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The Auxiliary’s Corner—Valerie Ehlers

September is almost over now, and we are looking forward to October. Our October meeting will be on the 14th, at the usual time at the Senior Center.

Ladies, now is the time to pay your 2012 dues AND to recruit, recruit, recruit. The National Dues will be increasing by $1.50 on January 1, 2012. Save yourselves and your recruits a little money!

The first weekend in November (on the 4th and 5th) we will be having a Buddy Poppy campaign, I hope I can count on several of you to work a four hour shift at the Top Foods in Shoreline on either Friday or Saturday. It is always best to have 2 or more people working a shift together so you can give each other a “break” from the table once in a while. Sign-up sheets will be at the October meeting. It can be FUN, why don’t you give it a try?

Since the Senior Center will be closed on Veterans’ Day (Friday, November 11), the Auxiliary members decided at the September meeting that we would go along with whatever the Post was going to do so…we’ll see you at the American Legion Post that day. The Post will be supplying our food that day also. There is a small room available for us to have our meeting. Thank you members of the Post for thinking of us in you’re planning!

Chaplain’s Corner—Rock Roth

To preserve our freedom, we as a nation must continue to hold before the American people the spiritual foundation of our Country.  We must reaffirm our faith in Almighty God and constantly rekindle that spirit of humble reliance on Divine Guidance which inspired the Founders of our Country.  It behooves us as a Nation to arm our people in time of peril with the ageless weapons of moral and spiritual might and to uphold and preserve, unimpaired, the spiritual heritage of America.  We are and must be “One Nation under God”.

Looking to one of the greatest documents ever written, our Declaration of Independence, we witness its seminal opening passage “We hold these truths to be self-evident.”  Grounded in reason, “self-evident” truths invoke the long tradition of natural law, which holds that there is a “higher law” of right and wrong from which to derive human law and against which to criticize that law at any time.  It is not political will, but moral reasoning, accessible to all that is the foundation of our political system.  “One Nation under God”.

But if reason is the foundation of the Founders’ vision, the method by which we justify our political order, liberty is our aim.  Thus the cardinal moral truths are these:

“That all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” “One Nation under God”.

PBS Documentary Wins Emmy with Show on the Fallen Heroes Project

KBTC received an Emmy award for a program covering Post member Mike Reagan’s Fallen Hero project.  While the award is made to the station who put the program together and aired it, it is also about the project itself and Mike’s efforts to bring home love ones lost in the war.  Hopefully, at some future date, we will get a copy of it and play it at a meeting.

The Last Word

At the National convention there was a lot of gray hair (mine included), and I walked away firmly convinced that VFW would be that much stronger if we could involve our younger veterans in all levels of VFW.  Over the last few years, I’ve watched a lot of inertia when it came to adopting what I felt were beneficial resolutions to change the National By-Laws and Manual of Procedure.  Every organization needs to adjust to the times while retaining its core values.  What we need at both the Post, Department, and National level is the energy and the input of the younger members, not just their membership dues.  We can pass on to them what we know to minimize the learning curve, but it will be up to them to change VFW to meet their needs and those of the generations of veterans to follow them.

Who is This Member?

Who is This Good Looking Couple?
The couple left were married shortly after VE Day in England. He was stationed in England prior to participating in the Normandy Invasion as a paratrooper. She, on the other hand, pulled the strings of a 2 star general to make sure he didn’t miss the wedding day. Further on you’ll get the “Rest of the Story” and a picture of them at the last Post meeting. (Excuse the quality of the picture—a copy of a copy I suspect). Click here for the answer.

Congressman Jay Inslee Honors Post Member Mike Reagan for Fallen Heroes Project

Congressman Jay Inslee Honors Post Member Mike Reagan for Fallen Heroes ProjectAt the August 12th meeting, Congressman Jay Inslee honored Edmonds portrait artist and Post member, Michael Reagan, for his work with the Fallen Heroes Portrait Foundation. Earlier this year, Congressman Inslee read into the Congressional Record a proclamation recognizing and praising Reagan for his unselfish commitment to providing surviving families with portraits of their loved ones who had lost their lives while engaging in the country‘s War on Terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan.

While presenting a copy of the resolution to Mike, Mr. Inslee noted that the portraits that Mike draws and provides free of charge to Gold Star families brings ―great comfort to family members and helps in the healing process.‖ Commander Jim Traner presented Mike with a check in the amount of $1,000 to support the wonderful work that he does and commended Reagan for the love, support, comfort, and peace he furnishes to the families of his fallen comrades.

To date, Mike has provided over 2,600 portraits to the families of our Fallen Heroes. As an expression of his thanks to Congressman Inslee for the national recognition that he had brought to the Fallen Heroes Project, Reagan presented a portrait of the Congressman to him. Guests who attended this presentation included Mayor Mike Cooper, State Senator Marilyn Chase, County Council member Stephanie Wright.

Fallen Heroes Project—2,600 Portraits of Fallen Heroes

This is tough to present properly, but I will try to give you folks who don‘t attend meetings an idea of Mike‘s work. Mike is reading a poem that a Gold Star mother wrote to Mike at the presentation at the last meeting. However, I want all of you who haven‘t seen his work up close to look at some of the 2,600 portraits that Mike has drawn. What you see are a sample of the 12 poster collages of Mike‘s drawings of KIA‘s primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. Multiply 2,600 times the family members that have been impacted by his work and you understand why our Post supports his efforts and will continue to do so.

Fallen Heroes Project—2,600 Portraits of Fallen Heroes


Dues are Due—but a Discount is Available

You will be receiving , if you already haven‘t, a bill for your dues as your membership expired 6/30. If the Post receives your payment by September 30th, your dues will be reduced to $20. After that, they will increase to the usual $25. Hey—that is a 20% savings so pay early and take advantage of putting $5 into your pocket. Better yet, consider a life membership. And if you know anyone who is a member at large (unaffiliated with a Post), remind them that they are paying $35—that is $15 too much. Give them an application to our Post.