Veterans News

By Don Kuntze, American Legion Post 353

American Legion Post 353 of Mustang and Auxiliary Unit 353 meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Mustang Community Center Senior Center. We invite all veterans and their families to join us at our next meeting, Thursday, June 12. For information about meetings and events, contact Paul Ray at 921-5819.

June 14 is Flag Day. It was first observed in 1887, and we celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of our country’s red, white and blue banner on this day. Fly your flag proudly today and every day. The American Legion Post will hold a “Dignified Disposal of Unserviceable American Flags” on Saturday, June 14 at 2 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Wild Horse Park. The public is invited to bring their unserviceable American flags for a dignified disposal and final salute.

Post 353 will host its annual fundraiser golf tournament on Sept. 27, 2014, at Willow Creek Golf Course, 6105 S. Country Club Drive in Oklahoma City. It will be a four-person shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Two-person pairs and singles are also welcome. A catered barbecue lunch will be provided. Please mark your calendar and join us for a day of golfing fun. Watch for ads in upcoming newspapers. For information, call Doug Gingerich 641-1075.

June 6 was the 70th anniversary of D-Day. During World War II (1939-1945), the Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Code-named Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.

U.S. Army 238th birthday. The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year.

Honor America Days. U.S. Code Art. 112 (a) Designation — The 21 days from Flag Day through Independence Day is a period to honor America. (b) Congressional Declaration — Congress declares that there be public gatherings and activities during that period at which the people of the United States can celebrate and honor their country in an appropriate way.

The POW/MIA Flag: Prisoners of War, soldiers captured by enemy soldiers during times of war, are casualties that can all too often be easy to forget. You can’t ignore the image of crosses lined in neat rows at Arlington and other national cemeteries that remind us of the high cost of freedom. In any gathering of veterans, the scars of war wounds and evidence of missing limbs quickly reminds us of the sacrifice of those who have fought for freedom. It is impossible to forget those Killed in Action (KIA) or Wounded In Action (WIA) because the evidence of their sacrifice is ever before us. Sadly, the same cannot be said for those who are Missing In Action or who may have been taken prisoner by the enemy and never repatriated. Since World War I, more than 200,000 Americans have been listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action. Less than half of them were returned at the end of hostilities, leaving more than 125,000 American servicemen Missing In Action since the beginning of World War I. During the 14 years of American involvement in Southeast Asia, and specifically the Vietnam War, more than 2,500 Americans were captured or listed as missing in action.

Fly your flag proudly on Flag Day and every day.





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