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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Lack of respect in salute

I have always been big on respect, chain of command and good manners.
I have always believed that giving respect to superiors earns the return of that respect. That comes from learning the Golden Rule early on and remembering what I would like to be treated like. This past week, I have begun to wonder what in the world is happening to the respect we show those who protect us.
Yes, I am referring to the “Latte Salute” that has been all over the news. If you have been under a rock somewhere and have no idea what I am talking about, I am referring to the half-hearted, coffee in hand salute that President Obama gave one of his Marine guards while disembarking from the Marine One helicopter.
I understand that as the commander in chief he is to be saluted, and since he is not actually in the armed services, his returning a salute is not required by protocol.
Really? How about some plain old respect for those that keep us all safe and sound? When it comes to safety I cannot think of anyone I would rather have on my team than the United States Marine Corps.
The United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School Training Command manual calls the salute “the most important of all military courtesies.”
Mr. President, those men who salute you and protect you are not part of the household staff, they are United States Marines who deserve your respect. The return of a salute is not required by you, but if you are going to salute, do it respectfully, and not as an afterthought to your cream and sugar.

VFW hosts monthly dinner
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a monthly dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month at the post home. Call the post for details.

Rock-A-Thon rocks on
The 18th Annual Rock-A-Thon to benefit the Hospice of the Western Reserve Peaceful and Proud Program will be Sept. 27 in front of Perry AMVETS Post 11971, 4129 Main St. in Perry. The post is looking for sponsors and rockers for the event. For details call 440-259-4242.

Newbury Legion hosts pig roast
Newbury American Legion Post 663, 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury Township, will host its fifth annual pig roast dinner in the Hunter Pavilion behind the post from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27. Dinner hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 advance sale. Tickets are half price for children ages 12 and younger, or those kids can have a free hot dog dinner. The event also includes a pie auction and a 50/50 raffle. For details or ticket information, call 440-834-1159.

Clambake season
VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host a clambake at 4 p.m. Oct. 4, at the post.
Dinner will be $21 and extra clams will be $6 per dozen. Dinners must be ordered in advance and all orders are due by Sept. 27.
For details, call 440-867-8145.

VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host its annual clambake beginning at 4 p.m. Oct. 4.
Tickets are $31 for bake with steak; $25 for a bake with chicken; and extra clams will be $8. Tickets will be available in advance only and must be purchased before Sept. 30. Reservations can be made at the post using check, cash or credit/debit cards or on the website at
For questions, call the post home at 440-944-1642.

VFW Post 3863, Ladies Auxiliary Unit, at 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake, will host a clambake from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the post home.
Tickets must be purchased by Sept. 29 at the post. Ticket prices are $20 bake with chicken; $23 bake with steak; and extra clams will be $8 per dozen.
For information or questions call the post at 440-943-3980 or Jera at 440-477-8301.

Tailgate party at Painesville Legion
American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville, will host a Browns/Steelers tailgate party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at the post home. Tickets are $10 and include admission, $1,000 raffle, food, soft drinks and draft beer. For details, call the post home at 440-357-7711.

Reverse Raffle at Madison VFW
VFW Post 8548, 7604 Lake Road E. in Madison Township, will host a reverse raffle beginning at 4 p.m. Oct. 18.
Tickets are $40 per person and include dinner. The evening will include an open bar, Chinese auction, side boards and 50/50 raffle.
For details or tickets, call the post home at 440-428-3050.

Billy Sullivan to appear at Willoughby VFW
The Willoughby VFW, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will host an evening with Billy Sullivan from 8 to 11 p.m., Oct. 25 at the post home.
Sullivan toured with The Raspberries, played with Gary Lewis and the Playboys and shared the stage with Mark Lindsay, Mitch Ryder, Peter Frampton, Mark Farner, Ian Hunter and many other rock ’n’ roll legends. His performance will include music from the 1950s through to today.
The event will be a membership drive with all proceeds benefiting the VFW Charities. Bar-type food and a cash bar will be part of the fun. Tickets are $5 for members or $10 for nonmembers. For tickets, call Don Boston at 440-669-3495.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

and what should he have done with the cup in his hand,leave it on the chopper for someone else to clean up

September 24, 2014 at 4:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

reagan started saluting them,it is not required of any president.He is their commander in chief.Get your facts right before you cherry pick what to complain about with our president. Oh and my ww2 father in law told me that yrs ago.

September 26, 2014 at 12:10 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you have a problem with the "dog salute" by Pres. George W. Bush ?

September 26, 2014 at 1:25 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And Bush should have dropped his doggie when he gave that famous salute with a canine in hand...oh one reported on that!

September 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please stop with your phony patriotism, maybe this kind of crap plays well at the bar with the other phony so called patriots, but the true patriots that keep us safe and sound would never criticize our Commander in Chief.

September 30, 2014 at 9:33 PM 
Anonymous Lee Bishop said...

Appreciate you comment about the president's thoughtless salute. Without beating a dead horse, we Vietnam veterans are particularly sensitive to disrespect.

October 1, 2014 at 8:29 AM 

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