by Juan Chavez
By the time you read this, the 2017 Veterans Day Parade in Fayetteville is behind us. As usual, it was a memorable event in that this year’s parade paid tribute to Vietnam War veterans and there were many, both in the parade itself, and as spectators along the parade route. Many more events are on tab around town to honor Veterans the weekend of the 11th of November and beyond; check the local newspaper and partake.
I would be remiss if I didn’t pause to recognize Powers-Swain Chevrolet for donating to our chapter the use of a courtesy car, a beautiful 2017 Camaro convertible, for use in the parade. This is the second year that the dealership has supported us thanks to the generosity and patriotism of its owner, Mr. W. C. Powers, one of our staunchest commercial sponsors. Thanks W.C. and to Larry Davis for driving!
Another noteworthy up-coming event is our annual general membership meeting on the 17th of November at the Iron Mike Conference Center on Fort Bragg. It is our last membership meeting of the year and a special one in that our chapter is hosting the North Carolina Council of Chapters quarterly meeting that weekend and approximately 50 out-of-town guests will be joining us for dinner.
The Deputy Commanding General of the US Army Special Operations Command, MG James E. Kraft, Jr. will be our guest speaker, and the 82nd Airborne Division “All American Chorus” will provide entertainment. Please join us in making this event one to remember. Take action by sending your reservations request to George Blanc NLT 15 November 2017 (see post immediately below).
Another “Take Action” imperative is to contact our elected officials regarding the FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) as it heads to conference committee. We need to bring their attention to several issues of great importance to our military. We cannot compromise on these critical benefits that help sustain our all-volunteer force. Send your legislators a MOAA-suggested message today.
In closing, I wish all of you a happy Thanksgiving Day this year, and safe travels if planning an out-of-town trip.