Issue III June 2011 COMMANDERS CORNER Congratulations to the new officers 2011-2012. Commander - Harold Houk Sr.-Vice Commander - Chester Jones Flags Out... "The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with Jr-Vice Commander - Robert Harrell flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country and during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in Quartermaster Robert - Easton almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this obser- vance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in Chaplain - Gerald Day their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit." Judge Advocate - Robert Daugherty The two ceremonies were joined in 1868, and northern states commemo- Surgeon - Kenneth Raines rated the day on May 30. The southern states commemorated their war dead on different days. Children read poems and sang civil war songs and veter- 3 year Trustee - Harry House ans came to school wearing their medals and uniforms to tell students about the Civil War. Then the veterans marched through their home towns followed 2 year Trustee - Stewart Vest by the townspeople to the cemetery. They decorated graves and took photo- graphs of soldiers next to American flags. Rifles were shot in the air as a 1 year Trustee - George Newland salute to the northern soldiers who had given their lives to keep the United States together. In 1882, the name was changed to Memorial Day and soldiers who had The new year is full of promise! New carpet has died in previous wars were honored as well. In the northern United States, it was designated a public holiday. In 1971, along with other holidays, Presi- been installed at the Post Home. If you haven’t dent Richard Nixon declared Memorial Day a federal holiday on the last Mon- checked it out yet, come on down and see. day in May. We have several items for members to use, in- Cities all around the United States hold their own ceremonies on the last cluding 2 computers with Internet access (one soon Monday in May* to pay respect to the men and women who have died in wars or in the service of their country. to be with a cac card reader), a Wii game system, Memorial Day is not limited to honor only those Americans from the armed Pool Table, Cable TV, etc.. Come in and check it forces. It is also a day for personal remembrance. Families and individuals out. honor the memories of their loved ones who have died. Church services, Our Post has qualified for All-State Honors this visits to the cemetery, flowers on graves or even silent tribute mark the day with dignity and solemnity. It is a day of reflection. year. Thank you to all who have worked so hard to see this year be a successful one. Any Post mem- ber interested in a white hat may order one. Please see Rick House or Bob Easton for the necessary forms for ordering. Rick House FATHER KNOWS BEST His heritage to his children Top 10 Things wasn’t words or possessions, You’ll NEVER Hear a Dad Say but an unspoken treasure, MO VFW Service Officer Fundraiser Pins the treasure of his example 10. Well, how‘bout that? I’m lost! Looks are in. They are available at BINGO, as a man and a father. like we’ll have to stop and ask for direc- through the Quartermaster, Ladies Auxiliary ~Will Rogers Jr. tions. Treasurer or they can be available through 9. You know Pumpkin, now that you’re YOU. For more info please contact the QM thirteen, you’ll be ready for un- or LA Treasurer for more information. It’s only when you grow up and step chaperoned car dates. Won’t that be fun? back from him—or leave him for 8. I noticed that all your friends have a your own career and your own certain hostile attitude. I like that. FLAG SCHEDULE 2011 home—it’s only then that you can 7. Here’s the credit card and the keys to measure his greatness and my new car. Go Crazy!! 6. What do you mean you wanna play Flag Day—Tuesday, June 14 fully appreciate it. football? Figure skating isn’t good Independence Day—Monday, July 4 ~Margaret Truman enough for you, son? 5. Your Mother and I are going away for Labor Day—Monday, September 5 Source—Family Circle 6/10/03 the weekend. You might want to con- _________________________ sider throwing a party. Patriot’s Day—Sunday, September 11 4. Well, I don’t know what’s wrong with Columbus Day—Monday, October 10 No. 1 on Our List — Literally! your car. Probably one of those doo- A father was completely lost in the hicky thingies—ya know, that makes it Veterans Day—Friday, November 11 kitchen and never ate unless someone run or something. Just have it towed to a prepared a meal for him. When Mother mechanic and I’ll pay whatever he asks. Pearl Harbor Day—Wed., December 7 was ill, however, he volunteered to go to 3. No son of mine is going to live under Flags up——6:50 am the supermarket for her. She sent him this roof without an earring. Now quit Flags Down—4:45 pm off with a carefully numbered list of your belly-aching, and let’s go to the seven items. Dad returned shortly, very mall. Meet in front of the Elks Lodge proud of himself, and proceeded to un- 2. Waddya wanna go and get a job for? I (Center North Side of Square) pack the grocery bags. He had: make plenty of money for you to spend. Contact: Bill Harrison (660) 492-0183 One bag of sugar, two dozen eggs, three 1. What do I want for Father’s Day? hams, four boxes of detergent, five Aahh—don’t worry about it. It’s no big boxes of crackers, six eggplants, and deal. (They may say it, but they don’t mean it). seven green peppers. Source—www.rd.com Solution on back page (don’t peek yet). Please keep your address updated to help us avoid costs from the Postal Service. We pay $.50 for each correction. Thanks If you are interested in receiving our Post newsletter electronically please send an email to email@example.com and request to be placed on the newsletter email list. Each month you will receive an email with a link to the newsletter on the