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Comrades,

I wanted to make you aware of some upcoming events that our post will be participating in this month and early next month. First, we are very happy and proud to be hosting this year’s Los Alamos Veterans Day Celebration. Our post, as well as many other local fraternal organizations have been meeting for over a month to plan this event which will be held on Wednesday, November 11 at 11am at Fuller Lodge. This year’s event will be a little different, as we have partnered with Los Alamos County as they will be celebrating the signing of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park on that same day, 10am at the LA Youth Center. For Veterans Day, we have the honor again to have Col. Ed Keith as our guest speaker and Alicia Solomon will be performing the National Anthem (a cappella). The Girl Scouts will be singing “Thank You, Soldiers” and Classic Air Medical will be providing the fly-over with a helicopter for the ceremony. It will be a fun event and we invite everyone to attend both the celebration and to join us for lunch following the event. The food will be prepared by Smokin’ Bear BBQ (Ron Smith).

Also, the Auxiliary has entered a float for the Los Alamos Holiday Light Parade which is scheduled for December 5, 6pm (thank you Joe Archuleta for volunteering to drive). This will be another great way for us to be involved with community events. So if you are interested in participating or volunteering to help with the float, please contact Tita Garcia.

As many of you know, we are also involved with the Voice of Democracy (VOD) Audio-Essay competition. The VFW established this program in 1947 to provide students grades 9-12 the opportunity to express themselves in regards to democratic ideas and principles. This year we have four participants that entered the local competition--judging will take place this week. The winner’s audio-essay will be submitted to the VFW New Mexico Department to compete at the state level. Our local winners have done really well at the state level in previous year, so we want to wish all our local competitors the best of luck in this year’s competition.

As you can see, this is a very busy time of year for our post. We will be involved with many community activities. And with that, we need to pause and honor all those Veterans who have served this great country of ours. We also need to take time to thank them for their service and sacrifice. And God Bless the United States of America!

Roger Anaya, Commander
VFW - John D. Gamble Post 8874