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Veterans' Groups Looking For New Members

March 1, 2013 by Special To The ...

The Cheshire Veterans Council is seeking members for its organizations, which are American Legion Post 92, Veterans of Foreign War Post 10052, the Army Air Force Round Table, and Am Vets. People who served in the U.S. military are invited to join.
According to John White, VFW Post Commander, “We veterans served America when we were in uniform and now, as civilians, we continue to serve our country through the activities of our organizations. We sponsor various public events, such as the Memorial Day Parade, the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies on the Green and Flag Day activities. These events are intended to honor America and to educate the public about the armed forces and their veterans. Our activities also include support for those now serving in the military and for their families. Most of all, we are dedicated to serving fellow veterans, their widows and orphans.”
VFW Post activities include the Voice of Democracy Essay Competition for high school students, the Henry E. (Hank) Carson Memorial Scholarship, and sponsorship of Boy Scout Troop 1. The VFW is the second largest veterans organization in America, with nearly two million members. For more information, call John White at (203) 272-2151 or jwhite8011@aol.com.
The American Legion is the largest veterans organization in the country, with nearly three million members. Local post activities include the National High School Oratorical Contest, Boys State/Girls State and Legion baseball. The post commander is Ernest Di Pietro, who can be reached at (203) 272-9215.
The Army Air Force Round Table is unique to Cheshire. It was begun in 1990 by World War Two veterans of the Army Air Force to keep alive the memory of their wartime experiences. It offers a monthly public lecture program. Its educational unit comes into classrooms in authentic military uniform with exhibits to talk with students about WW2. Round Table membership is open to the general public, veteran or not. For information, call Russell Baril at (203) 272-6300.
Am Vets is open to all American veterans. For information about it and about POWs and MIAs, call Rene Gagnon at (203) 272-4367.

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