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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Patriot Day should be time for Americans to reflect

There will be observances around the country in honor of those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, now known as Patriot Day.
It is hard to believe that 14 years have gone by since that sunny morning. The newsroom was in shock, just like the rest of the country. I have said this before, that was one day that I was really proud to be a part of this newsroom. The professionalism of the reporters, the organization of the editors and the teamwork of the entire staff was amazing.
The loss of lives that day in 2001 was horrific and should be observed with a moment of silence and the resolve that it should never happen again on American soil. The American people united as one to fight a common foe. Never in my lifetime had I observed the patriotism that seemed to spring up almost overnight after the attack. What happened to that?

9/11 Remembrance at 9:11 a.m.
On Sept. 11, the Fairport Harbor Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will hold a 9/11 Remembrance at the Fairport Senior Center. It will begin at 9:11 am. Coffee and doughnuts will follow the service. All are welcome.

Patriot Day program in Burton
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 of Burton-Middlefield will host a Patriot Day program in Burton Village Park at 11 a.m. Sept. 11.
The ceremony is open to the public. For details, call 440-834-8765.

Remembrance ceremony
Painesville VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St., will host a 9/11 remembrance, POW/MIA recognition and flag retirement program at 6 p.m. Sept. 13 at the post home. Everyone is welcome to participate and refreshments will be available after the ceremony.
For details, call George or Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.

World War II vet gets yard clean up help
American Legion Post 214 of Willoughby will be gathering at 9 a.m. Sept. 12 at the home of a World War II veteran in Mentor to help with some yard work. Volunteers with yard and lawn equipment, shovels, rakes, trash bags, etc. would be welcome. Call Bob Fratino at 440-487-3988 if you plan on attending.

Catholic War Veterans host membership drive
The Catholic War Veterans John Paul II Post 1959 will be at Sts. and Robert William Church, 367 E. 260th St. in Euclid, on Sept. 12 and 13, hosting a membership and poppy drive. Donations will be gratefully accepted.
The group also will be selling tickets for its reverse raffle Oct. 24 at the Patrician Party Center. Tickets are $65 for main board and $35 for dinner ticket only. For details, call Bill Varga at 440-352-2315.

Veterans Appreciation Day event
Veterans Appreciation Day will be 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 336, 60 Chester St. in Painesville.
This is a celebration for veterans, with food, prizes, benefit information and more. For more information, contact the Painesville Veterans Affairs Clinic at 440-357-6740.

Operation Sub Zero golf outing
Operation Sub Zero will host a golf outing at Madison Golf and Country Club beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sept.19.
Tickets are $100 per golfer and include 18 holes, cart, goodie bag, lunch, steak dinner, keg beer, Chinese auction and a 50/50 raffle. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and a shotgun start will be at noon.
Hole sponsors and donation of items for the auction would be gratefully accepted. Hole sponsors are $100. For details, contact Del Bethel at

Mentor VFW serves up clambake
Mentor Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9295, 8682 Mentor Ave., will host a clambake at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the post home. Clambake is $25, with extra clams at $8 per dozen. A chicken bake will be $17.
For reservations, call the post at 440-255-3473. Reservation deadline is Sept. 12.

Sixth annual post clambake
The sixth annual Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3863 Ladies Auxiliary clambake will be 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at the post home, 33641 Vine St. in Eastlake (behind the Save a Lot store).
Chicken dinner is $21; steak dinner is $23 and an extra dozen clams will be $8.
All tickets must be purchased by Sept. 18 at the post home. For information or further questions, call the post at 440-942-3980.

Newbury Legion hosts pig roast
Newbury American Legion Post 663 and its Auxiliary Unit will host the sixth annual pig roast from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Hunter Pavilion behind the post at 11008 Kinsman Road in Newbury.
Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance. Call 440-635-6390 or 440-834-1159 for tickets or more information.

World War II vets to be guests of VFW Post
VFW Post 4358, 29412 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a celebration and recognition of World War II veterans from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at the post home. Reservations must be in by Oct. 7.
This is an invitation to any WWII veterans and is free for those veterans and their spouse or caregiver. Tickets for additional guests will be sold only if space is available. This is the post’s way of saying thank you and to let those veterans know they are not forgotten.
To make a reservation, call the post at 440-944-1642 and ask for event chairman Ron Tipton. If he is not available, he will promptly return calls.
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