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Gold Star Mothers August Post Meeting Speakers

At the Post meeting on August 18, Monica McNeal, President of Washington Gold Star Mothers gave the Post an update on the group’s efforts. She reminded us of their mission statement: 

Monica McNeal 

“Finding strength in the fellowship of other Gold Star Mothers who strive to keep the memory of our sons and daughters alive by working to help veterans, those currently serving in the military, their families and our communities.” Gold Star Mothers are, of course, those whose sons or daughters have been killed in service to their country.

Tennis de Jong

McNeal then introduced Tennis de Jong, USMC veteran and a member of the Monument Committee, who presented an overview of the Gold Star Family Monument program. At the upper left is a photo of the Monument, one of which will be installed at Lynnwood’s Veteran Park in 2022. This Monument is sponsored by the Gold Star Mothers and the Hershel “Woody” Williams Foundation. These monuments help Gold Star Families and the community to remember and to see that their loved ones will not be forgotten. 

Edmonds Post Sponsors “Hero’s Cafe”

Post 8870 sponsored the July Hero’s Cafe , a monthly gathering for all veterans to focus on fostering positive outreach, interaction, and welfare within our community. This month’s event at the Verdant Wellness Center in Lynnwood, was well attended by approximately 85 veterans, friends and family.

Edmonds Post Sponsors “Hero’s Cafe”

The sponsoring Veterans organization each month is responsible to provide funds for food and other expenses and also personnel to set up and tear down for the event.

Post 8870 members Mike Denton, Les Abel, Carl Kurfess and Phil Sacks were present to execute our responsibilities, arriving early in the morning between 0830 and 0900 and staying to help host the event until around 1430 when clean up was complete.

Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith was present with a few remarks and to introduce the featured program consisting of a presentation from Snohomish County Fire District 1 on the proposed merger of the Lynnwood Fire Department with the Fire District.

Hero’s Cafe is sponsored by the City of Lynnwood, Work Source, VFW, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America, Disabled American Veterans, Gold Star Mothers, Catholic Charities USA and the EdCC Veterans Resource Center.