MH Veteran’s day

November 10, 2012

November 11th is Veteran’s Day.

Veteran’s day is a day honoring all US Military Veteran’s those who lived and died. Veteran’s Day was set because it was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 that World War I ended.

The man pictured is Sgt. Alfred Kristoferson. Alfred is a relative of my wife. He was killed in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on Oct 15, 1918 less than a month before the end of WWI. He was from Seattle, WA but was placed in a Michigan regiment as part of the 32nd infantry division. Sgt. York captured 132 German soldiers a week earlier very near where Alfred died. He is buried in the American Cemetery in Romange, France.

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For anyone wishing to honor our veterans and support a local boys troop.  MH resident Jon Domke organizes a wreath laying as part of the “Wreaths Across America” charity. Jon sent the following letter out
“Squadron 50 Members and Families,

Wreaths Across America 2012 is underway. WAA is a program approved by CAP NHQ that raises money to help our squadron while also honoring our fallen heroes. Each year wreaths are placed on the graves of veterans all across America. Originally the program was only done at Arlington National Cemetery but in 2007 was expanded to all national sites. CAP plays a very close role in supporting this worthwhile activity. Not only does CAP bring awareness to the project but we also participate in laying the wreaths and providing a color guard for the local ceremony. Last year we didn’t get the program started in time but were able to lay wreaths and assist with the ceremony. This year I hope we can be the lead color guard. The cemetery we sponsor is the San Joaquin National Cemetery in Gustine. For each wreath sponsored our squadron receives $5 that we desperately need. We have many needs financially and without charging monthly or annual dues like some squadrons do, we are left to fundraise. It would be nice to have enough money for cadet scholarships to National Cadet Special Activities and Wing Encampment. Please use the attached forms to spread the word and get people involved. Here at my work, AT&T, we have an annualVeteran’s Day ceremony and I have been lucky enough to speak about this program and gather sponsorships there. Perhaps you know of a similar opportunity or business that would be willing to feature our program.
While the sponsor form states that grave specific site requests cannot be honored by WAA, we as a squadron can certainly take requests for graves at our cemetery. Last year we placed a wreath on Lt Col Arthur King’s grave site.
Sponsor forms can be sent in directly by the purchaser or given back to us to send in. It is possible to donate online for those who want to pay by credit card but there is risk our group won’t get credit. When they choose to sponsor a wreath they needs to use the pull-downs to select our group and our cemetery,
Location: San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery Gustine – CASJNG
Group: CACAP146
I would like to set a goal of 100 sponsored wreaths this year from our squadron. That’s only two each for every squadron member and sponsor. Last year the squadron in Concord, CA sold 1520 wreaths! Please let me know if you have any questions or would be interested in showcasing our program to local businesses or groups.
Deputy Commander for Cadets
Lt Col Arthur King Composite Squadron 50 (CA146)
Modesto, CA
In Omnia Paratus”

One Response to MH Veteran’s day

  1. blackjack on November 11, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Thanks to all our soldiers and veterans who fought for our country. You are all “Heroes”

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