June 14th

LOW Veterans Club Honors Flag Day

The LOW Veterans Club encourages everyone to proudly display the American Flag on Friday, June 14th.  On June 14, 1777 the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white,” and that it contains 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”  

A  Wisconsin teacher originated the concept of an annual flag day to be celebrated across the country every June 14 starting in 1885.  In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially designated June 14 as Flag Day.    

The colors of the vertical stripes each represent a different value.  White signifies purity and innocence; while red signifies hardiness and valor; and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. 

The number of stars on the American Flag represents the number of states in the union.  In the late 50’s before Alaska and Hawaii were admitted as respective states, an Ohio student named Bob Heft designed his creation of what a 50 star flag would look like.  On July 4, 1960 President Eisenhower selected Heft’s design and both the president and high school student stood together when the 50-star flag was raised for the first time. 

Also, the LOW Veterans Club encourage everyone to attend the June 15 Wounded Veterans event hosted by LOW Adaptive Watersports Foundation.  It is very important to register for the event at adaptivesports.org.

At the recently held Memorial Day event hosted by the Veterans Club the following names of LOW of deceased veterans were read and honored;   ARMY:  Harold “Hal” Bailey, John “Jerry Griffith Davis, Richard Eusanio, Betram Heffernan, David “Dave” LeMay, Ted Ludvigsen, Anna O’Bannon, Gerald “Jerry” Schrage, and John Solebello.  MARINE CORPS: Robert “Bob” J. Clarke, Charles A. “Chuck” Tamburo. NAVY:  Bernard Merritt, David Motague, Curtis Pendergrass, and John “Jack” Walker.  AIR FORCE:  Boyd Bowers and Wayne Mayfield.

The next meeting of the LOW Veterans Club is scheduled for Thursday, June27 at 7 p.m.  Our guest speaker will be Bill Ashton.  He is the current Military Veterans Agriculture Liaison for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  

May 27th

LOW Veterans Club Honor Deceased on Memorial Day

As the nation gets ready to celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 27, the LOW Veterans Club will provide an impressive ceremony honoring those individuals who have died in active duty military service to their country.  The approximately one hour event starting at 11 a.m. at the flag pole in front of the Lake of the Woods Clubhouse will feature several ways of recognizing those individuals who paid the ultimate price of their lives for their country.

LOW residents and their guests are invited to witness the true meaning of Memorial Day.  Some of the patriotic events include proper raising and lowering of the American Flag, reading of the names of deceased LOW veterans, description of the historic meaning of Memorial Day, and the presentation of the wreath.

The LOW Veterans Club is also involved with observing all fatalities involved in the Battles of Chancellorsville and Wilderness on Saturday, May 25.  The Memorial Day tribute will be held at historic Elwood Manor which was the site of a Confederate hospital and later became the location of Federal headquarters.  

The one hour event will begin at 2 p.m. with the presentation of “colors” by the Lake of the Woods Veterans Club.  The featured speaker will be Park Supervisory Historian Greg Mertz.  The program will conclude with a military tribute to the soldiers who died during the historic battles from both the Union and Confederate armies.

Admission is free and open to the public.

In the spirit and intent of honoring fallen armed forces personnel the LOW Veterans Club recommends the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) that is a nonprofit organization that funded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall located in Washington, DC.  VVMF has created an In Memory plaque which contains names which honors the Vietnam veterans who have lost their lives as a result of their service in Vietnam.

Examples of death that fit the criteria include:  Exposure to Agent Orange; PTSD/Suicide; Cancer; Diabetes; Heart Disease, and Parkinson ’s disease.  For more information contact VVMF at InMemory@vvmf.org.  

Mar 28th Meeting, 1900 Hours

The LOW Veterans Club would like to describe the most valuable separation document that is issued to all active duty Armed Forces veterans.  The specific document is the DD Form 214 entitled Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.

The DD 214 is the capstone military service document.  It reflects the complete, government verified record of a veteran’s time in military service, awards and medals, rate or rank at time of separation from active duty.  In addition it reflects total military combat service and completed military training, and specialty.

The DD 214 completed form is commonly used by various agencies;however, the most significant is the Department of Veterans Affairs.  This definitive document is required for Veterans Affairs provided medical care, home loans, school loans, and is used for any medical claims of service connected disability.  

This same document is required by funeral directors to determine eligibility for interment in VA cemetery and other related veteran benefits.  The DD214 is also required for surviving dependent application for receiving death benefits.

