Veterans: VFW pauses to remember former US Senator Johnny Isakson | Guest Columns

The Veterans of Foreign Wars pay tribute to the life of former US Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), who died last Sunday at the age of 76.

Isakson began his civil service life as an Air National Guardsman in his home state of Georgia from 1966 to 1972. He served as a state representative and senator before being elected to the US House of Representatives in 1999 and later to the US Senate in 2005. Isakson was Member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and chaired the committee in 2015. One of his lasting successes was the passage of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 before he later stepped down from his Senate seat for health reasons. Year.

“The veteran community lost one of its champions yesterday,” said VFW National Commander Matthew “Fritz” Mihelcic on Monday. Senator Isakson has worked hard on legislation that will expand assumptions about exposure to toxins and ensure veterans and their families get the care and benefits they deserve. On behalf of the entire 1.5 million VFW family, we extend our condolences to Sen. Isakson’s family and friends. May he rest in eternal peace. “

Wreaths all over america

Every December, on National Wreaths Across America Day, our mission of “Remember, Honor, and Teach” is enhanced by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 2,500 other maritime and international locations in all 50 states accomplished . On December 18, our community gathered in Exeter Veterans Cemetery to honor our fallen. This year we have graced 2,500 graves of the 28,000 veterans whose final resting place is in this cemetery. We hope that next year we can increase the number of wreaths in honor of our fallen. Thank you to everyone who attended this solemn event.

Post 8955

Memorial Day and Veterans Day mark the time when members of the Amancio-Falcone-Gaccione Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8955 conduct their Buddy Poppy campaign across the Westerly community. These poppies commemorate the victims of the First World War and subsequent conflicts. The first Buddy Poppy campaign at national level was carried out by the VFW in 1922. Shortly afterwards, the red poppy was accepted as the official commemorative flower of the VFW. The donations raised through the poppy collection will be used to fund programs for veterans.

A few weeks ago, members of Post 8955 were stationed throughout our community looking for donations for our annual Buddy Poppy campaign. On behalf of the members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8955, I sincerely thank everyone who has contributed so graciously to our work. Your sincere contributions will return to our fellowship to benefit all veterans and their families who have rendered selfless service to our country.

Post 8955 will celebrate its 75th diamond anniversary on February 2, 2022. The celebrations begin at 6.30 p.m. with a short ritual followed by dinner. We’ll meet at Elks Lodge, 1 Dixon St., Westerly. All Post members are encouraged to attend this momentous event.

VFW welcomes everyone who meets our selection criteria. By serving this land, all of our members have earned their elite status. If you have received an election campaign medal for foreign service; Have served 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days in Korea; or have ever received payment for enemy fire or impending danger, then you are eligible to join our ranks.

New members are always welcome to attend our next monthly meeting on January 5th at 6:30 p.m. at our Post Home, 113 Beach St., Westerly. Meetings are every first Wednesday of the month. If you know a veteran or the family of a veteran in need please contact Comrade Dora Vasquez-Hellner at 401-212-6377 for assistance.

That day in military history

1944: On Leyte, part of the 77th US Division makes an amphibious move from Ormoc to San Juan, on the west coast of the island, north of Palompon, where Japanese troops are concentrated. The landing is without resistance. General MacArthur announces that the Leyte campaign has ended with total Japanese losses of 113,221.

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