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Thursday, September 3, 2015

This email is worth sharing

Do you know Pvt. Joseph P. Jupina?
The emails I get on a daily basis are usually normal requests to make sure an event is run or a meeting gets into print. Every now and then, something special comes across my desk.
I received an email from Ben L.G. Moolhuijsen of Margraten in the Netherlands. He is one of many European citizens taking care of the graves of U.S. servicemen buried in that country.
Pvt. Joseph P. Jupina was born in Girard, Macoupin County, Illinois, on Sept. 9, 1919, and joined the Army while in Cuyahoga County. Very little else is known about Jupina.
Moolhuijsen’s parents had cared for the grave since the war. Before his father’s death in April 2015, Moolhuijsen promised to continue to take care of the adopted grave of Jupina, who died on April 18, 1945.
Moolhuijsen has begun a search for the soldier’s relatives and has asked for assistance. He is waiting for the Army to send the deceased soldier’s personnel file.
I think it is wonderful that after so many years, a second generation is now taking care of the graves of our fallen, so they will never be forgotten.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Toys for Tots golf outing
The Col. Justice M. Chambers Marine Corps League Detachment 555, 8720 Twinbrook Drive in Mentor, has rescheduled its annual Toys for Tots golf outing.
The event will be Sept. 12 at Madison Country Club, 6130 Chapel Road in Madison.
Tickets are $80 for players and $20 for the dinner only. Hole sponsorships and tickets for the golf outing are available. Call Gunny’s Hall at 440-974-9380 or Joe Brooks at 440-477-1810.

Swiss steak dinner pre-sale only
The Ladies Auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4358, 29421 White Road in Willoughby Hills, will host a Swiss steak dinner from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 at the post home.
Dinners are $10 each, with tickets sold in advance only. Tickets may be purchased through Sept. 4. Call Rosina Drenski at 440-944-4903 for tickets and information.

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