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Hello again from Post 5127, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. I, and my comrades at the Post, trust that you who read this column are doing well and looking forward to warmer weather. As this is being written, one would never know that Spring has arrived because it is just plain cold. Old timers call this chilly spell Dogwood Winter and say it happens every year. I will take their word for it.
At the Post, we are making plans for the coming year and part of those plans includes Community Service. I have mentioned many times in the past that Community Service is an important part of the mission of the VFW and I am proud to say that our own McCreary County post is one of the better VFW posts in Kentucky in that regard.
One would have to be blind to not notice all the trash that is strewn along the roadways of McCreary County. Sad to say, most of it comes from us, the very ones who live here, and not from visitors to our county. For many years, Post 5127 has been picking up trash along Highway 1651 from the Lord’s Gym Road to the Jody Jones Road. We have been doing this monthly as part of our plan to make McCreary County a cleaner place to live. This year, we have officially adopted this stretch of road under the Adopt-A-Highway program, and you will see signs to that effect placed at either end in the near future. We hope that drivers who use that stretch of road will help us keep it looking nice, but if they don’t, we will pick up after them, just like a mother picks up after a three year old. So, if you are reading this and you are one of those who toss their pop cans out of the car window, how about acting like a grownup and not a three year old?
At our March meeting, we were honored to have as guests, the new Commander of American Legion Post 115, Rhonda Armijo, and the new Adjutant of that Post, Lane Perry. If I am not mistaken, Comrade Armijo is the first woman to serve as Commander of that post. Comrades Armijo and Perry came to our meeting to express their support of our good work and to encourage both organizations to work together for the common good of McCreary County veterans. This is something that both organizations can agree on since both Post 5127 and Post 115 already cooperate in a joint honor guard at graveside ceremonies for deceased veterans. We look forward to working more closely with them for the betterment of our community. It is, also, the hope of the Veterans of Foreign Wars that, eventually, there will be no need for organizations like ours because there will be no more foreign wars that will take the lives of American men and women. However, there will always, hopefully, be an American Legion because American military men and women will always be needed to defend the American ideals of liberty and justice.
Several members of Post 5127 attended the 43rd Annual Military Ball at the high school on March 18. It is always an honor to be invited to this event and an even greater honor to be able to present an achievement award to a worthy cadet. Those young men and women who are enrolled in the JROTC program are an inspiration to those of us who have already served in uniform and we are so proud of them. Community Service is an important part of their lives, too, and they can be seen picking up trash along the highways, volunteering their service at the Christian Care Center Food Pantry on Senior Day, parking vehicles during the Polar Express, and just lending a helping hand when needed. Of course, their sense of patriotism and service is being fostered by the leadership of First Sergeant Garry Galloway and Master Sergeant Travis Crabtree, to whom we extend our sincere appreciation and respect.
That’s about it, for now. So, until next time, take care of yourselves, check on your elderly neighbors, and when you see a vet, don’t forget to say Thank You.