Military Veterans

27FlagsTwenty-five military service organizations host the National Veterans Day activities at Arlington National Cemetery. They include The American Legion, AMVETS, Catholic War Veterans of the U.S.A., Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, and others. I belong to several of these organizations and have represented more than one at Arlington Cemetery on Veterans Day in the presence of the President of the United States. I would like to discuss anything having to do with military veterans or active duty personnel. Have you attended an American Legion Post’s Bull and Oyster roast? How does politics interfere with the smooth running of the military? Will our military stay strong or are we declining in strength? How can our veteran’s organizations maintain their membership? Are military chaplains a disappearing breed? What would  you like to discuss?

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  1. I had the honor this year of carrying in one of the American flags at the Veterans Day National Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. This year’s event was hosted by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. President Obama was the main speaker after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown. On two previous occasions I carried in the flag as a member of the Dewey Lowman American Legion 27-Flag Unit. This time I represented the National Catholic War Veterans. It was a beautiful sunny day and the crowd in the open-air amphitheater very respectful. On the podium with the president were the commanders of the twenty-five military service organizations which host these events. The Catholic War Veterans will host the event in 2019 and believe me, it is a major responsibility. As the National Second Vice Commander for the Catholic War Veterans I felt extremely honored to sit among so many real heroes of our country. We had an opportunity after the ceremony to meet with some of these men and women at the reception held in the Women’s War Memorial. The food and drink were terrific. May God bless each and every military man and woman.