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
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 18, 2018
Who would’a thunk we would be doing this for fifteen years? The Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council is once again holding its “Salute to the Troops” dinner. The annual banquet will be held on Friday, May 18, starting at 6 PM, at the Holiday Inn on Adrienne Drive in Breinigsville, PA. The event is open to the general public. Read the rest of this entry »
May 27, 2017
Result of Joint Lehigh Valley Effort with Recycled Rides Program
In a joint effort between the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council (LVMAC), Reliable Auto Body and the National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides Program™, the keys to a newly refurbished 2010 BraunAbility EntryVan (wheelchair adapted) were presented to the Mescavage family at an 11 a.m. on 23 May at Reliable Auto Body, located at 967 Sumner Ave., Whitehall, PA. Read the rest of this entry »
May 11, 2017
The Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council is holding its fourteenth, annual Salute to the Troops dinner. It will be held on Friday, May 12, starting at 6 PM, at the Holiday Inn on Adrienne Drive in Breinigsville, PA. This annual event honors military and veterans as part of the observance of Armed Forces week. The evening will include a distinguished speaker, dinner and dancing.
The featured speaker is Lieutenant General Joseph Martz (U.S. Army Retired), who retired in 2014 after spending forty years in service to our nation. The General hails from Pennsylvania, and began his service as an enlisted man in 1974. After commissioning in 1979 as an Armor officer, upon graduation from the United States Military Academy, he rose in the ranks as a notable warrior-scholar. Read the rest of this entry »