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Meeting Speakers Needed 

It is our practice to schedule a speaker to precede each of our monthly Post business meetings, the scheduling of which requires some help from all of us. Appropriate topics can be wide ranging, but ideally would fall into categories of interest to veterans and or a variety of community service topics. Speakers from the VA, other veterans organizations, health care, youth organizations, (scouting, athletic groups, etc) or local civic issues of interest to the broader community, could be appropriate. 

If you know of someone or some group who could give the membership a talk of twenty minutes or so duration, talk to Commander Duane Bowman about scheduling them. Perhaps you have a topic of your own you could present! Our meeting attendance is impacted by the quality of speaker offerings we have. We’ll buy them supper! 

March Speaker: Lorraine Zimmerman, Wreaths Across America

March Speaker: Lorraine Zimmerman, Wreaths Across AmericaLorraine Zimmerman will speak to the Post at the March meeting to share the story of Wreaths Across America and particularly the recurring event at Evergreen Washelli.

Post 8870 has provided financial support to the program in the past and expects to continue our participation.

These wreaths represented each branch of the service, plus one for prisoners of war.

 (Photo courtesy MyEdmondsNews.com)

September Meeting Speaker: Bruce Meyers

Col. Meyers will speak to the Post on his experiences at Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War. Below is a description of his book “Reflections of a Grunt Marine” copies of which will be available for sale at the meeting.


It’s difficult to put Bruce F. Meyers in any one slot. Multi-faceted, inventive, dedicated …and some might say driven to excel, Col,. Bruce F. Meyers charged at challenges and at life with ingenuity, hard work, and a joie de vivre that inspires and fascinates the reader. Bruce began a brilliant military career in the U.S. Marine Corps as a University of Washington NROTC graduate in 1945. As a Marine, he saw action in Korea and then went on to develp innovative and clandestine means for special troop insertions in war zones—some of which are still practiced by Navy SEALs and Special Forces. In Vietnam, having advanced to the rank of colonel Bruce commanded 6,300 troops at the legendary 63-day siege of Khe Sanh. Later, Bruce served at the Pentagon and as a White House aide. After twenty-eight years in the Marine Corps, Bruce returned to Washington state and practiced law for more than two decades. This is the story of an exceptional grunt Marine and the amazing legacy he created.