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Veterans News

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At the last meeting of the North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Organizations Coalition Meeting, the following information was presented. 

The Veterans Memorial is in the process of developing a plan to raise the approximately $4M required.  (They have collected or have pledged about $250K to date.)  The AUSA and ADA have both pledged $10K over the next three years.

Honor Flight: There is a Breakfast at Ruby Tuesday this Saturday morning, $5.  There will be a golf tournament at Redstone Links on Friday 28 March – If I get anymore information I will pass it on.  Supposedly there is information at the Golf course.  The next Honor Flight is April 19 (Saturday), then May 31.  Both these flights are paid for.  Honor Flight is planning on two flights in September and possibly one in October.  These need funds.

Also on Saturday April 19 – the Vets with Vettes will be displaying their vehicles at the Veterans Memorial Museum.  The event is free, but AER is looking for donations!  Come out and show your support for the AER.

Memorial Day is 26 May and there will be a ceremony in Maple Hill Cemetery.

Flag Day – Also the Army Birthday – there will be a two to three hour event planned for the site that the Veterans Memorial will be built.  The idea is get as many veterans down in the park and have a picture taken of them.  (This is still being planned.)  There will be an opportunity for each Veterans group to have a table or space to set up displays.

An Air show at the Airport will be on 18/29 June.

An item of concern:  There is still no decision of the fate of the Veteran’s Memorial Museum.  This will be one of the topics of discussion at our May meeting.  The city still has not told the museum where they would prefer them to locate.  If you don’t know it, the museum is staffed by volunteers and most of the items in the museum are from individuals private collections – the value of which is in the millions – and these individuals have donated the items to the museum.  If the museum is required to move, the cost of a new building and the moving of the items will be staggering.  Plan to come to the meeting on 20 May to learn what we can do to help keep this resource available to the public.

Art Meier

 

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