Owen Coffman Legion Post 519 (Palm Springs, Calif.) recently dedicated its main hall room to one of World War II’s lost heroes, Roaul Prieto. While a deceivingly simple gesture, it is an honor that has been a long time coming, much in thanks to Roaul’s nephew, Legionnaire Eugene R. Prieto.
Eugene was a young boy, 6 or 7, when his grandparents received the letter from the Army Air Corps that changed his whole life: it said simply that Roaul had been killed.
The highest honor that can be awarded a man in the military is the Congressional Medal of Honor. About 3,400 of these medals have been awarded to members of the military in the five branches of service since 1861. Elizabethtown has the honor of being the home of record for not one but two such heroes: Lt. Robert Dale Reem of the United States Marine Corps and Sgt. William David Port of the United States Army.
Reem graduated from Elizabethtown High School in June 1943, joined the Marine Corps in August 1943 and was selected to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
The new Veteran’s Memorial at Oakdale City Hall creates an enduring space for citizens to honor military friends and family, enhanced by the use of retaining walls, paver surfaces and natural stone.
The city celebrated its first official Memorial Day on Tuesday, May 28, 2013, said Park Superintendent Randy Bastyr, so that local VFW and American Legion post members who were already booked at other observances could participate. The event included a flag ceremony, color guard, gun salute, bugler, guest speaker Col.
The Wisconsin town of Bloomer may have less than 4,000 residents, but it came together to create a memorial that honors nearly 3,000 veterans, who represent every war era in the United States except the Revolution.
Between the donated land, the donated materials, labor and monetary gifts, the city and its veterans groups raised an estimated $250,000 to see the five-year project through from vision to dedication.
"In my mind, it’s not just a veterans memorial.
The Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery committal hall is getting a unique memorial: five 8-by-10-foot oil paintings representing the five different military branches.
The Army painting is finished and displayed; the Navy painting is almost finished; and the artist, Charles Kapsner, is making plans for the upcoming Coast Guard project. The project, which will take nearly a decade to complete, is funded totally by donations.
Under a bright sunny sky people lined the streets of Loretto, Pa., to watch the annual parade and take in the Memorial Day activities.
It was a joint effort of the Loretto American Legion and Auxiliary Post No. 748. Kenneth Clark, commander of the Loretto Legion, welcomed everyone. The parade with many participants made its way down the Main Street.
Then everyone went to the local cemetery where a program was held.
At the quarterly Memorial Ceremony (April-June 2013) held on July 13, 2013, American Legion Post 284 of Belleview, Fla., was honored to read of the names of all the deceased veterans Of Marion County. There were 116 names to be read. The ceremony was held at Veterans Memorial Park in Ocala, Fla.
Pictured from left to right: Bill Furlow, Lee Rush, Bud Barbier, Ron Ciampi, Pam Styx, Jerry Montgomery and Post Commander Ed Jaworski.
In 2006, the village of Sheridan, Ill., approved the construction of a veterans memorial. The first phase consisted of a flagpole and an American flag. After a number of phases over the last six years, we are now entering the memorial’s completion. The last two items will be a 4’ wide, 6’8”-high stone monument and we're contemplating an artillery piece.
The post helped to organize raffles and garner donations. The park is public-funded. The whole community is pretty proud of it.
We have a large amount of veterans here, and an awful lot of veterans in our cemeteries, so it’s important.
It was a beautiful day on March 30, 2013, one that I am sure that the Vietnam veterans will never forget. For the first time New Hampshire officially welcomed home those who served their country in Vietnam.
In 2007, both the U.S. Congress and U.S. Senate passed resolutions proclaiming March 30 the official “Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.” One of American Legion Post 39’s members, Steve Winter, was the House sponsor of Senate Bill 398, a bill “proclaiming March 30, 2013, as Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day.”
The bill was signed by Gov.
A new Veterans Memorial at American Legion Post 35 in Madison, Neb., was dedicated on Memorial Day.
The memorial is located adjacent to Post 35 headquarters and consists of 10 columns containing individual engraved bricks with the names, branch and years of service for more than 315 local veterans. Other local businesses and individuals are also represented. The interior of the memorial is a lighted, paved patio for parties and other functions.
