*From my family to all of you; as we enter April, may everyone have a Blessed Easter and enjoy the weekend with family and friends. Spring is here and as we drive around and notice the new life in gardens and flower beds, let us also start a new life by being forgiving, calling someone you have lost contact with, and reaching out to someone who needs help. You will feel the reward with your heart and carry that with you forever.
*A list of volunteers we need to thank is posted in “Latest News” and under “Gallery”, pictures showing the VFW Post and the remodeling/updates to the American Legion Post. Please take the time to review them and if you wish to use one of the pictures, left click on it, (it should enlarge), then right click and then left click on save image as. Then download or save in a file of your choosing. These are pictures of our history: all posts, all branches, all Veterans, all Patriots.
*The comments I have heard so far have been positive regarding the Legion Post and how the canteen is set up. We did reposition the pool table and have now added some hooks (for purses) and a foot rest to the bar. Our challenge now is to get Thursday food nights going again and making arrangements to start the steak fries. To those of you that have visited and found it accommodating; invite a friend or two, give us some feedback, and ideas. Your feedback or ideas, should also include what YOU will do too assist with those items.
*From last month of items purchased to help the kitchen/canteen please note the additional items:
Jim Brandau family – wine glasses/bar towels
Richard Miller family – bar towels/dish towels
Jean Lanske – wine glasses/bar snacks
MJ Steinbach/Sandy Shinn – brought back flat screen TV
*Thanks also go to Duane & Jan Rieckenberg for the donation of new sweatshirts to the Iowa Veterans Home and to Garry’s Tire Service for upgrading the tires on the trailer used for hauling the Harlington Cemetery flagpoles.
*Noteworthy: On March 21st; Patty Kaiser, Jean Lanske, myself and help from AMVETS Post 31, Evansdale participated in a “Foreign Food Fair” at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown.
Participating Veteran’s organization are responsible for providing food for residents to try. Approximately 110 residents participated along with about 30 volunteers. Assisting and watching these residents, their excitement and comments, gives me a reality check on just how blessed I am. Happy Easter to all of you.
*History bits for April:
April 4, 1949 – The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) was created when twelve nations united for military defense against the expansion of Soviet Russia.
April 6, 1917 – Congress approved a declaration of war, and the U.S. entered WWI in Europe.
April 10, 1942 – This was the start of a six day march of American and Filipino prisoners (76,000 Allied POWs) without food or water, the Bataan Death March, of which 5,000 Americans perished.
April 12, 1861 – Confederate troops opened fire on Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC beginning the start of the Civil War.
April 17, 1961 – Who remembers the “Bay of Pigs fiasco”?
April 19, 1989 – An explosion in a gun turret on the USS Iowa killed 47 sailors.
April 25, 1945 – U.S. and Russian troops link up at Torgau, Germany.
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