August 18, 2018
In the event any of you from the Lehigh Valley were planning on attending but did the get the word, the Washington DC military parade scheduled for 10 November to ostensibly re-commemorate the end of World War I was cancelled due to unreasonable cost. American pragmatism prevailed.
Source: Military Times article
As of 18 August 2018
July 25, 2018
On 18 July 2018, Tom O’Rourke of Team RWB, the chairman for the Social Recreational Confederation — LVMAC’s newest coalition — spoke to update the Council on its progress of the program and to explain how the membership can assist it.
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June 30, 2018
Annually, Zion UCC (see flyer) annually reads the Declaration of Independence at a Sunday Service. It serves as a reminder of how special a nation we are, and how blessed we are to have our liberties and freedoms — though we often take them for granted in our our workaday lives. Easton also does this on July 8
, the day in 1776 the Declaration was first read in this area. At the time, Easton was the seat of county government for what are now Lehigh and Northampton counties. Both events are worth the trip, for they cause us to think on how the Declaration of Independence came about.
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May 20, 2018
The Pennsylvania Music Preservation Society is conducting its first-ever “The Great Pennsylvania Music and Arts Celebration” at the Allentown Fairgrounds between 26 and 28 May. Admission is free. The part of interest to us revolves around the military and veteran recognition events and displays — and especially the ones involving the remembrance of those who gave their lives for us and, as part of that remembrance, for all our citizens to rededicate themselves to caring “… for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations” to ensure those lives have not been wasted. Originating out of the devastation of the Civil War experience, this is the purpose of Memorial Day — not the pomp and circumstance, the glitz and glam that often comes with it.
Towards that end, we have extracted from their program of events and listed below those parts dealing exclusively with our Council’s area of interest and, in particular, some of Monday’s events (click on the images to enlarge them). Read the rest of this entry »
May 10, 2018
The guest speaker for LVMAC’s annual “Salute to the Troops” Banquet has just been announced: Colonel Laura McHugh, who is the current Chief of Staff for the Pennsylvania National Guard will speak.
She began her career by enlisting into the Guard in 1986 with the 1068th MP Company as a supply specialist. She has held numerous diverse positions throughout her 31 year career such as Commander of its Recruiting and Retention Battalion; Chief of the Service Member and Family Support Division Chief; G1 (Logistics) of the Joint Force Headquarters; and Commander of the 213th Regional Support Group. Her most memorable assignment was her time serving as the Commander of the 131st Transportation Company from 1999 to 2004. It is with this command that she deployed to Iraq from February 2003 to May 2004 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning among other awards, a Bronze Star.
They say she can also parachute. Let’s see if she walks with a limp. Come to the event. Tap on the link above to do so.
As of 9 May 2018
April 25, 2018
[Editor’s Note: Considering this is the land of the “Bloody Buckets” and Bethlehem Steel was the largest shipbuilder of the time and armored the the modern Navy, it is surprising how little interest our state or its government have shown in the 100th anniversary of a war which dramatically changed us once again. This war completed our ascendance as world power in both the business and military senses of the word. We Americans tend to think that what is, always was, because we rarely put our ear to the rail of history. It is not so. And history is useful towards the learning of what works and does not work, if this special nation is to avoid arrogance. If you know a high school history teacher or a history or sociology professor, you might want to mention this symposium to them. ]
STILL NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP
World War 1 History Symposium – Saturday, 12 May 2018 at the United States Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, PA, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Please forward to any associates who might be interested!
Observing the 100th Anniversary of the First World War (1914-1918), four presentations examine a world calamity that fundamentally changed America. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania World War One Centennial Committee. Join Us for an Engaging Full-Day Program on The History of the First World War. This all-volunteer effort is free, but you must register. See the event flyer for registration details. Read the rest of this entry »