We were vacating our old post building. It had been sold to the county in 1975, then we had rented it for our meetings. In 2011 the county sold it, and so that September we had to get out and remove our stuff from the storage spaces. I was helping in a real dark closet with a chain-pull light in the ceiling. When I turned it on, I could barely make out what was in there. As I was removing a box, I saw a memorial for the “men of the community who lost their lives during World War II.” There were 38 names.
We were astonished.
More than four decades after Pfc. Melvin Newlin was killed in action during the Vietnam War and posthumously received the Congressional Medal of Honor, his hometown of Wellsville, Ohio, still celebrates his service through its many memorials that keep his story alive.
But when Melvin enlisted in the Marines in 1966, he was only 18, fresh out of high school, and the war in Vietnam was escalating.
“He said he wanted to do something for his country,” said Mary Crago, his sister.
On Sept. 17, 2007, Lowhill Township (Pa.) dedicated a memorial to honor the fallen. It is a beautiful black granite monument, made from the same piece of granite as the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.
There was only one name on this monument, that of our son, Cpt. Mark T. Resh, July 22, 1978 - Jan. 28, 2007, Silver Star recipient.
I was surprised to see only our son's name, but questioned why there were no others, as surely there must have been someone killed in action from a previous war.
On Saturday, May 18, members of the Civil Air Patrol, Vienna, Girl Scout Troop 80796, Cub Scout Pack 67, and Boy Scout Troop 67 of Newton Falls came together to honor our veterans. With members of American Legion Post 236, they placed flags on the graves of veterans buried at the Ridge Road Cemetery in Newton Falls, Ohio. One of the girls was heard saying, “I never knew we had so many veterans here.”
On Memorial Day, May 27, 2013, Post 34 Commander, Pasco Mayor Pro Temp and Gold Star Mother Shirley Schmunk unveiled the memorial at City View Cemetery in Pasco, Wash.
In January 2013, Commander Mike Jones had formed a committee consisting of each of the Legion Family (Sons, Auxiliary, Riders and Legion) members. Their duty was to raise funds for a Gold Star Memorial. On the memorial is the official Gold Star Mothers Plague. The plaque is the first one used on a memorial in the state of Washington.
The "Doughboy" statue of a World War I American soldier in the city cemetery in New Ulm, Minn., has been decorated for Memorial Day once again.
For more than 26 years, led by Denis Warta, this memorial has been decorated each year by a group of former servicemen.
This year Denny Warta (U.S. Navy) and his brother Norm Warta (U.S. Air Force), joined by John Ingebritson (U.S. Marine Corps) and George Glotzbach (U.S.
“Casualties of War”
When the soldier falls –
And a life is lost
The supreme sacrifice –
The ultimate cost
Hence fulfilled the duty –
Went to meet the call
Each one of them killed –
Surely effects us all
The loss of a comrade –
Has a strong impact
On the surviving troops –
That is a cold, hard fact
A frequent occurrence, death -
Which goes on day after day
Every battle, every skirmish –
Death does not go away
The remains are always handled –
With very special care
Transported to a haven –
Then readied to repair
Cleaned up, put back together –
As well as one can
The 120-pound concrete American Legion Emblem was originally installed on the post building located at 321 South Santa Fe Ave., Vista, Calif., in 1948.
In 2010, shortly after our move, Rich Scott (left) single-handedly removed the emblem from the old building, sand blasted it and turned it over to Ray Johnson (center) who repainted the emblem. Tom Williams (right) built the steel frame and on May 15, 2013, Frank Fundak and Jerry Moore installed the historic piece on the wall of our new facility where it will be proudly displayed for another 65 years!
I don't think that any town honors its veterans like Cambridge, Ohio. It has the World War I Gun, statues of tribute to every phase of our military heritage from the Revolution to the current war on terror. We recently dedicated a monument to the Twin Towers. When you approach the courthouse square, you will be in awe of the look, the feel and the dedication this town gives its veterans!