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Flags Damaged by Thunder Storms

Posted by Maquoketa VFW on June 18, 2011 at 11:51 PM Comments comments (0)


Members of Maquoketa’s veterans organizations display two large American flags that were damaged in the thunderstorm that struck Maquoketa late Sunday morning, May 29. Showing the flags are, from left, VFW and American Legion auxiliary members Shirley Winegar, Rosemary Bickford and Mary Ellen Kirk and American Legion adjutant Clifford Merrick.

TAKEN FROM MAQUOKETA NEWSPAPER WEBSITE - ARTICLE


 


 

Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial will visit Maquoketa

Posted by Maquoketa VFW on June 18, 2011 at 11:38 PM Comments comments (0)

MAQUOKETA — The Jackson County Moving Wall committee has announced that the Vietnam Moving Wall Memorial will visit Maquoketa from June 23 to 27.

 

The Moving Vietnam Wall Memorial will be on display at the Jackson County Fairgrounds west campus, located at 1212 E. Quarry St. in Maquoketa.

 

“We are honored that the Moving Wall will visit Jackson County and appreciate the efforts of the committee members in bringing this very special experience to Maquoketa,” Ronald Horan Jr., committee president, said. “The memorial helps to bring healing to veterans, families and friends of those who died or are missing in Vietnam, especially those who may not have the opportunity to see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. We strive to educate the community on the price veterans paid for us and the respect they deserve from us and give a chance to say thank you to those who gave their lives to that war effort. ‘The Moving Wall’ allows people to experience the memorial, to reach out and touch the name of someone they lost. Visiting the wall is a very emotional experience, even for people who don’t personally know someone who died in Vietnam for they touched us all in some way.”

 

“It is a great honor to be chosen to host the Moving Wall,” Jean Davidsaver, secretary/treasurer of the committee, said. “It is our intent to present the wall in such a way as to preserve the solemn nature of the memorial while providing an opportunity for our young people to learn more about this important part of our history and the great sacrifices made by our armed forces to preserve our freedoms.”

 

The Moving Wall is the half-size replica of the Washington, D.C., Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than 20 years. When John Devitt, the Moving Wall creator, attended the 1982 dedication in Washington, he felt the positive power of the wall. He vowed to share that experience with those who did not have the opportunity to go to Washington. Vietnam veteran volunteers built the Moving Wall and it went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas, in October 1984.

 

The Moving Wall is 253 feet long, made of high quality aluminum panels and lists 58,267 names of those lost in Vietnam. Of the 58,267 names listed, eight are women and approximately 1,300 are considered POW/MIA. The number of men and women that served in Vietnam is approximately 2.7 million.

 

The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall will be open to the public 24 hours daily from 4 p.m. June 23 through 4 p.m. June 27 for free.

 

An opening ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. June 23 and will feature American Legion Department of Iowa Commander Jerry Sebben as the keynote speaker. Closing ceremonies will take place at 3 p.m. June 27.

 

The Jackson County Historical Society will host a program June 26 about the Vietnam War at the JCHS Museum, located at the Jackson County Fairgrounds.

 

The Jackson County Moving Wall committee was formed by the Jackson County Republican Central committee, Baldwin AMVETS Post 64, Bellevue American Legion Post 273, the Jackson County Historical Society, Maquoketa VFW Post 3633, Maquoketa American Legion Post 75 and Andrew AMVETS Post 62 to bring this exhibit to Jackson County.

 

Those interested in contributing funds or volunteering may contact Ronald Horan Jr. at (563) 652-4998

TAKEN FROM A CLINTON HERALD - ARTICLE



 


MAQUOKETA VFW POST 3633 WAS HOST SATURDAY TO THE 2ND DISTRICT MEETING.

Posted by Maquoketa VFW on June 18, 2011 at 11:26 PM Comments comments (0)



THE MAQUOKETA VFW POST 3633 WAS HOST SATURDAY TO THE 2ND DISTRICT MEETING. THE EVENT STARTED WITH A NOON DINNER AT THE EAGLES CLUB. ABOUT 40 PEOPLE FROM THE DOZEN VFW POSTS IN THE DISTRICT WERE REPRESENTED. ABOUT HALF WERE POST MEMBERS AND THE OTHER HALF WERE VFW AUXILIARY MEMBERS. EACH HAD THEIR SEPARATE MEETING AFTER DINNER. OFFICERS WERE ELECTED AND MAQUOKETA VFW POST COMMANDER TOM WATTERS OF FULTON WAS ELECTED THE "SURGEON" FOR THE 2ND DISTRICT. TOM'S WIFE, ANGIE, WAS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE 2ND DISTRICT VFW AUXILIARY. SHOWN ABOVE RIGHT ...THE POSTS ARE LINED UP FOR THE "LOYALTY DAY" OBSERVANCE. EVERY YEAR FOR OVER 40 YEARS, THE VFW (VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS) CELEBRATE LOYALITY DAY ON MAY 1ST, OR NEAR THAT DATE. LOYALTY DAY....STRESSING THE POINT THAT VFW MEMBERS ARE LOYAL TO THEIR COUNTRY AND THEIR FLAG. MAYOR JASON HUTE WAS A GUEST AT THE CEREMONY, WITH A WELCOME TO MAQUOKETA. THE SPECIAL GUEST WAS THE VFW STATE COMMANDER, DARRELL BLASBERG OF WAVERLY. THE EVENT ENDED AROUND 4 P.M. COMMANDER BLASBERG SAID IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST ATTENDED DISTRICT MEETINGS HE HAS ATTENDED. ONLY THE DEWITT VFW POST WAS ABSENT. THE MAQUOKETA VFW POST MEETS AT 7 P.M. THE THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, AT THE EAGLES. THE POST SOLD THEIR POST HOME NORTH OF MAQUOKETA LAST YEAR, TO MAKE OPERATING DOLLARS GO FARTHER. ANY VETERAN, MAN OR WOMAN, THAT SERVED OVERSEAS SHOULD CONTACT COMMANDER TOM WATTERS, QUARTERMASTER ROGER SCHNOOR, OR ME (I AM A MEMBER) ABOUT JOINING THE LOCAL VFW POST AND SUPPORTING VETERANS PROGRAMS.

STORY TAKEN FROM  Dennis' Daily Report on KMAQ.COM


 


 


Camp Courageous to give program

Posted by Maquoketa VFW on June 18, 2011 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)



Maquoketa VFW Post 3633 invites Camp Courageous to give program.
September 24th, 2010

Thank you to Tom Watters of the Maquoketa VFW Post 3633 for inviting Camp Courageous to give a program to their Post. This Post has a long history of support of the camp through word and deed. This was the home Post of Honorary Board Member, Muriel Allen. Muriel was a one of a kind, who could sell 1,000 fruitcakes in the fall and 1,000 pineapple in the summer! Great group!


AS SEEN ON Camp Courageous Website
(HERE is the Original VFW Article)


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