December 16, 2023
The Wreaths Across America organization coordinates wreath-laying ceremonies at more that 3,700 locations nationwide on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, the holiday is on December 16, and volunteers are needed to continue this tradition of honoring fallen heroes by placing a wreath on their grave marker and to "say their name," to ensure their legacy is not forgotten.
There is no cost to attend, all are welcome. To find out more about how you can host a ceremony in your area, visit wreathsacrossamerica.org.
Commander Ray Lopez
Greetings! We had an amazing Mid-Winter Conference last week. I love gathering together and energizing each other to continue our mission of service to Michigan. A lot of great ideas were shared and resources spread to leadership to take back to their communities across the state. Congratulations to all the Voice of Democracy, Patriot's Pen and Teacher of the Year recipients recognized this past weekend as well!
Last weekend also held a fundraising gala to restore one of the 21st Infantry Regiment Civil War Battle Banners in Ionia, where $8,600 was raised to the restoration! Thank you to the leadership of VFW Posts 4646 and 12082 for taking on this project of preserving Michigan's military history.
On the note of history, February is Black History month. Our black brothers and sisters have a long and illustrious history of service to our nation. I encourage you to take a moment and read some of these incredible stories of our predecessors, fellow veterans and active service members.
As always, thank you for your continued service. You change lives by sharing resources and being a leader in your communities.
A satirical reflection by Author/Artist Phil Fehrenbacher
Phil enlisted in the Army in 1965 where you served for years in Vietnam. He became a graphic designer and has worked for the state of Oregon for 26 years. He retired in 2003 and started the Cartoon "In-Country". The cartoons reflect his experiences during his tour of duty in South Vietnam.
There is a new cartoon everyday.