internet. The benefits are that you will receive the newsletter earlier, in color and you will save the post $.15 each month. Preserving the Memory of the Fallen That we are remembering a special class of citizen on Memorial Day goes without saying Memorial Day needs a public revival. Far too few Americans genuinely appreciate the sacrifices made on their behalf. “Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten VFW NATIONAL HOME as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.” FOR CHILDREN It is only appropriate that on the 150th anniversary of the Civil War’s beginning that we quote the founding NEW website is up, Check it out at words of Decoration Day, long since called Memorial Day. John Logan, then head of the Grand Army of the Re- http://www.vfwnationalhome.org/ public (GAR), called General Order No. 11 (issued May 5, 1868) the proudest act of his life. If you’re not already a Life Member That’s saying a lot considering his military record as a Civil War general. Declaring May 30 a national day of remembrance throughout the North was indeed a monumental moment. However, the divisions caused by the war please consider it for this worthwhile prevented that day from being universally accepted until WWI. organization. Cost is $35.00 and in- Today, the problem is an apathetic public. Back then, after the Civil War, most American families had a per- cludes a Life Member Pin. sonal connection to a death in uniform. Now, only a handful does. (The holiday’s commercialization in 1968— when its observation was changed to the last Monday in May—minimized its true meaning, too.) “Few Americans are touched personally by the ongoing conflicts overseas,” editorialized The Washington BRAIN BUILDERS Times. “The vast majority have no direct contact with the war in any form, much less knowing someone who fell.” Yet it is precisely in wartime that Memorial Day is most poignant. This is especially so because less than 1% Try to fill in the missing numbers. of the population is bearing the burden. A survey taken among military families revealed that 94% felt discon- Use the numbers 1 through 9 to nected from the larger society, feeling that their sacrifices are unappreciated. complete the equations. Each num- Remembering is vital. “Memory is the key to the character not only of a person, but a country,” Kathy Roth- ber is only used once. Each row is a Douquet, a Marine wife and founder of Blue Star Families, wrote in USA Today. “Memory is necessary for both historic and moral understanding.” math equation. Work from left to That we are remembering a special class of citizen on Memorial Day goes without saying. Since time imme- right. Each column is a math equa- morial, Western societies have canonized warriors who sacrificed their lives. Exactly what makes up the character tion. Work from top to bottom. of those willing to sacrifice their lives in battle? Ancient Athenian statesman Pericles described them in making a plea to honor the dead who had faced the vast armies of Persia on the plains of Greece. “…In the face of death they resolved to rely upon themselves alone,” he said. “And when the moment came, they were minded to resist and suffer, rather than to fly and save their lives; they ran away from the word dishonor; but on the battlefield their feet stood fast, and in an instant, at the height of their fortune, they passed away from the scene, not of their fear, but of their glory.” These words apply equally to the Americans who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq, and to those who pre- ceded them dating back to the Revolutionary War. As our society drifts further away from the realities of war, it is necessary to remind the public of what the tiny minority does for the vast majority. That is what Memorial Day is all about. From the May 2011 VFW Magazine Oven Roasted Pulled Pork Fork-tender, succulent pulled pork! Solution on back page (don’t peek yet). 4 to 6 lb Pork Shoulder Roast (Pork Butt or Boston Butt) OUR FLAG...The United States of DRY RUB: America Flag is over 225 years old, yet 2 T Brown Sugar 1 T Salt Pennsylvania is the only state that has Flag 1 T Freshly Ground Black Pepper 1 T Paprika Day as an official holiday. 2 t Chile Powder 2 t Garlic Powder We live in the greatest nation in the world! 2 t Onion Powder 2 t Ground Cumin Our goal is….. 1 t Cayenne i To make sure that the public will never Rinse the meat and pat dry. Mix the rub and thoroughly coat all sides of the pork. forget the sacrifices America’s soldiers Preheat oven to 215 degrees F. make to protect our freedoms. Place the pork, fattier side up, in a large Dutch oven. Pour 1/3 cup apple juice into a i To teach proper care of the Flag. small, oven proof ramekin, and add 1 teas. liquid smoke. Place this ramekin in the Dutch i To teach America’s heritage, promote oven next to the meat. Cover tightly and place in the center of preheated oven. Roast patriotism, and observe patriotic holi- pork for 12 hours (over night works great). Turn off the oven and allow the pork to rest days. for 1 hour before removing from oven. Then pull apart into small pieces…. Enjoy! The next District 6 meeting MO Department Convention The 111th Nat’l Convention AUG 7, meal at 12:00 noon is June 9-12, 2011 Aug 27 - Sept 1, 2011 meetings to follow. Post 4287 Columbia, Missouri San Antonio, Texas Slater, Missouri Post Start planning now to attend. Start Planning now to attend. Computer Repair Center Boy Scouts of America Investment in Character 417 N Maguire Ste F Warrensburg, MO 64093 Campaign (660)747-0000 Your all in one stop for personal service done right the first time. We also sell used computers, come see what we have today! —-Testimonials—- Rick House “In business for 15 years and with 45 years combined experience, this family owned business provides friendly , courteous service. 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