Needless to say, the original DD214 document should be kept in a very secure location.   Copies can be made for proving veteran service for eligibility of any benefits and original never should be submitted.

The LOW Veterans Club will conduct its monthly meeting on Thursday, March 28th at the LOW Community Center starting at 7 p.m.  The scheduled guest speaker is Dennis Springer, who will provide pertinent information about the Marine Corps Museum at Quantico Virginia. Other topics of discussion will include regular Club business as well as the other veteran related information and issues.


Feb 28th Meeting, 1900 Hours

           The LOW Veterans Club will conduct its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 28th at the LOW Community Center starting at 7 p.m.  The scheduled guest speaker is Jenny A. Marra.  She has over eighteen years of experience as a Geospatial Intelligence and All-Source Analyst providing a full range of finished intelligence products supporting the Defense Intelligence Agency.         

            Her presentation should be both informative and entertaining.  Veteran Club members and guests are encouraged to attend as well as LOW residents.  

            The LOW Veterans Club membership is open to all LOW resident veterans who have been Honorable Discharged, retired, currently on active duty or serving in our reserve military armed forces.  The LOW Veterans Club meets each month to promote fellowship, patriotism, and provide veterans-related information.

            The Club actively participates in LOW celebrations such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Veterans Day.  Several field trips are planned for 2019.

            Annual Club membership dues are due for current members which is five dollars.  Dues payment can be made at our Club meetings or mailed to our treasurer Gil Churchill at 110 Cumberland Circle.  Initial membership dues are $25 which includes LOW VETS cap, nametag, and annual dues.     


World War II Veterans to Speak at LOW Veterans Club Meeting

The LOW Veterans Club will hold its first meeting of the year on Thursday January 24thfeaturing World War II veterans as speakers. Both Army veterans Linc Landis and Alex Salustri will share their memories and experience at the 7 p.m. meeting at the Community Center. 

Additionally, the annual Veterans Club Christmas Dinner featured eight living World War II veteran attendees who all reside in Lake of the Woods. Also any unclaimed military photos from the Christmas tree can be picked up at our January meeting.

The LOW Veterans Club had quite a year in 2018. Events included: celebration of 10 year anniversary of club; conducting Memorial Day Ceremony, Independence Day Parade participation, conducting Veterans Day Ceremony, and honoring all veterans at our December 7thChristmas Party.  

The Club sponsored the visit of the World War I and World War II Commemoration Commission’s WW I and WW II Mobile Museum.

In addition, the LOW Veterans Club performs “Final Salute” tribute to deceased LOW veterans at their respective funeral services. Assisting in the American Flag proper disposal is performed when needed.  Monetarily the club annually donates one thousand dollars to the “Families of the Wounded” foundation. 

Guest speakers included male and female retired military enlisted and officer personnel, former State Department employees, a battlefield photographer, and Orange County Sheriff.  Their entertaining and informative presentations were overwhelmingly welcomed by the membership.

Miscellaneous topics of discussion and information included: Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs services; burial benefits for veterans, medical and dental benefits for veterans, and other veteran relevant information.

The LOW Veterans Club is open for membership to any LOW resident who served honorable in any of this nation’s armed forces. In addition to the activities described above, the Club presents a place for member comradery and also a place to promote patriotism and citizenship. The Club current paid-up membership is 101 including 40 lifetime members and 6 World War II veterans.


World War II veterans honored at LOW Veterans Club Christmas Party 

The LOW Veterans Club held its annual Christmas Party on December 7th at the LOW Clubhouse and honored all veterans in attendance.  (There were more than 100 people present!) The World War II veterans were guests of the Club and provided special recognition as well as free meals.  That was also true for their spouses and caregivers. 

Specific World War II veterans included (in photo below):

Luis Amador (Coast Guard), James Cantrell (Navy), Link Landis (Army), Frank Liberti (Navy), William Phillips (Army), Alex Salustri (Army), and Ossie Schmidt (Army).

Additionally, the annual Veterans Club Christmas Dinner featured a Club-sponsored Christmas tree decorated with American flags; service identified Christmas bulbs, as well as pictures of uniformed veterans. The tree project was headed by Ted Cryblskey (shown below) and Fred Pullis.

In addition, the Veterans Club had a Missing Comrade table. The image of the plaque on the table is enlarged to allow you to read the importance of the various articles included on the table.


A special thanks to Nancy King and the LOW Garden Club for their efforts in decorating the Club House for the Christmas season.

The LOW Veterans Club wishes a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all residents of Lake of the Woods.   Also, each of us wishes everybody a Happy New Year.