or the VFW at 440-942-3980.

Military Night
at Captains Stadium

Military Night at Classic Park, 35300 Vine St. in Eastlake, will be June 14. Watch the Lake County Captains v. Great Lakes Loons game, which starts at 7 p.m., and stay for the fireworks following the game.
Discount tickets for military members are $5.
For tickets, call 440-975-8085.

AMVETS Post 109
to host fundraiser

AMVETS Post 109, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor-on-the-Lake, will host a fundraiser for the family of John Makse, beginning with a steak dinner 5 to 8 p.m. June 15.
Jerry Cole and the High Plains Drifters will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. and drawings for the side boards and Chinese auction will begin at 8.
Makse, an Air Force veteran, passed away in March at the age of 48.
All proceeds will help with funeral expenses.
Any musicians who wish to attend and jam are welcome to do so in John’s honor.
Tickets are $15 per person or two for $25.
For tickets call 440-257-9217 or Jim Parmator at 440-523-0881 or 440-257-3700.

Legion Riders host flea market
The Legion Riders of American Legion Post 112, 6671 Middle Ridge Road in Madison, will host the Second Annual Flea Market on June 15 at the post home. Spaces will be $10 with table; second table is $5.
Spaces under the covered pavilion are limited.
The sale is open to everyone who would like to clean out their attic, garage or basement. Vendors are welcome.
Proceeds from the sale will help veterans in Lake County.
For details or to reserve a space, call Tom at 440-724-6871.

Flea market benefits color guard
American Legion Post 336 Annual Color Guard Flea Market and Garage Sale will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 20 through 22 at the post, 60 Chester St. in Painesville. Table space is available for $5 per table outside and $7 per table inside per day.
For details, call 440-357-7711.

Motorcycle run benefits veterans
The 8th Annual Burton Middlefield Rotary Motorcycle Run to raise funds for local veterans will be June 20 beginning at the Geauga County Fairgrounds, 14373 North Cheshire St. in Burton.
The ride will be led by county Sheriff Dan McClelland and his dog, Midge. Registration and sponsorship information can be found at

VFW hosts rummage sale
VFW Post 6519, 752 Water St. in Chardon, will host a rummage sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21 and 22 at the post home.
No furniture or clothing will be available.
For details, call the post home at 440-285-3699.

Reverse Raffle
at Mentor VFW Post

VFW Post 9295, 8682 Mentor Ave. in Mentor, will host a reverse raffle beginning at 5:30 p.m. July 13 at the post home.
The evening will include side boards, a 50/50 drawing, and a $1,000 giveaway. Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by the drawing at 7:15. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
For details, call the post at 440-255-3473 or Bud Spreng at 440-255-2917.

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